Who Did What in Ancient China: Healers and Medicine

In ancient China, sick people went to see a healer. Healers were like doctors although thousands of years ago, healers knew less about the science of medicine than we do today. They sought the help of magical spirits; the people called them “shaman”, “medicine man” or “folk doctor.” But about 1,100 years ago, Chinese doctors began to go to medical school.

As civilization advanced, magic played less of a role in healing.

In time, healers learned various techniques that they utilized to help their patients. They used techniques such as Tui Na’ (massage therapy); acupuncture; moxabustion; herbs; nutrition; Qigong (breathing techniques and meditation); Tai Chi Chuan or other martial arts, Feng Shui (the practice of positioning objects based on yin and yang and the flow of chi or energy) and Chinese astrology. This knowledge was handed down from one generation to the next.

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