Like all branches of Chinese medicine, women’s health has had a long history. The earliest records on gynaecological medical writings date from around 1000BC.
Bones and tortoise shells have been found with writings dealing with childbirth problems and a textbook called Book of Mountains and Seas (circa 300BC) reviews medicinal plants to address infertility.
The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine features many references to women’s physiology and anatomy, and to the diagnosis and treatment of of gynaecological issues.
During the Han Dynasty (206BC to 220AD), a gynaecologist was called a women’s doctor. The earliest recorded gynaecologists under that name were two doctors called Yi Xu and Chun Yu Yan. They treated one of the empresses during the Western Han Dynasty (206BC to 24AD).
In his book Discussion on Cold-induced Diseases, the doctor Zhang Zhong Jing refers to a previous book called Series of Herbs for Obstetrics. This shows that even before the Han Dynasty there were books dealing with gynaecology in China.
That’s millennia ago.
Since the early 1950s, Western and Eastern medicine in China have worked together and many innovative treatments have been prescribed.
We tap into these to bring such innovation to the women of Brisbane.
See our pages covering acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy as well.