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The Creation of the Mythical Tangyejing EN

Wednesday, 12.05.2021
  • Will not be recorded
  • Classics/Philosophy
  • Herbal Therapy
  • All levels

In this course, Dr. Sabine Wilms will discuss the fascinating story behind a medieval manuscript on medicinal substances and formulas. Titled Fuxingjue zangfu yongyao dayao (“Secret Tips for Helpful Action: The Key to Using Medicinals on the Zangfu Organs”), it has recently become known in the West as “Tangyejing” or “Decoction Classic.” The long and controversial 4000-year-long history of this text takes us from the kitchen of the ancient Shang kings to the discovery of a hidden Buddhist cave in a sleepy desert outpost in the early twentieth century, the upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, and finally to its current resurgence as an introductory text on Chinese medicinals and formulas in the West. In the course of this story, Dr. Wilms will also touch on medieval Daoism as the source of medical knowledge, the meaning and boundaries of “classical Chinese medicine,” and the importance of collaboration between medical historians and clinicians.


  • Acupuncture Acupuncture
  • Herbal Therapy Herbal Therapy
  • Dietetics Dietetics
  • Diagnostics Diagnostics
  • Classics/Philosophy Classics/Philosophy
  • Qi Gong/Taiji Qi Gong/Taiji
  • Scientific Research Scientific Research
  • Hands-on with practical exercises Hands-on with practical exercises
  • Will be recorded Will be recorded
  • Will not be recorded Will not be recorded
  • All levels All levels
  • Beginners Beginners
  • Advanced Advanced
  • Half Day Course Half Day Course


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