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Sleep Medicine in Ancient and Traditional China

  • Liu Yanjiao
  • Wang YupingEmail author
  • Wang Fang
  • Yan Xue
  • Hou Yue
  • Li Shasha
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Abstract

The theory of circadian disorders rhythm reflecting the Chinese philosophy greatly influenced the development of the traditional Chinese sleep medicine (TCM), which has a long history of research in sleep and sleep disorders beginning with the Tang Dynasty (AD 618907). Sleep disorders, including insomnia, hypersomnolence, and dream disorders were known even before that (c. 403 BC). Since the dissolution of federal society in China (AD 1911), the medical science emphasized preventive measures. However, with the improvement of economic conditions, the prevalence of sleep disorders increased. The China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences took the lead in developing TCM in modern China by founding the Chinese Sleep Research Society and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies in AD 2008.

Keywords

TCM Yin–yang Tang Dynasty Tao Qi The China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences 

Reference

  1. 1.
    Liu Y, Gao R. Sleep medicine in traditional Chinese medicine. Beijing: People’s Medical Publishing House; 2002.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liu Yanjiao
    • 1
  • Wang Yuping
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wang Fang
    • 1
  • Yan Xue
    • 1
  • Hou Yue
    • 2
  • Li Shasha
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychology Department (Sleep Medicine Clinic)Guang’anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyXuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Information Institute, China Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina

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