Foreigners visit pharmacy

Foreign students discover the mystery of TCM in centuries-old drugstore.

For foreigners, traditional Chinese medicine is often a mysterious, even forbidding part of the nation’s culture.

The 300-year-old Leiyunshang pharmacy is trying to shed some light on the practice by welcoming foreign visitors.

This summer, more than 80 students from Singapore and the US visited the pharmacy’s flagship store near Jing’an Temple. They were told about the basic elements of traditional medicine and introduced to the herbs and other ingredients used in its treatments. They even got to make their own herbal sachets.

Ti Gong
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