Out of Witchcraft to Zhuyou: Healing by Prayer
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Traditional Chinese medicine literature
Healing by prayer
Herpes zoster
Nocturnal fretfulness in infants



Submitted : 2021-10-31
Accepted : 2021-11-15
Published : 2021-11-30


Zhuyou is one of the methods to treat diseases in ancient China. It is controversial in modern times because of its mysterious form. Based on the observation and analysis of literature records as well as the folk customs of traditional Chinese medicine, this article discusses the methods of treating herpes zoster and nocturnal fretfulness in infants by using Zhuyou, with a purpose to summarize its therapeutic mechanism and principle, while taking its essence to make use of the past to serve the present.


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