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Traditional Medicine

As an important part of Chinese culture, traditional medicine culture has a history of more than 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (中药) refers to authentic medicine produced in certain natural condition and ecological environment. It has a long history to exploit and utilize these precious sources effectively which forms the basis for the development of Chinese medicine. For thousands of years, it has been worked as the main weapon in the prevention and treatment of diseases and played an essential role to guarantee people’s health and the nation’s reproduce. Botanical takes up a majority of theses medicine and makes a more prevalent use.

Since the founding of new China, especially after the reform and opening-up, traditional Chinese medicine production technology has made great progress and some in-depth researches about the cultivation technique were conducted. The Chinese herbal has more than 300 kinds of varieties with a planting area of 5,000,000 mu, which provides a solid foundation to promote the development of the Chinese medicine industry development. Some well-known works recording traditional Chinese medicine have been passed down, having a huge role and research value ancient and even modern Chinese medicine.

Representative Chinese Medicine
Ginseng (人参)- Ginseng is the household medicine to nourish one’s vitality and have effect to deferring consenescence.
Angelica (当归)-Angelica can enrich the blood, especially suitable to women.
Honeysuckle (金银花)-Honeysuckle is good for clearing away the heat and detoxify.
Pseudo-ginseng(三七)-Pseudo-ginseng is used to stop bleeding.
Fritillary (贝母)-Fritillary is a rare medicine to moistening lung to arrest cough.
Goldthread (黄连)-Goldthread acts on purging heat, fire and toxic material
Chinese wolfberry (枸杞)-Chinese wolfberry is good to nourish the kidney and liver, calm the nerves and improve eyesight.
Ganoderma lucidum (灵芝)-Ganoderma lucidum has the functions to enhance immunity, regulat the blood glucose and control blood pressure.

Classical Works
, also called is the earliest traditional Chinese medicine book originated in Shen Nung. Firstly, it was passed from mouth to mouth until in East Han period it was worked up into a book. It was collected, summarized and organized by many medical scientists rather than one person. As the first systematic summary of Chinese medicine, is recognized as the essence of the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. The book is divided into three volumes, accounting 365 Chinese medicines of category.

is another noble medical work written by Li Shizhen in Ming Dynasty. He concentrated his whole life to practice and collect and made a comprehensive summarty of consolidation which lasted for 29 years old. The book insists of 52 volumes, takes down 1,892 Chinese medicines and collects 11,0p6 prescriptions, attached 1160 illustrations to understand well.

Identification Method
observing appearance
- Pay attention to appearance like color, shape,      degree of thickness, cutting surface,etc.
touch-feel the medicine by hand hard or soft, heavy or light, loose or dense, smooth or stickty.
taste and smell-Smell of medicine correlates with its components. For example, peppermint smells fragnant, herba houttuynlae smells fishy, hawthorn tastes sour, goldthread tastes bitter, liquorice tastes sweet.

Tong Ren Tang, the most notable century-old pharmacy, was established in 1669, the 8th year of Kangxi Emperor. During the 300-year experience of suffering all kinds of difficult situations, Tong Ren Tang has always kept high quality, exquisite technology and significant curative effect. It has been counted for the China’s state-level intangible cultural heritage.



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