Wangjing Hopstil Beijing Herbal Pharmacy. - DH

Wangjing Hosptial Beijing Small Package Herb Pharmacy. Herbs are pre packaged in common dosages (5 g, 10 g) for quick formula filling. I’m not sure how often this pharmacy is used in comparison to the traditional pharmacy (next post). - DH

Wangjing Hospital Beijing Granules Dept. You have the individual granule containers, stored in rows. Then you have the packaging machine, where the formula is entered. Then the granule containers are placed in the big hole and the machine extracts the right dosage from each container (each container has a bar code). Then the final product - a wheel with pie shaped sections. Each section being a single dosage of granules. - DH

On arrival in Beijing from Dalian we had lunch with Dr. Lu, his son, and other students (including Lilly’s classmate from Liaoning  who is a student of Dr. Lu’s and practices in his office). Dr. Lu is 92 and has been practicing for 72 years. He is considered one of 100 national treasures of TCM I believe. (By lunch I don’t mean that we chatted or schmoozed much. We were lucky enough to meet him. We made a few toasts and enjoyed the meal and then went to see his clinic.) The first picture is the name of his clinic. The second is a poem Dr Lu wrote about treating patients with consideration to the middle jiao. He and all his students give special importance to maintaining the middle jiao when treating patients. -DH

Lilly’s brother and friends. They hooked us up in Dalian making sure that we had easy access into and out of the train station and transportation around Dalian. They also treated us to lunch and dinner and such delicacies as Sea Cucumber, Abalone, and Conch. Their hospitality was very much appreciated. - DH

Lilly’s brother and friends. They hooked us up in Dalian making sure that we had easy access into and out of the train station and transportation around Dalian. They also treated us to lunch and dinner and such delicacies as Sea Cucumber, Abalone, and Conch. Their hospitality was very much appreciated. - DH

Some pics from the the schools Herbal Department in Dalian (I’m pretty sure it’s the  herbal pharmacy department not internal medicine.) We had a presentation on Pao Zhi (Herbal Processing) and a quick demo. There are some pics there of a Traditional Pao Zhi set and some E Jiao being made into E Jiao Zhu. Herbal Pharmacy students learn Pao Zhi in their undergrad and then go on to do research in their graduate programs. - DH

Tonight is our groups last night in Shenyang. Over the next two days we’ll have a lecture in Dalian and then end up in Beijing. Most of us had a small dinner at a nice restaurant. The meal was a little light though, so Austin our translator and main go to person here wanted to know if I wanted to try some Chinese barbecue. I said sure. He mentioned that most of our meals had been at larger nice restaurants but there were some places he liked that we’re just slightly off the beaten track but he hadn’t take us there in case anyone got sick (even though he felt these were fine). So off we went to have some beer and bbq skewers.

   The food was great. The restaurant was run by Hui Chinese who are Muslim. During the first half of the meal I was thinking that food was great and reminded me of many a nights eating after drinks at middle eastern food joints in NYC (the cuisine isn’t really that similar except for the barbecue). We had chicken, beef, some beef tendon, mushrooms, veggies wrapped in bean curd. Yum.

Then out came the barbecued cocoons of some sort. I had been joking with the girls at almost every meal the past few weeks that we were going to order the cocoons off of the picture menu but I never really intended to eat them. Well, I guess my time to try them was here. When in Rome….. They weren’t that bad. They had a nice seasoning and you were supposed to chew and squeeze the insides out and spit out the shell. I can’t say I squeezed very enthusiastically but I did eat about two of the three ordered for me. Austin said they are a good source of protein :) Apparently, they are slightly out of season so they weren’t that full of the white/green insides that come out as you bite them. Don’t worry, if you come here you can easily avoid this dish if it isn’t your taste. There is plenty of other great things to eat.  -DH

Yesterday our group visited the hospitals herb processing center. On the first floor the herbs are pulverized and prepared for whatever else they will be made into. Some are made into formulas in some of the big vats shown. Others are made into honey pills, there are pics there of the honey cooking, they are mixed in with the powdered herbs in a separate vat and then the pills are packaged and sealed (see the pic with the package with the big circles). Other herbs are also processed into granules, capsules, enemas or tablets. There is a pic there of some tablets drying there on racks. - DH

I had a chance today to ask some further questions about the Herbal Baths offered by the school. You can see some of the tubs used in the pics. Plus there is a pic of some nice chairs and the ceiling in a private treatment room in a small VIP section of the hospital. There is a picture of the Dean of the Herbal Bath Department Dr. Wang, Austin (Master’s Student and our translator), and myself. - DH

These are from a great two morning lecture on Yangsheng (Nourishing Life Practices) by Dr. Fan Xu. - DH