Yin Yang Shiyi Mai Jiujing

The Yin Yang Shiyi Mai Jiujing (simplified Chinese: 阴阳十一脉灸经; traditional Chinese: 陰陽十一脈灸經; pinyin: Yīn Yáng Shíyī Mài Jiǔjīng), or Cauterization Canon of the Eleven Yin and Yang Vessels, is an ancient Chinese medical text that was excavated in 1973 from a Han-dynasty tomb in Mawangdui Han tombs site (Hunan province) that had been sealed in 168 BCE.[1] It was handcopied in seal script on the same sheet of silk as the Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments and another text on cauterization during the Qin dynasty, around 215 BCE.[2] The text describes the pathways of eleven vessels or channels (mai 脉) inside the body, as well as the ailments associated with each vessel.[2] It contains many textual parallels with the later medical text known as the Lingshu, one extant version of the Huangdi Neijing.[3]

See also


  1. Harper 1998, pp. 14-15 and 23.
  2. 1 2 Harper 1998, p. 23.
  3. Harper 1998, p. 24.


  • Harper, Donald J. (1998), Early Chinese Medical Literature: The Mawangdui Medical Manuscripts, London and New York: Kegan Paul International, ISBN 0-7103-0582-6 .
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