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A035 Mountain Herb Collection, an activity that every traditional Chinese medicine practitioner must participate in at least once in their lifetime.

Before participating in the activity, I knew that picking medicinal herbs on the mountain would be fun, but I didn't expect it to be so much fun! 🥳


On the first morning after arriving at the accommodation, I familiarized myself with the environment, looked at various flowers and plants, breathed fresh air, and felt completely relaxed.

? Flower image

Then I went to the small hill near the accommodation to do some exercises. The slope was gentle and the soil was soft, so it was relatively easy. There were many chestnut trees on the mountain, and the ripe chestnuts fell all over the ground. We picked them up while walking, but soon got tired of it. The full chestnuts were left on the ground, which made Zhao teacher repeatedly make fun of us.

? Chestnut video, chestnut photo

On the first day, we encountered many Chinese medicinal herbs, such as Huang Jing, Sha Shen, and Suan Zao Ren.

? Day1 video

In the evening, we chatted and forgot to process the medicinal herbs. The next morning, Zhao teacher scolded us for it. 😅


On the second day, we started to increase the intensity. We came to a mining area where few people had been. There were abundant medicinal resources here, and the road became rugged. When we were descending the mountain, we encountered several steep slopes (over 80°). It was my first time using a rope to descend, and as someone who is timid, I lost control twice and almost hit my head. Fortunately, I finally managed to go down unsteadily. I took Chinese medicine from the mountains, and the mountains left me with a few scars.

? Downhill video

Here, I saw wild Cao Wu, Fu Zi, and Tian Xiong for the first time.

I used to have trouble distinguishing the relationship between these medicinal herbs, but now that I see them dug out on the spot, I suddenly understand: Fu Zi, Wu Tou, and Tian Xiong are all plants. Wu Tou sometimes has Fu Zi, sometimes it's one, sometimes it's two, and sometimes it's even more. Sometimes there is none, that's Tian Xiong. The book says that Tian Xiong is the most powerful, which is inevitable, after all, it doesn't have Fu Zi to share its effects.

? Cao Wu video

I also saw many other medicinal herbs, and I harvested more compared to the first day. After returning, I processed them in a timely manner.

? Day2 video

After processing the medicinal herbs, we took the opportunity to carry out moxibustion teaching. Everyone took turns to do moxibustion on each other, and we also received moxibustion from others.

? Moxibustion photo


On the third day, we continued to increase the intensity. In the past two days, there were still paths when climbing the mountain, but on the third day, we had to make our own way. I was pricked by wild sour jujube repeatedly after descending the mountain.

? Sour jujube video

Today, I dug up a lot of Chai Hu here. After descending the mountain, I processed them on the spot. It was tiring to cut them all. 😂


There has always been a saying in the field: To study traditional Chinese medicine, one must understand Chinese herbal medicine.

After this herb-picking experience, I deeply agree with this. For example, the relationship between Wu Tou, Fu Zi, and Tian Xiong, you can understand it at a glance. For example, Chai Hu has a pungent and bitter taste, slightly cold, you can tell just by smelling it.

There is a lot of knowledge that cannot be learned from books. No matter how good my theoretical knowledge is, I cannot accurately convey all the feelings I had during the process of going up the mountain. But the good news is that this activity is just the first one, and in the future, we will organize more events to give more students the opportunity to participate and broaden their horizons.

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