Due to historical reasons, the loss of traditional Chinese medicine documents has been serious since modern times. Professor He Puren, a master of Chinese medicine, devoted his whole life in collecting hundreds of acupuncture and moxibustion documents, and was praised as the "first collector of acupuncture books" in China. In order to promote the prosperity and development of acupuncture and moxibustion, Professor He Puren devoted himself to sorting out and reprinting the collected ancient books on it, and put forward the grand idea of compiling He Puren's Clinical Comment on Treasure of Chinese Acupuncture-Moxibustion (Ming and Qing Volume) (hereinafter referred to as Acupuncture-Moxibustion Treasure). With the support of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Health, Beijing Municipal Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other parties, Acupuncture-Moxibustion Treasure was listed as a special commissioned project of Beijing Philosophy and Social Science Planning Project in 2005. Wholly designed by Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University, employed forces from the Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, CACMS, School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and other units and led by Professor He Puren, this book was finally completed after seven years of painstaking work by dozens of experts.
As the first official acupuncture and moxibustion book in the history of our country, Acupuncture-Moxibustion Treasure covers a large scale, including a total of 97 kinds and 13 million words of acupuncture and moxibustion ancient books in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Based on the time when the original books were written, they are collected and divided into two volumes, Ming and Qing Dynasties, with 15 sections in each volume. Forty-eight ancient books in the book are compiled and published for the first time. Many of them are unique books with novel contents, which further comprehensively demonstrate theories and clinical experiences of acupuncture and moxibustion in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In order to facilitate literature research and clinicians' reference as well as applicability improving, it is entered in simplified horizontal arrangement.
Acupuncture-Moxibustion Treasure is the first comprehensive compilations of ancient books on acupuncture and moxibustion in Ming and Qing Dynasties. With comments, it systematically analyzes and summarizes the academic thoughts and clinical experiences of acupuncture and moxibustion in this period, highlights the guiding role of ancient books in modern acupuncture and moxibustion clinical practice, and actively promotes the development of acupuncture and moxibustion clinical academic research. By retaining the original appearance of these ancient books, this book ensures the accuracy of its text. Moreover, by systematically collecting and sorting out the connection between different ancient books, it accurately evaluates the academic value and status of ancient books, provides a set of systematic and comprehensive ancient acupuncture literature for clinical personnel, promotes the development of acupuncture literature and makes breakthrough progress in its research.
During the compiling period, it was also supported by the "11th Five-Year Plan" National Key Book Publishing Planning Project, the National Science and Technology Academic Works Publishing Fund Project and other projects, and was awarded as the National Key Book for Ancient Books Sorting in 2008. Its publication has aroused widespread concern actively promoted the protection of ancient books on acupuncture and moxibustion, and increased China's importance in acupuncture and moxibustion philology. After its official publication, the book has been purchased and collected by libraries of major Chinese medicine colleges and universities and acupuncture professionals, achieving great social impact and economic benefits.