The knowledge base for Chinese medicine is incredibly vast.

There are thousands of medical texts which were written in the time span of the Han to the Qing Dynasties.

These books make up the core knowledge of pre-modern Chinese medicine.

Sadly, many of these books have not been translated into English, and there are thousands which never will be.

This is no small feat, as each small to medium text takes a translator at least a year to translate, and larger texts take even longer.

This is a labor of love, born from the desire to read the material that our teachers have read, and to drink from the source.

Our mission is to translate these texts in a literal way.

Most scholars will agree that a literal translation is the starting point for texts where the source material is in a different language.

Once a literal translation has been created, and is on the market, then it is up to our community to tease out the layered meanings within the text.

There are several ways that you the reader can help us reach our lofty goals, which we believe will greatly increase the resources for those interested in Chinese medicine.

First: A subscription to our Chinese Medicine Database helps pay our translators to translate texts which have never been translated before.

The Data within these texts is then searchable in Chinese or in English.

Second: We have published eight books to date, and they are:

The Bèi Jí Qiān Jīn Yào Fāng 備急千金要方 Essential Prescriptions Worth a Thousand in Gold For Every Emergency by Sūn Sīmiǎo 孫思邈 (Volume 2 - 4) Translated by Sabine Wilms

The Jīn Guì Fāng Gē Kuò 金匱方歌括 Formulas from the Golden Cabinet with Songs by Chén Xiūyuán 陳修園 (Volume I - III) Translated by Sabine Wilms

The Zhēn Jiǔ Dà Chéng 針灸大成 The Great Compendium of Acupuncture & Moxibustion by Yáng Jìzhōu 楊繼洲 (Volume I) Translated by Sabine Wilms

The Zhēn Jiǔ Dà Chéng 針灸大成 The Great Compendium of Acupuncture & Moxibustion by Yáng Jìzhōu 楊繼洲 (Volume V) Translated by Lorraine Wilcox

The Zhēn Jiǔ Dà Chéng 針灸大成 The Great Compendium of Acupuncture & Moxibustion by Yáng Jìzhōu 楊繼洲 (Volume VIII) Translated by Yue Lu

The Zhēn Jiǔ Dà Chéng 針灸大成 The Great Compendium of Acupuncture & Moxibustion by Yáng Jìzhōu 楊繼洲 (Volume IX) Translated by Lorraine Wilcox

Raising the Dead and Returning Life: Emergency Medicine of the Qing Dynasty Translated by Lorraine Wilcox

The Classic of Supporting Life with Acupuncture and Moxibustion Vol. I-III Translated by Yue Lu

These books can be found at our own store, as well as Amazon, the Journal of Chinese Medicine, Naturmed, and China Books

The purchase of these books helps us continue to translate and offer our community regular releases of never before translated books.

Lastly, tell your friends and peers about us. Only by doing this as a community will we really be able to make a critical mass, where we are able to accomplish a massive amount in our lifetimes!

We appreciate you our users, and our readers. Thank you for visiting out website.




Institutional subscriptions are available to:  Schools, Research Centers, Hospitals and Clinics.

Cost of an institutional subscription is determined on the number of full time people that are part of the institution.

Our institutional subscriptions work by IP recognition, and access is by "seat" where a "seat" represents a single user online. Subscribing to multiple "seats" then means having multiple concurrent users online.


Institutions have access to these Database services:

Single Herbs

Formulas/ Patents

OBGYN Modifications




Western Books

ICD-9 and CPT Codes

Ability to Read the Forum

Add on Services:

Institutional Translation Tools

    Our institutional version of our Translation Tools allows our institutional subscribers to translate a documents in real time with concurrent users.

  • This tool is not "seat" regulated, and has been designed with the class room in mind.

  • Institutional subscribers can open up to 10 virtual class rooms each with their own password protected documents, custom dictionary, chat system, and admin account to track users in the virtual class room.

  • For those institutions that have Chinese language as part of their offerings, we think that this tool will help you better teach your students in the class room setting.

This add on purchase is not available independantly, and an institution must subscribe to the Database in order to have access to this tool. Please ask to have your quote include the cost with the Translation Tools if you would like this service.

For a quote for your institution please contact us and include the number of people that attend your institution.

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Born: June 1st, 1941
Deceased: January 21, 2006

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