Dedicated to Developing Tibetan Medicine

  • September 6, 2010
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Lei Jufang used to be a technician at the Institute of Modern Physics in Lanzhou under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Originally, her work had nothing to do with Tibetan medicine.

In 1995, she went to Tibet as a member of a study group consisting of industrialists from privately run enterprises in the fields of science and technology. She was impressed by the primitive land in southeastern Tibet, which she thought could be regarded as a world-level botanical garden and a genetic engineering base for its fovorable ecological environment. It was completely different from the frozen land of her imagination. Lei was fascinated by this attractive land, and began having a strong desire to contribute to the development of Tibetan medicine there.


Dedicated to Developing Tibetan Medicine

The development of Tibet is by no means an easy task. For instance, one has to make a single trip of more than 2,500 kilometers to ship machinery and related equipment for the manufacture of Tibetan medicine. However, the introduction of high technology to Tibet would give a tremendous boost to the development of the local economy and bring hope to the local people for the relief of poverty.
Guided by this ideal, at the end of her study tour Lei Jufang decided to invest 10 million yuan to establish the Nyingchi Qizheng Tibetan Pharmaceuticals Factory in Nyingchi Prefecture, with the application of a technique she had patented which had won a silver medal. The venture was soon successful. In 1999, the annual income from sales of Qizheng Tibetan medicine topped one million yuan-worth. As a pillar industry, the Nyingchi Qizheng Pharmaceuticals Factory became one of the Leading enterprises in Nyingchi in terms of profits and payment of taxes to the state.
In Lei's words, Tibet has a unique position in world history and in the history of human development as a whole. But its charm can be fully appreciated worldwide only when modern science and technology are applied to accelerate local economic growth. In 1999, Qizheng Tibetan medicine earned a gold medal at the 26th International Exhibition held in Geneva. Upon receipt of this honor, Lei said that Tibetan medicine would soon be as famous as Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest) as a symbol of Tibet.



Dedicated to Developing Tibetan Medicine
Lei Jufang also succeeded in developing a new ointment based on Tibetan medicine, which has been used by Chinese athletes for four years. Leading athletes, including noted gymnast Li Xiaoshuang and world-famous diving champion Fu Mingxia, insist on having this ointment available during competitions, as it is effective and leaves no scars.
Lei is also the first person in China to use the vacuum dry-freezing technique to extract the most effective elements from fresh medicinal herbs. Lei organized technical workers, and began production of the new medicines using China-made machines and equipment, which are just as efficient but much cheaper than similar machinery imported from Japan.
In 1998, she invested 15 million yuan to establish the Gannan Foge Tibetan Medicine Co., Ltd, and workshops for producing new Tibetan medicines in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province. She strictly follows the requirements of the modern pharmaceutical industry in management. In October 1999, Qizheng Tibetan medicine passed appraisal by the State Pharmaceuticals Administration.
In 1996, Lei Jufang was invited to attend the symposium on How the Underdeveloped Areas Develop Their Economies in the Faces of the Economic Crisis, held by the United Nations in Thailand. She said that a combination of superiority of natural resources with advanced science and technology would accelerate the economic development of the underdeveloped areas and help local people to escape poverty. She mentioned that she was planning to attract more overseas funds to establish pillar industries in remote areas of China. Her achievements and her new plans drew great attention from the officials attending the meeting. It is important for Chinese scientists themselves to play an exemplary role in changing the backword situation of China's remote areas. The establishment of high-tech projects by Lei Jufang in remote areas of Tibet and Gansu is a great inspiration in this regard.
Lei is often asked why she gave up her work at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and chose to work in remote areas. Her answer is that she is sure the road she has taken is the correct one. The development of science and technology, either in Tibet or in Gansu Province, is similar to the Buddhist belief in the rightness of delivering all living creatures from torment. She not only gets along well but also maintains close ties with the local people. Sometimes she is moved by their sincere support and friendship, feeling that her soul has been purified.

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