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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2011, Vol. 9 ›› Issue (10): 1145-1149.doi: 10.3736/jcim20111017

Special Issue: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Use of traditional Chinese medicine during the Red Army period in Chinese history

Fa-wei Wang(), Li-ping Chen, Jian Hu, Gang Zhang   

  1. Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China
  • Received:2011-04-15 Accepted:2011-05-09 Online:2011-10-20 Published:2011-10-15
  • Contact: Wang Fa-wei

In this paper, the authors make an analysis of the historical literature during the Red Army period of the agrarian revolution war, dealing with the situation of traditional Chinese medicine in the Red Army. During that time the Red Army had created revolutionary medical hospitals, gathering herbal medicine, growing herbal plants and producing Chinese medicines. At the same time the Red Army paid great attention to enriching Chinese medicine, cultivating practitioners and treating and preventing diseases using traditional Chinese medicine. During the Red Army period there was an extreme lack of medical facilities; traditional Chinese medicine played an important role in ensuring the fighting capabilities of the Red Army units. Looking back at the Red Army period, the development of our tradition can be seen, which enables future development of traditional Chinese medicine, as well as integrated medicine.

Key words: traditional Chinese medicine, red army period, review, history of TCM, drugs,Chinese

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