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Shen Nong Tasting Herbs

Millions of years ago, life was harsh to human beings.  Wind, storms, thunder, lightning, floods, beasts, plagues and diseases threatened human lives all the time.  Human instinct and intelligence helped them combat various natural disasters. 

Herbs played an important role in relieving pain, treating diseases and saving life.  The one who was crucial in making this become reality was a legendary character—Shen Nong.

Shen Nong was an industrious, brave, intelligent and kind person.  He was never at ease when he saw others suffering from injuries or diseases.  So, he decided to find out what herbs can be helpful.

Hot or cold, he collected flowers, roots, leaves and fruits in the wild.  

He carefully observed and tasted them one by one and recorded the feelings and effects although he knew it was possible that some of them would be poisonous. 

Finally, he knew the properties and actions of several hundred herbs, and used them to aid those in suffering.  Since then, human life quality had been improved.
 
 


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