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.



  • The Chinese Medicine Database is an international grass roots movement of Chinese medicine practitioners, which is focused on the translation of the Classical Chinese medicine texts.
  • If 1,000 people could support a project like the Database, we could translate the entire library of Classical Chinese medicine texts.
  • The Classical texts of Chinese medicine are the foundation of all Chinese medicine. We have over 3,000 years worth of medical knowledge in libraries all over the world. While modern Western studies of Chinese medicine are inconclusive about how and why Chinese medicine works, we have all the conclusive evidence that we need.
  • Research is about going to the source, and following a train of thought from the past, and elaborating and building on that thought for the future. How do we move our medicine forward without access to the Classics, and the thoughts of the masters like Li Zhi Shen, Sun Si Miao, Zhang Jie Bin and hundreds of others.
  • This Database is about roots, our roots, and the foundation of our medicine. Chinese medicine is extremely complex, don't we need the insight from the generations of practitioners who have come before us?
  • In the end, the sum of this project will not be about one person, but will be about access to something that practitioners of Chinese medicine who live in the West will never have access to otherwise.


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