According to a record in the book “Shi Ji” (史記), Records of the Grand Historian, there was an exceptional doctor named Bian Que (扁鵲) who lived 2,500 years ago, in about the same period as Confucius during the Spring and Autumn Period (around 552–479 B.C.).
Born as Qin Yueren (秦越人), his incredible skills in medicine earned him the name Bian Que, the name of a legendary doctor from the era of Huang Di. Bian Que was gifted with clairvoyance and was well known as a doctor who could perform miracles.
It is said that Bian Que, who first worked as a noble hostel manager, obtained his knowledge of medicine and his supernatural abilities from the gifts of an elderly patron, a regular customer of the hostel who was impressed by 10 years of Bian Que’s kind and attentive services.
The patron gave Bian Que a packet of medicine with instructions for its use, and a set of precious medical books before he mysteriously disappeared.
Bian Que took the medicine as instructed. Thirty days later, he became capable of seeing through solid objects. After studying the books on medicine, he was soon able to use his X-ray-like vision and knowledge of diseases to diagnose and treat people’s illnesses.
As a doctor, Bian Que visited many states and kingdoms in China, and when giving treatments, he never differentiated between influential lords and commoners.
He had thorough knowledge on a wide range of treatment approaches, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, surgery, and the use of anesthetics.
He always selected the most suitable treatment according to the specific situations of the patients.
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