Culture of Tong Ren Tang Drugstore
Once Chinese traditional medicines are mentioned, Tong Ren Tang is a household name both in China and all over the world. Surely, Tong Ren Tang has had a splendid history over the past 337 years.
The founder of Tong Ren Tang was Le Xianyang, who originally came from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province and moved to Beijing during the Yongle reign of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). His ancestors practiced medicine for three generations. He was influenced by what he constantly saw and heard in his childhood and studied lots of books on prescription and preparation. He was dedicated to the manufacture of prescription drugs. The bolus he made using real materials and a definitive process was effective. He considered the drug business as a way to help others and maintain a living. It became his ultimate pursuit. Mr. Le founded the Tong Ren Tang Drugstore in 1669.
The raw materials and processes at Tong Ren Tang were strictly chosen. According to widely accepted recipes, literature citations, family secret recipes and prescriptions of the doctors of the royal court, the drugstore chose, composed, repeatedly investigated and adjusted medicines based on patients" feedback to make the drugs perfect. It also published the Tong Ren Tang Drug List. Tong Ren Tang provided imperial medicines for royal families of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), for about 188 years from 1723 to 1911 when the dynasty was overthrown.
Tong Ren Tang experienced ups and downs over several generations, and it became a state-owned enterprise in 1954. All kinds of Chinese medicine products from Tong Ren Tang have won worldwide praise for their unique prescriptions, first-class materials, professional process and effectiveness.