The Chinese city of Hangzhou and the tradition of natural medicine

by Roberto Poeti

Report of my trip to China

Natural medicine in China in Hangzhou City

In China has spread the natural medicine that makes use of the world’s plant and animal products. Especially in Hangzhou City, capital of the Chinese province of Zhejiang, one of the seven ancient capitals of China, focuses this ancient medical practice. The Western Lake made town of Hangzhou famous all over the world, is also known for local products, like silk, and green tea.

The topic is also addressed in this other article, always on this site:

Where is the city of Hangzhou

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Hangzhou is close to the city of Shanghai

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Pictures of the old quarter of the city of Hangzhou

In his old neighborhood of Hefang there are ancient pharmacies that prepare drugs based on natural products. A continuous coming and going of people flock to these places where medical examination follows the composition of natural drugs. Accompanying the pharmacies are clinics where a patient is hospitalized and treated

Interior pictures of pharmacies and natural products in Hangzhou
The Interior of the pharmacy of Hu Qing Yu Tang in Hangzhou

The pharmacy was founded by Hu Xueyan in 1874, 巷) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. It was  opened in 1878. It produced more than 400 kinds of natural drugs by collecting secret recipes; the activity of Pharmacy blends clinical practice. Hu Xueyan (Chinese: 胡雪岩; 1823-1885), also known as Hu Guangyong, was a notable businessman in China during the Qing dynasty.

A person close to the court

He was active in banking, real estate, transport and Chinese medicine. He is best known for being the only person of the merchant class in the Qing dynasty to receive a Red Hat-topped, a rank that indicates an official second level from the Qing court. It was also one of the few people who have had the express permission from Empress Dowager Cixi to go riding in the forbidden city, which was then a higher privilege.

The movie presents the main hall of Pharmacy

The hall where  natural drugs are prepared in a pharmacy in Hangzhou

Preparing potions. In traditional Chinese medicine it takes over five hundred drugs of plant and animal origin. The Chinese emperor Shen Nung, araund 3,400 BC, transcribed a treaty listing 360 types of vegetables with active ingredients with therapeutic effect. It was the beginning of Chinese herbal medicine. In the following movie you will follow a lot of activity in a pharmacy for preparing packages of natural remedies

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