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Tongrentang Chinese Medicine Culture

Tongrentang Chinese Medicine Culture

As an old brand of traditional Chinese medicine famous both in and outside China, Beijing Tongrentang was first built in 1669. Since Tongrentang started to make medicines for the royal court in 1723, it followed the imperial standard for medicinal materials and adhered to the secret imperial prescriptions and pharmaceutical methods throughout the 188 years until 1911, forming a strict quality supervision system. As a result, Tongrentang, together with Institute of Imperial Physicians of the Qing Dynasty and the Imperial Dispensary, has formed a particular style and traditional knowledge of Tongrentang Chinese medicine based on their harmonious cooperation.

The culture of Tongrentang Chinese medicine is mainly reflected in the values of serving the people and cultivating benevolence; the quality view that no effort should be spared, no matter how complicated the procedures of pharmaceutical production are, and no material shall be reduced or substituted, no matter how much the cost is; the business concept of relying on good faith and focusing on harmony; and a professional ethic that we should do things with sincerity and in good faith, even without supervision from others, because God sees. The special brand and trademarks also display this medicine culture. The traditional Chinese medicine processes of Tongrentang are mainly recorded in Pill, Powder, Ointment and Small Pill, Ancestral Feeding Know-How of the Yue’s Family and Tongrentang General Catalogue of Pills, Powders, Ointments and Pellets for Symptomatic Treatment. Tongrentang Chinese medicines are characterized by integrating traditional Chinese medicines and royal pharmaceutical techniques, which can be summarized into four phases, namely, unique recipes, top-class raw materials, excellent workmanship and evident curative effect.

However, due to the influence of western modernization, the original Chinese medicine manufacturing techniques and pharmaceutical features of Tongrentang are facing adverse conditions. The ancient pharmaceutical methods are restricted, thus the unique techniques risk of being lost.  All Tongrentang staff are working unceasingly to protect the excellent traditional culture, and they looking for the respect and protection from the whole of society.