• Matthew Truhan, L.Ac.

Ancient Physicians: Qi Bo

Ni hao! My name is Qi Bo. I am named after the 25th century BCE physician and chief associate to Emperor Huang Di. Their conversations were compiled into the great classic, the Huang Di Nei Jing, or Esoteric Scripture of Huang Di. It was the first known written compilation of the theories and diagnostic strategies of Chinese Medicine, and an in-depth discussion of the channels and acupuncture.

Chinese woodcut, Famous medical figures: Portrait of Qibo. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Qi Bo spoke of living the moderate life, following the laws of Yin and Yang in order to preserve health. He thought the ancients lived longer because they followed these principles. The people of his time, he observed, were not living in harmony with nature, overindulging in work and play, food, drink, and sexual pleasure. In order to keep the Zheng Qi (upright Qi) harmonized and the Jing Qi (vital essence) replete, he was taught to live with a regular work and rest schedule and keep the mind clear of insatiable greed and excessive daydreams.


This is just a small part of many topics they discussed which became the basis of Chinese Medicine!


As for me, the snow storm got cold, and I am now lost in the Wellness Doctor waiting room. If you can find me, I will be your Lucky Grasshopper, and you will be rewarded with a 60 minute Tui Na massage from Matthew Truhan, L.Ac.

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