Rhonda Chang's Chinese Medicine Masquerading as Yi PDF

By Rhonda Chang

during this publication Rhonda Chang reminds us that earlier than the advent of Western medication into China, drugs was once Yi. Then Yi grew to become Zhong Yi (Chinese medication) in preference to Xi Yi, which was once Western drugs. starting within the Nineteen Fifties, the chinese language govt made concerted efforts to reformulate Yi with glossy western technological know-how and constructed a chinese language new drugs which might use herbs, acupuncture and nonetheless be able to discourse with many of the outdated terminology of Yi. How this new drugs was once created used to be via stripping away the conventional theories of yinyang and wuxing and exchanging them with an idea known as bianzheng lunzhi which was hoping to imitate a Western biomedical method of the physique and therapeutic. This new drugs however might masquerade as conventional and chinese language however the equipment of matching pseudo-traditional prognosis and old formulation with sleek biomedical different types of sickness has basically been a prescription for failure and incoherence.
in addition to outlining the ancient substitution of Yi by way of modern chinese language medication, Chang argues that this scientific substitution was once essentially a technique of self-colonisation, the end result itself as a result of western imperialism and colonialism, and in addition in response to a protracted record of practices and ideas that 20th century intellectuals in China rejected for being backward, feudal and unscientific.

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