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The Chinese classical philosophy is termed "Tao", meaning literally the "way", whereby the generalized term "Tao" has come to be employed to cover certain ways of thinking, methods, laws and rules. With the advent of a written language in China there appeared works of classical philosophy of the greatest importance, namely The Book of Changes and the Yellow Emperor Classic. In these works, which have been researched in by scholars up to the present time it is pointed out: That which has no concrete form but by which everything in the world is necessarily governed so as to succeed or fail, to live or to die is called Tao, whereas that which has a form or is visible is no other than an article or thing.

In the <Yellow Emperor Classic> it is written: "The superior Tao is unfathomably high or deep. In another work, i.e. Book of <Master Zhuang> (a Taoist classic by Zhuangzai and his followers of the Warring States Period), it is written " As for Tao, it is sentient and credible, it lets things take their own courses and has no tangibility, it can be transmitted but not freely accepted, and it can be possessed but is incapable of being seen. It has its own substance and its own roots, and it has been in existence ever since remote ancient times before the creation of heaven and earth. It made gods of ghosts and of emperors, and it engendered heaven and earth. What is above the greatest summit of creation cannot vie with it in height; what is below the nadir of earth cannot be deemed deeper than it; what came into being before the creation of heaven and earth cannot compare with it in length of existence, and what grew up in remote ancient times is not so old as it."

Taoism (sometimes written as Daoism) is the English name for:
a philosophical school based on the texts the Dao De Jing (ascribed to Laozi) and the Zhuangzi.
Chinese alchemy, astrology, cuisine, several Chinese martial arts, Chinese traditional medicine, fengshui, and many styles of qigong breath training disciplines have some relationship with Taoism.

There exist in the present-day world two different systems of mode of thinking--- in epistemology, or the methodology of knowing objective things. They are the so-called Eastern thinking and Western thinking respectively. The method of thinking is of paramount importance as the basis and norm of behaviour in the development of every field of natural science.

In the course of development of human civilization there have appeared four traditional medical systems. Apart from the traditional Chinese medicine, there were Egyptian, Roman, and Indian medical systems. However, the latter three traditional medical systems gradually declined until they became extinct, with only individual prescriptions having survived by being scattered and preserved among the populations.Western medicine has a history of only over 200 years, while traditional Chinese medicine was the unique system of medical treatment of the Chinese people for thousands of years and, by virtue of its safety and efficacy, has made important contributions to the procreation and thriving of the Chinese people and has shown its tremendous vitality at the same time.

China has a great diversity of natural conditions, which have bred the rich and abundant resources of Chinese medicinal materials that endow China, as special favors of nature, with a superiority in the development of the Chinese medicinal industry.In her medical practice of several thousand years, China has summed up her clinical experience, formed a complete theoretical system of medicine and preserved both esoteric recipes and proved recipes totaling more than 300,000 in number.

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