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Spirit of stone: technical considerations in the treatment of the Jade Body

Lo, V; (2002) Spirit of stone: technical considerations in the treatment of the Jade Body. B SCH ORIENT AFR ST , 65 99 - 128. Green open access

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Abstract

The early imperial period was a time of rapid change in medical ideas and practices in China. Manuscripts and artifacts excavated from tombs of the second century B.C. along the Yangtze river valley bring fresh insights into some of the processes involved in medical innovation in the early centuries of the empire. Through examining exorcistic practices and petty surgery to the refinement of a body sustained and nourished by physiological essences, this paper describes recurring patterns found in the changing medical techniques associated with stone, be that lancets, hot pressing stones or mineral prescription. After the transition to a culture of applying fine metal acupuncture needles vestiges of these treatments found in early Chinese stone culture remain enshrined in both the theory and practice of canonical medicine.

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Title: Spirit of stone: technical considerations in the treatment of the Jade Body
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12437
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