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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-31

The silk road and sources of chinese medicine expansion: Part 1 – Materia Medica

Deaprtment of Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington, Washington, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sean Bradley
University of Washington, Washington
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/CMAC.CMAC_9_18

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The Silk Road stretched over land and across seas connecting Europe, Africa, and Asia. The trade of medicine along these routes has had profound impacts on the populations and traditions they have come into contact with. Chinese Medicine is no exception as it has taken numerous nonnative products and incorporated them into the unique philosophical construct of systematic correspondences that govern its practice. By looking at the four categories of primary source materials and studying the history of medical exchange along the Silk Road, we can determine how and where this information is used in Chinese Medicine. The Materia Medica (ben cao 本草) texts are the first source of information for this study that will explore multiple sources to better understand the development of Chinese Medicine in relation to the rest of the world.

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