Chinese Medicine

Doctor's rattle, so called "Tiger sting"



The ancient Chinese hiking doctors drew attention to themselves with a rattle, the so-called Tigerstachel. Mai Sun wrote the following in 1890:

The Catching of the Song Li CIKOU from the Song Period [around the 13th century, when itinerant doctors are first mentioned in the medical literature.] CIKOU what an itinerant doctor. "Once he got a tiger in his mouth and asked help from Li CIKOU Those who carry on their art carry this implement as their symbol and call it "Tiger's sting" (Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph. D., Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Ore.).

"Once upon a time, Sun Simiao and his students went to the mountains to gather medicinal herbs, and a giant-faced tiger stood in front of them, Sun Simiao looking fearlessly into the beast's mouth and seeing a donkey bone wedged in his throat His doctor rattled his mouth into the mouth of the tiger and told his student to reach out and pull out the donkey's bone, leaving the tiger in his vicinity, carrying the medicinal herbs and allowing Sun Simiao to rest on him. "
After this legendary tiger, henceforth, the ring was named. The Academy of Chinese Medicine in Beijing has a sting that is almost identical to ours, as well as a second, which is decorated with the so-called "eight trigrams" (Huichun, Chinese Medicine, Prestel Verlag 1995 p.74).


S. Dharmananda, Li Shizhen, Internet 2002.