Professor Zhao Zhongzhen (second from left), Associate Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, and Professor Chen Hubiao (left) of the School of Chinese Medicine, receive the donation of the Ai pian specimen from Professor Chen Yeyuan (second from right) and Dr Pang Yuxin (right) of the Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences


中醫藥學院副院長趙中振教授(左二)和陳虎彪教授(左)接受由中國熱帶農業科學院熱帶作物品質資源研究所陳業淵所長(右二)和龐玉新博士(右)捐贈的「艾片」標本

The rare crystalline specimen Ai pian takes its place at the HKBU Chinese Medicines Centre


「艾片」標本晶瑩剔透,屬世上罕見珍品,為中藥標本中心再添鎮館之寶

Date: 02 Oct 2015 (Friday)

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Chinese Medicines Centre gets donation of rare Ai pian specimen

中藥標本中心獲贈名貴中藥材「艾片」

The Bank of China (Hong Kong) Chinese Medicines Centre of the School of Chinese Medicine was delighted to receive a rare large specimen of the precious Chinese medicine Ai pian from the Tropical Crops Genetic Resources Institute of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences recently, expanding the Centre’s collection of exquisite articles. The natural Bing pian, weighing 902 grams and measuring 24.65 cm in length, 17.33 cm in width and 3 cm in thickness, is a rare treasure extracted from fresh leaves of Blumea balsamifera (L.) DC
 
A subtype of the Chinese medicine Bing pian (Borneolum Syntheticum), Ai pian is acidic, bitter and has slightly cold properties. It is used for opening the orifices, enlivening the body, clearing heat and relieving pain. There are three types of Bing pian: Mei hua bing pian, Ai pian and Ji zhi bing pian (manufactured borneol). Nowadays, most of the Bing pian found in the market are Ji zhi bing pian as natural Bing pian and Ai pian are increasingly rare. Moreover, most of the products are fragments so it is extremely rare to find a large piece of the crystalline.
 
Through the stringent efforts of the School of Chinese Medicine and the tremendous support from the industry since its establishment in 2003, the Chinese Medicines Centre has increased the number of its exhibits from 3,000 to over 10,000. The priceless collection at the Centre includes, among others, the tallest wild Herba Cistanches in the world, a sculpture of the god of longevity made from 2,374 pieces of ginseng, and a giant cinnamon bark.

中醫藥學院轄下的中國銀行(香港)中藥標本中心最近喜獲中國熱帶農業科學院熱帶作物品質資源研究所捐贈一塊重達902克的珍貴中藥材「艾片」標本,為中藥標本中心再添鎮館之寶。是次獲贈的標本晶瑩剔透,長度24.65厘米,闊度17.33厘米,厚度3厘米,是從菊科植物艾納香鮮葉中提取的天然冰片,屬世上罕見珍品。
 
「艾片」是中藥材「冰片」的其中一種。冰片性辛、味苦、微寒,具有開竅醒神,清熱止痛的作用。中藥材市場上的冰片一般分為梅花冰片、艾片和機製冰片(合成冰片)三種,現時市面常見的多數為合成冰片,天然來源的冰片和艾片則越來越少,且多為碎片狀的結晶,很少機會看到完整的冰片。
 
中藥標本中心自2003年成立以來,經過中醫藥學院的努力耕耘和業界的鼎力支持,展品數目已由3,000件增至現時的逾萬件,現有的鎮館之寶包括世界最大的野生肉蓯蓉、由2,374條人參拼成的人參壽星公、肉桂王等。