Huangfu Mi
Chinese woodcut, Famous medical figures; Huangfu Mi, Wellcome Collection L0039322
Traditional Chinese皇甫謐
Simplified Chinese皇甫谧

Huangfu Mi (215–282), courtesy name Shi'an (Chinese: 士安), was a Chinese physician, essayist, historian, poet, and writer who lived through the late Eastern Han dynasty, Three Kingdoms period and early Western Jin dynasty. He was born in a poor farming family in present-day Sanli village, Chaona, Pingliang,[1] despite being a great-grandson of the famous general Huangfu Song, via Song's son Huangfu Shuxian.[2]

Notable works

Between 256 and 260, toward the end of the state of Cao Wei, he compiled the Canon of Acupuncture and Moxibustion (simplified Chinese: 针灸甲乙经; traditional Chinese: 針灸甲乙經; pinyin: Zhēnjiǔ jiǎyǐ jīng; Wade–Giles: Chen1-chiu3 chia3-i3 ching1), a collection of various texts on acupuncture written in earlier periods. This book in 12 volumes further divided into 128 chapters was one of the earliest systematic works on acupuncture and moxibustion, and it proved to be one of the most influential.[3]

Huangfu Mi also compiled ten books in a series called Records of Emperors and Kings (Chinese: 帝王世紀; pinyin: Dìwáng shìjì). He was also the coauthor of Biographies of Exemplary Women (Chinese: 列女傳; pinyin: Liènǚ Zhuàn) and the author of Biographies of Exemplary Gentlemen (Chinese:高士傳; pinyin: Gāoshì Zhuàn).

See also


  1. ^ "朝那镇三里村,乡村旅游好去处_政务_澎湃新闻-The Paper". Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  2. ^ (谧字士安,安定朝那人,汉太尉嵩曾孙也。祖叔献,灞陵令。) Jin Shu (by Wang Yin) annotation in Shishuo Xinyu, vol.04
  3. ^ Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, 1987