Chinese Medicine

Bianque, From A Divine Bird To A Distinguished Doctor

In remote antiquity, a divine bird, called Bianque (扁鹊), could clear up people's trouble. "Que" means a magpie. In China, a magpie is a propitious bird. In the primitive times, the eastern tribes of the Yellow River Valley regarded birds as their totems. So the legend about Bianque probably came from the East. Why did eastern tribes regard birds as their totems? In the 17th year of Lu Zhao-Gong who was a monarch of Lu State, 525 B.C., Tan Zi, the monarch of Tan State, visited Lu.