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By Zhu Linyong | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-07-14 14:36

These patches have been used in traditional Chinese medicine since the earliest recorded times according to Huangdi Neijing (The Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor), more than 2,000 years ago. [Photo by Hu Lingxiang /Asia News Photo]

A piece of sanfutie usually contains a paste of herbal extracts that are "hot" in nature according to TCM theories, and when applied to specific acupuncture points, usually on the back, shoulder, and neck, they replenish the yang elements.

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