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Suzhou Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Suzhou Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Brief Introduction

Located between Guanqian Street and Shantang Street, the museum of traditional Chinese medicine displays the achievements of Chinese medicine in Suzhou in different periods. The museum covers an area of over 800 square meters, the museum is built like a classical Chinese garden, with artificial hill, pool, pavilion, porch, winding corridor, plants. This Suzhou traditional Chinese medicine museum is divided into eight rooms. The exhibits feature ceramics, bronzes, ancient traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) books, statues, Chinese medicine specimens and relics of famous doctors, all which show the history and development of TCM in Suzhou.

History of Suzhou traditional Chinese Medicine Museum

Suzhou Musuem of Traditional Chinese Medicine1.jpgThe Suzhou Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum is located in the old house of Shen shixing, the great scholar of the Ming Dynasty. It is the first museum of its kind in China, was opened in 2002 and specializes in the traditional Chinese medicine of Wu Area (mainly Suzhou and Wuxi). Chinese medicine in Suzhou is an important part of Wu culture, and known as Wumen medical school. It was originated in Yuan Dynasty, and reached its heyday in Ming and Qing dynasties. In history, there were about a thousand famous doctors and around a hundred imperial physicians of Wumen medical school with over 500 medical books.  According to historical records, there have been thousands of famous doctors in Suzhou since the Zhou Dynasty. 

Know more of TCM

Yin and Yang:
They represent two abstract and complementary aspects that every phenomenon in the universe can be divided into. Primordial analogies for these aspects are the sun-facing (yang) and the shady (yin) side of a hill. Two other commonly used representational allegories of yin and yang are water and fire. The concept of yin and yang is also applicable to the human body; for example, the upper part of the body and the back are assigned to yang, while the lower part of the body are believed to have the yin character. Yin and yang characterization also extends to the various body functions, and – more importantly – to disease symptoms (e.g., cold and heat sensations are assumed to be yin and yang symptoms, respectively).

Chinese herbal medicine
The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of specific points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metal needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

What to See in Museum

The museum reflects the general picture of historical development and achievement in the traditional Chinese medicine of Suzhou. The museum is divided into five separated halls, with Chun Hui Hall as the main hall, to display the cultural and historical data of TCM, the ancient medical appliances, the TCM classics, the pharmaceutical equipments and the herbal medicine specimen of Wumen School. The exhibitions include treatment equipment, medical books and an introduction to the famous doctors of the past.

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The museum is divided into five separated halls, with Chun Hui Hall as the main hall, to display the cultural and historical data of TCM, the ancient medical appliances, the TCM classics, the pharmaceutical equipments and the herbal medicine specimen of Wumen School. 

Transportation

How to get to Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Take tourist No. 1, 2, 5 and bus No. 40, 55, 178, 202, 309, 313, 518, 529, 811, 923

Travel Guide

Admission Fee: Free
Address: 314 Jingde Road, Suzhou
Time for Visit: 2-3 hours
Tel: 0512-65224993 ext. 2200
Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm(Closed on weekends)

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