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China unveils 100 new books on Buddhist medicine

Beijing: China has unveiled a newly-published 100-volume collection of books on traditional Buddhist medicine.

The collection was unveiled at the Shaolin Temple, the shrine of Kung Fu in central China`s Henan province, Xinhua reported.

The "China Buddhist Medicine Collection" includes more than 3,000 documents on theories and practices of Buddhist medicine.

The earliest of the works dates back to the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. - 220 A.D.), while the latest was written during 1912-1949.

"We use medicines to cure people`s physical illnesses and Buddhism to solve their mental problems. The combination of the two is aimed to restore the balance and harmony of man`s body and spirit," Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Shaolin temple and one of the principal compilers, was quoted as saying.

The Shaolin temple offered its manuscripts on medicines - some of which had never been revealed to the public before - for the book collection, he said.

The Shaolin temple, usually deemed the birthplace of Kung Fu, is also known for orthopaedics and traumatology - a branch of surgery that deals with major wounds caused during accidents or violence.

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