Alcohol Use in Traditional Chinese Formulas

Historic records indicate that the Chinese have used alcohol in medicine since the invention of alcohol itself, an event that occurred approximately 4000 year ago during the recently archeologically verified Xia Dynasty. The intricate relationship between alcohol and the healing arts has even been incorporated in the emblem of the Chinese medical profession: The term YI (medicine, doctor), initially coined to distinguish “scientific” healers from shamanist quacks, prominently features the pictogram “Wine.”