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The progression of moxibustion therapy in Tang and Song Dynasty folk medicine: An analysis on the background of technology choice

Abstract

The changing status of moxibustion therapy in folk medicine from the Tang Dynasty to the Song Dynasty is a reflection of the distribution situation of popular medical resources during these periods. As a feasible therapy with a large popularity, moxibustion played a crucial role in the Tang Dynasty. The Song Dynasty saw some social development as well, because it was an active state power and social force in medical activities. Therefore, people at the lower class gradually benefited from decoction and acupuncture treatments, and the status of the moxibustion therapy began to decline. The changing status of moxibustion therapy in different dynasties embodies the changes in technology and the quality of life.

摘要

灸疗法在唐宋之际民间医疗活动中地位的浮沉能够反映唐宋民间医疗资源分配状况。灸疗法作为一种具有浓厚 “平民化” 色彩的疗法在唐代民间起着重要作用。 到了宋代,随着社会发展以及国家力量和民间势力对医疗事业的积极参与,使得汤药、 针刺等疗法逐渐惠及下层民众,灸疗法的地位开始下降。 灸疗法地位的变化,体现了不同时代整体技术水平和民众生活品质的差异。

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Translated by Chen Cheng from Tsinghua daxue xuebao 清华大学学报 (Journal of Tsinghua University), 2006, (1): 62–74

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Yu, G. The progression of moxibustion therapy in Tang and Song Dynasty folk medicine: An analysis on the background of technology choice. Front. Hist. China 2, 320–344 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11462-007-0019-3

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Keywords

  • the moxibustion therapy
  • the change of status
  • folk medicine resources
  • the Tang and Song Dynasty

关键词

  • 灸疗法
  • 地位变化
  • 民间医疗资源
  • 唐宋