Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Shen Nong Website
Here's a nicely-designed website with loads of information about Chinese medicine.
The Shen Nong website has sections on the history of Chinese medicine, diagnosis, terminology, and more, making it very useful for students, practitioners and patients alike.
For instance, here is some advice on using Chinese-style food therapy to boost fertility, and here is some advice on how to avoid PMS and have a smooth, pain-free menstrual cycle.
Shen Nong (神农 - one representation is above) is a mythic figure in Chinese medicine, the legendary author of the first Chinese herbal book, the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (神农本草经). Shen Nong means "divine farmer" or "spiritual husbandman". Husbandman might be the more accurate translation, as that implies working with and taking care of plants in all settings, rather than just in a domesticated setting, as a farmer does.