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Lost medical text from 8th-century Japanese Buddhist monk has been discovered

One piece of intangible cultural heritage——

There are 766 prescriptions in existence, including soup, powder, pills, and ointment.

Jennifer Oulette – 11:17 PM UTC November 17, 2022

Priest in Meditation, 15th century. Possibly the blind Chinese priest Jianzhen (Ganjin in Japanese; 688-763). Priest in Meditation, 15th century. Possibly the blind Chinese priest Jianzhen (Ganjin in Japanese; 688-763).

enlarge/ Priest in meditation, 15th century. Possibly the blind Chinese priest Jianzhen (Ganjin in Japanese; 688-763).

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Practice herbal medicine known as Kampo in Japan, this treatment is often prescribed along with Western medicine Prescription (and covered by the national healthcare system). The first person to teach TCM in Japan was an 8th century monk named Jianzhen (Jianzhen in Japanese), who collected about 1,200 prescriptions into a book: A map of Jianzhen's six attempted voyages to Japan. The Secret Recipe of the Sage Jianzhen (Sage Jianzhen)

. The text was thought to have been lost for centuries, but the authors of a recent paper published in the journal Compounds stumbled upon a book published in 2009 that contained the authenticity of most of the original prescription.

” before the book See Master’s Secret Recipe was found, and everyone thought it had disappeared into the world,” wrote Liu Shihui and his co-authors at Okayama University in Japan. “Fortunately, we found it before it disappeared completely. It has not yet been listed as an intangible cultural heritage. As we all know, intangible cultural heritage itself is very fragile. Everything has a process of generation, growth, continuation, and extinction. The remains of intangible cultural heritage are also in such a dynamic process. We hope to attract more people’s attention , to protect many non-material cultures that are about to disappear, including . ”
Jianzhen was born in Yangzhou, China, and entered university at the age of fourteen. Yunsi. Aged, eventually abbot of Daming Temple. He is also known to possess medical expertise—passed down from generation to generation by monks—and even opened a hospital within the temple. In the fall of 742, a Japanese envoy invited Jianzhen to Japan to give lectures , the monk agreed (although some of his disciples were not happy). But the time travel was not successful. His next three attempts to travel to Japan were also unsuccessful. Priest in Meditation, 15th century. Possibly the blind Chinese priest Jianzhen (Ganjin in Japanese; 688-763).

enlarge/ Jianzhen went to Western Map six times.

S. Liu et al., 2022

Zhen’s fifth attempt to go to Japan in 748 made some progress. The ship was blown away by a storm and landed on Hainan Island. The monk returned to his temple by land after many hardships, giving lectures at the monastery along the way. Nearly three years later He only returned when he was already blinded by an infection. However, the sixth attempt proved successful. After a six-month voyage, Jianzhen reached Kyushu in December 748 and Nara in the spring of the following year, where the monk There was a warm welcome from the emperor. According to the author, Jianzhen brought many traditional ingredients to Japan, including musk, agarwood, snail, rosin, dipterocarp, gallnut, cane sugar, benzoin, incense, and Dutch pipe root, as well as honey and sugar cane—all of which make up about 36 basis for different medicines. During his journey from China to Japan, he also managed to collect other ingredients.
After settling down at Toshodaiji, the monk began growing medicinal herbs in the garden, distributing his herbs to those in need—including Emperor Shomu and Empress Komei. Although he was blind, he could still distinguish various medicines by smell, taste and touch. He also taught many Japanese how to collect and make these medicines. In fact, many Japanese medicinal materials were once wrapped in paper with a picture of Jianzhen on it.

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