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《Tao-Materia Medica》


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) masters visited the filming site of the Documentary of Tao-Materia Medica

 

    “Taihu Forum in the South, Boao Forum in the North”; as the southerly counterpart of Boao Forum, Taihu World Cultural Forum joined hands with Jinhui Culture, a subsidiary of People.cn, and Discovery Channel to orchestrate an innovation and research session which is about the full-length documentary on TCM culture, Tao-Materia Medica and was attended by TCM masters, at Jianfu Palace in the Palace Museum, Beijing, on July 18. Famous and professional experts, scholars, investors and media, in the field of TCM in China have attended this session.

 

  The picture here shows the scene of the innovation and research session of Tao-Materia Medica with TCM masters visiting its filming site.

  Chairman Yan Zhaozhu of Taihu World Cultural Forum said that the aim of Taihu World Cultural Forum is to promote mutual understandings between Chinese and foreign cultures--helping China know more about the world and the world know more about China, and to enhance the construction of harmonious culture and countries. The design,organization and creation of the documentary Tao-Materia Medica by Taihu World Cultural Forum are to commemorate Li Shizhen, the master of TCM, to carry on and forward the advocacy of scientific review, philosophical wisdom and cultural thinking pattern of TCM, to emphasize the scientific attitude of applying a realistic and pragmatic approach of Li Shizhen and to carry on the great philosophy and wisdom hidden behind and contained by TCM.

  Helping the world understand “Tao”by telling the stories of Materia Medica.

  Speaking of the reasons to film this theme of documentary, Chairman Yan Zhaozhu said that TCM embodies Chinese culture, which has gradually ignored and lost its core value in its development. It is our hope that this documentary will help both Chinese and world audience know more about Chinese culture and the real essence and in-depth meaning of TCM. “The Compendium of Materia Medica written by Li Shizhen took full reference to more than 800 books in different categories, absorbed the essence of famous books about Materia Medica in different historical periods, corrected mistakes made by people in the past, made up for their shortages, came up with great discoveries and breakthroughs and most importantly, carried forward the fundamental spirit of TCM. We also hope to carry forward the great Silk Road spirit through this documentary.”said by Yan Zhaozhu, “ Tao-Materia Medica shouldn’t only talk about “Materia Medica”. We hope that this documentary could focus on culture, vividly demonstrate the core essence of Chinese culture and tell stories through the great charm of “Materia Medica”to help people in the world better understand the in-depth meaning of Tao-Materia Medica.”

  In terms of how to understand the name and its meaning of the documentary Tao-Materia Medica , Cao Hongxin, former President of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences,believes that Tao is a word for Chinese people, which is one of the essences of both TCM and Chinese culture. It is a rule or principle existing among the heaven, the earth and the people and the law of nature. Tao is related to the law of human, which could treat people and their mental and physical illness. Therefore, Tao in TCM referring to treating people and their mental and physical illness, is the knowledge about the law between people and nature, people and society, as well as among people themselves.Tao-Materia Medica, with the Compendium of Materia Medica of Li Shizhen as the core, best illustrates the law of disease prevention and treatment, integrates principles of medical science and drug effectiveness and demonstrates prescriptions, symptoms and treatment methods with medicine as the core. Taking medicine as the core in this documentary just embodies the organic combination of Chinese culture and extensive TCM knowledge. He believes that filming this documentary is not only to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Li Shizhen. The book of Li Shizhen, the Compendium of Materia Medica, has been translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world, making contributions to human health and, more importantly, advocating Tao culture and carrying forward the culture of Materia Medica in its steps into the world in current society, which has made even more contributions to TCM and all human beings.

  Famous and professional experts in the field of TCM, who attended this conference, also believe that the spirit of seeking truth from facts of TCM is inexhaustible precious treasure. TCM master Liu Minru said that the design and filming of the documentary Tao-Materia Medica are in a good timing, which could represent the strong desire and expectation of TCM practitioners and is of great significance.

  Tao-Materia Medica will build up the cultural confidence of Chinese people around the world.

  Mr.Vikram, Vice President and Chief Supervisor of Discovery Asia Pacific TV Program Production and Development stated that our mission is to bring TCM stories, history and culture to both Chinese and foreign audience through the documentary Tao-Materia Medica and we hope to re-display the culture of Materia Medica and TCM culture hidden behind Chinese culture lasting for more than thousands of years in a completely new way and show the wisdom of balance and coordination. He believed that the filming of the documentary Tao-Materia Medica this time is to build up the cultural confidence of Chinese people around the world-from the people, for the people and about the people-and to demonstrate Chinese culture through “people”as a part of nature in Chinese culture.

  It is said by the filming side that the humanistic spirit embodied in Li Shizhen and the Compendium of Materia Medica will be the main story line of the documentary. At the same time, the documentary will use the way of drama to re-tell the stories of Li Shizhen of tasting hundreds of herbs and dedicating himself to writing the masterpiece and will closely integrate itself with relevant people and stories about TCM in current era.

  As the most influential non-fiction medium in the world, Discovery embodies the humanistic spirit in the documentary through its advantage in detailed and refined expressions. Its feature of way of expressions is to combine Hollywood style and the way of expressions in news, which not only demonstrates the rules and phenomena behind the theme, but also shows their realistic meanings. It integrates artistic style together with entertainment, while respecting the way of expressing facts, thus attracting the attention of a new generation of audience.

  Meanwhile,Discovery team also stated that this is the first time for it to film the documentary with the theme about TCM, who has organized a very professional team for filming and producing the documentary, and that the documentary will be played in 156 countries and regions after it is produced.

  Many people know TCM,but are not familiar with Li Shizhen.

  General Manager Zhao Yahui from People Capital of People.cn stated that as the shareholder of Message Company Limited,the producer of the documentary Tao-Materia Medica,People.cn always sticks to spreading and carrying forward traditional Chinese culture. He believes that the theme of Tao-Materia Medica has great cultural and artistic value. TCM is the quintessence of Chinese nation and the key to opening up the door of treasure of Chinese civilization. To some extent, TCM is a part of Chinese image and feature and thus the spread of TCM culture is also the spread of Chinese culture. TCM is on its way of going global and increasingly accepted by people around the world. However, many people in the world know TCM, but are not familiar with Li Shizhen.

  He stated that the spirits and stories of Li Shizhen are widely spread and that he is a noble person, a person who is not afraid of any difficulties, helps the people in need and thus could be a real representative of Chinese doctors indeed. His masterpiece the Compendium of Materia Medica has seen its influential position in medical field for the past hundreds of years and is widely accepted and recognized around the whole world. In this important time period, we have the responsibility and obligation to better spread TCM culture around the world through narration in a macro perspective and cutting point in micro perspective, as well as through the modern way of spread and modern work.

  Finally, Chairman Yan Zhaozhu of Taihu World Cultural Forum said that on the important occasion of celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Li Shizhen, it is necessary for us to review the whole life of Li Shizhen, a main contributor to the spread and development of TCM in the history and we hope that this documentary will help Li Shizhen get the recognition from people and enjoy a good reputation around the world.


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