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China seeks to reward outstanding figures in Chinese medicine
   2016-11-17 17:25:37    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Shi

Wu Xian, general manager of China National Traditional Chinese Medicine Corporation addresses the launch of the contest to find ten people who have made an outstanding contribution to Chinese medicine in Beijing on Nov.17,2016. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Wang Xin]

A competition to find ten people who have made an outstanding contribution to planting and cultivating Chinese medicine materials has been launched in Beijing.

Jointly organized by the China Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CATCM), the China Pharmaceutical Culture Society (CPCS) and the China National Traditional Chinese Medicine Corporation (CNTCMC), the "Son of Shennong" contest aims to reward practitioners for their hard work, and raise the profile of Chinese medicine.

According to folklore, Shennong, a mythical Chinese sovereign who was said to have lived around 2800 BC, gathered and classified hundreds of species of herbs and medicinal plants, assembling a classic of Chinese herbalism, the Shennong Bencao Jing (The Divine Farmer's Herb-Root Classic). Researchers believe the text is a compilation of oral traditions, written between about 200 and 250 AD.


A photo of Shennong, the God of Chinese herbal medicine.[Photo: Baidu]

President Xi Jinping has described Chinese medicine as "a gem of ancient Chinese science" full of deep philosophical wisdom, representing a thousand years of the Chinese tradition of keeping healthy. He also described it as "a key to open the treasure house of Chinese civilization."

Over 40% of Chinese people opt to consult a traditional Chinese medicine physician instead of taking western medicines when they are ill, says Wang Weiquan, director-general of Professional Committee of Planting & Breeding of Chinese Herbal Medicines with the CATCM.

Special guests at the launch on Thursday of the quest to find ten people who have made an outstanding contribution to planting and breeding Chinese Medicine materials. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Wang Xin]

Many Chinese people have devoted themselves to Chinese Medicine research and have made great achievements, Wang added.

Wang gave examples of Tang Xinyao, 84, professor of West China School of Pharmacy Sichuan University, and Xu Jintang, 87, pharmaceutical botanist who has made great contributions to research and cultivating Coptis Chinensis, used for treating heart disease, and Rhizome Gastrodian, an anti-inflammatory medicine.

According to Wang, 10 figures who've made an outstanding contribution will be selected and rewarded. The whole process is expected to take up to a year.

The organizing committee is planning to make documentaries on each, as a record of their achievements.

Special guests at the launch on Thursday of the quest to find ten people who have made an outstanding contribution to planting and breeding Chinese Medicine materials. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Wang Xin]

Candidates can submit their own names to the committee, or can be recommended by their institutions. Only those who have been engaged in Chinese Medicine research for over ten years are eligible to apply.

This is the first event of its kind in China, although the organizers say they hope more can be held in the future so as to promote the culture of Chinese Medicine and make a contribution to human health.

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