About Huatuo

Hua Tuo“The body needs exercise, but it should not be excessive. Motion consumes energy produced by food and promotes blood circulation so that the body will be free of diseases just as a door hinge is never worm eaten.” — Hua Tuo

Hua Tuo was born around 110 A.D. in what is now Anhui Province, one of the four major herb distribution centers of modern China. He lived for about 100 years and died around 207 A.D.

The legend has it that knowing well the way to keep one in good health, Hua tuo still looked hale and hardy when he was almost 100 and he was thought as immortal. Hua Tuo is a famous and highly respected physician of the late Eastern Han Dynasty.

He is well known for his expertise in acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, and surgery. When using acupuncture and herbs, he emphasized on using a small number of acupuncture points or small number of herbs in a prescription to attain good results. He practiced Qi Gong and created the frolics of the five animals, in which one imitates the actions of tiger, deer, bear, ape and crane. These practices are later incorporated into various health promoting martial arts practices. His name is always mentioned in relation to surgery, as he was considered the first surgeon of China, and one of the last famous surgeons of ancient China.

The herbal anesthetics were also invented by him known as numbing powder taken with alcohol before surgery. Due to Hua Tuo’s enviable reputation, his name and image adorn numerous products such as Hua Tuo acupuncture needles, Huatuo medicated plasters and a set of frequently used acupuncture points (called Hua Tuo Jiaji). Being an accomplished Taoist and following its principles, Huo Tuo did not seek fame or fortune, though much praise was heaped upon him. He chose to practice medicine for his life time and turned down offers for government service from high-ranking officials. Inspired by this legendary and miracle working doctor, Hua Tuo Institute is named after him in memory of his medical skills and medical ethics. The Institute is committed to carry forward and follow his immortal spirit.


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