China’s Gift to the Healing Arts

To fmd the roots of Chinese medicine, you’d have to dig back some 4,500 years. That’s when the Fire Emperor Shen Nong first experimented with medicinal herbs. The herbs that he identified were later recorded in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (The Classic Materia Medica of Shen Nong), which dates from around 200 B.C., according to Kevin V. Ergil, Ph.D.,