TCM keeps as­tro­nauts healthy

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By WANG JIAN in Nan­chang and SHI JING in Shang­hai wangjian@chi­

While the coun­try was ex­cited by the suc­cess­ful re­turn of the Shen­zhou XI manned space­craft to Earth, Shen­ling­cao — a health­care food con­tain­ing a tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine recipe and pro­duced by Jiangzhong Group — at­tracted its own kind of wide­spread at­ten­tion be­cause it went up into space to main­tain the health of the as­tro­nauts.

Shen­ling­cao con­sists of gin­seng, lingzhi mushroom, cordy­ceps sinen­sis and rose. It was de­vel­oped by China’s lead­ing over-the-counter phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany, Jiangzhong Group, to en­hance the as­tro­nauts’ im­mu­nity dur­ing their train­ing and space trips. In the long run, the group plans to per­cent make the prod­uct avail­able to re­tail­ing dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels, so that con­sumers can use it to en­hance their health, said Zhong Hong­guang, chair­man of Jiangzhong Group.

Be­cause space food is sub­jected to spe­cial con­di­tions dur­ing space flight such as mi­cro­grav­ity and ra­di­a­tion, it must achieve much higher pro­duc­tion re­quire­ments. To meet them the com­pany in­stalled ad­vanced au­to­matic equip­ment from Ger­many and Switzer­land at its own pro­duc­tion line for Shen­ling­cao.

This is the world’s first com- pletely au­to­mated liq­uid tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine pro­duc­tion line, which car­ries out the en­tire pro­duc­tion process for the space food in a fully en­closed and mon­i­tored un­manned work­shop.

The com­pany says the space food is the end re­sult of its de­ter­mi­na­tion to per­form more sci­en­tific re­search. Ac­cord­ing to Zhong, the com­pany in­vests at least 4 per­cent of its an­nual rev­enues into re­search and de­vel­op­ment. It is the only Chi­nese phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany which has es­tab­lished four na­tional re­search cen­ters. “The re­search and de­vel­op­ment of space food will not bring im­me­di­ate profit to our com­pany, but we are will­ing to do it. It shows that our tech­nol­ogy has taken the lead in China and even the world,” said Zhong.

of Jiangzhong Group’s an­nual rev­enue is in­vested in re­search and de­vel­op­ment

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