chapter  4
Ancient Far East
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Medicine in Ancient China has been traditionally noninvasive. According to Confucian teaching, the human body is sacred and therefore it cannot be dissected. The Chinese concentrated their healing practices into harmonizing the body, which led to a vast number of internal therapies for every kind of ailment. A combination of Confucianism and superiority of internal therapy led to limited surgical knowl­ edge and practice.