Chinese acupuncture applies for intangible world culture heritage

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Chinese acupuncture applies for intangible world culture heritage

Post  murphy on Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:50 am

China's Health Ministry has officially submitted an application for Chinese acupuncture to be recognized as an intangible world heritage.According to People's Daily Online

"Wang Guoqiang, the vice minister of China's Health Ministry and the director of State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, said the Health Ministry was planning to apply to have the Chinese acupuncture placed on the UNESCO Intangible World Culture Heritage List, and the application proposal has already been finished and submitted to United Nations."--from People's daily website.

Cultural heritage is not limited to material manifestations, such as monuments and objects that have been preserved over time. This notion also encompasses living expressions and the traditions that countless groups and communities worldwide have inherited from their ancestors and transmit to their descendants, in most cases orally.Acupuncture has a clearly recorded history of about 2,000 years, but some authorities claim that it has been practiced in China for some 4,000 years. The Chinese believe that the practice of acupuncture began during the Stone Age when stone knives or sharp edged tools, described by the character 'Bian', were used to puncture and drain abscesses. In fact the Chinese character 'Bian' means the 'use of a sharp edged stone to treat disease', and the modern Chinese character 'Bi', representing a disease of pain, is almost certainly derived from the use of 'Bian stones' for the treatment of painful complaints.

Best Wishes to Chinese acupuncture.

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