At the Kunming city, capital of the Yunnan province, we have the chance to visit a famous Chinese Medicine Pharmacy with more than 100 years of history.
Herbs and a vast diversity of medical products are sold at this pharmacy located at the Kunming city center. The building still preserves the traditional style from the Qing dynasty time.
Below we offer a photographic report about Fuling tang, the Centenary TCM Pharmacy.
It was founded around 1857 by Mr. Le De and his son Li Yu Xing. At that time they decided to offer free consultation inside the pharmacy for those poor patients who couldn´t afford the medicines for the treatments.
To let patients return the favor, the ones that were recovered from the illness should plant apricot trees at the inner courtyard. Four trees for serious illness recovery, and one tree for minor or common sickness. Very soon the courtyard was full of apricot trees. That´s why the Pharmacy´s name was Fulin tang, commemorating the “blessing of the medical practice for future generations”.
To mix and deliver some herbal formulas, the products should be kept at wood traditional boxes that let dry and preserve all the roots or herbs in the proper way. To create the Herbal Formulas, it´s necessary to measure every medicine and distribute it properly. Always according to the daily dosage prescribed by the TCM Doctor.
That kind of pharmacy has become a symbol of quality and professionalism for the regular customers of Kunming city center.