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Yellow Emperor,

Mandarin Huangdi, legendary Chinese ruler and culture hero; tradition holds that he reigned from 2697 B.C. to 2597 B.C. He is one of the mythical prehistoric emperors who supposedly created the basic elements of Chinese civilization. His wife is said to have developed silk production. Along with the semimythical Lao TzuLao Tzu
, fl. 6th cent. B.C., Chinese philosopher, reputedly the founder of Taoism. It is uncertain that Lao Tzu [Ch.,=old person or old philosopher] is historical. His biography in Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Records of the Historian (1st cent. B.C.
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, he was associated in the traditional Chinese folk culture with the founding of Taoism.
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According to "Yen Di and Huang Di, Ancestors of the Chinese Nation," Huang Di and Yen Di became the victors of the battle of "Zhuolu" and were credited for the foundation of the Han Chinese culture.
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The start of the discipline was marked by the publication of Huang Di Nei Jing (Canon of Medicine) the oldest and most respected medical classic in China.
Apart from famous examples of classical medical literature such as the Huang Di Nei Jing, Shen-nong Bencao Jing, Bencao Gangmu, and the Shanghan Lun, there are many other texts that are little known even to Chinese medicine practitioners, let alone Western ones.