Qibo

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Qibo
Chinese 岐伯
Chinese woodcut, Famous medical figures; Portrait of Qibo Wellcome L0039315

Qibo (Chinese: 岐伯; pinyin: Qíbó; Wade–Giles: Chi Bo), was a mythological Chinese doctor, employed by Yellow Emperor (Huangdi) as his minister. It is said that he was enlightened with the knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine by an ethereal being from the heavens.

He was a doctor in shanggu shidai (simplified Chinese: 上古时代; traditional Chinese: 上古時代; pinyin: shànggǔ shídài) in legend. He lived in Beidi (Chinese: 北地; pinyin: běidì, now Qingyang).

It is said that he had learned medicine from some celestial being like Guangchengzi, Chisongzi (Chinese: 赤松子; pinyin: chìsōngzǐ), Zhongnanzi (Chinese: 中南子; pinyin: zhōngnánzǐ). He recognized medicinal herb in daylight, learned Tao of health maintenance and mastered jingluo medicine. Zhongnanzi recommended Qibo to Yellow Emperor, while Yellow Emperor asked Tao to Guangchengzi in Kongtong Mountains. Qibo became the chancellor of Yellow Emperor. He sampled medicinal herbs by the order of Yellow Emperor. Yellow Emperor Neijing is the a book comprising the dialogues regarding medicinal problems between Yellow Emperor and Qibo.