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IMU University’s Chinese Medicine Field Trip 2024 Enhances Students’ Knowledge on Herbal Medicine

02 May 2024

IMU University’s Chinese Medicine (CM) Field Visit 2024 proved to be an enriching experience for students, providing them with invaluable insights into the world of traditional medicine. Spanning three days from 29 to 31 March, the event took 40 students and 7 lecturers on a journey through various establishments, each contributing to their understanding of Chinese materia medica and herbal formulae.


The programme, meticulously planned by IMU University staff, aimed to enhance students’ exposure to traditional medicine practices and deepen their understanding of Chinese herbal remedies. By immersing themselves in real-world settings, students gained practical knowledge that complemented their academic studies.

Day 1

White Heron Pharmaceutical

Day 1 kicked off with a visit to White Heron Pharmaceutical, a leading cGMP-grade manufacturing service provider specialising in traditional and natural medicine.

Students were introduced to the intricate processes involved in CM product development, including the formulation of various dosage forms and the importance of halal certification. This firsthand experience provided students with valuable insights into the regulatory aspects of traditional medicine production.

Day 2

Great Gourd Herbal Garden

On Day 2, participants explored Great Gourd Herbal Garden, where they encountered a diverse array of herbal plants, with a focus on those commonly used in Chinese medicine. From planting and cultivation techniques to the medicinal properties of different herbs, students gained practical knowledge that will serve as a foundation for their future endeavors in the field of Chinese medicine.

Wonder Farm Mushroom

The day continued with a visit to Wonder Farm Mushroom, where students delved into the world of mushroom cultivation.


With a particular emphasis on species commonly used in traditional medicine, such as Tiger Milk and Reishi (Ling Zhi) mushrooms, students learned about the cultivation process and the medicinal benefits associated with each variety.

Ho Yan Hor Museum

The following was a visit to Ho Yan Hor Museum, where students were immersed in the rich history of a renowned local herbal brand. Sampling herbal drinks brewed from traditional Chinese herbs, students gained an appreciation for the cultural heritage and medicinal value of traditional remedies.

Final Day

Gaharu Tea Valley

The final day of the field trip took students to Gaharu Tea Valley, Malaysia’s first organic sustainable Gaharu plantation. Here, students learned about the cultivation, processing, and usage of ChenXiang (Agarwood), a prized ingredient in traditional medicine. By witnessing firsthand the cultivation process and understanding the medicinal properties of Agarwood, students gained a deeper appreciation for this valuable resource.

Overall, IMU University’s Chinese Medicine Field Trip 2024 was a resounding success, providing students with a comprehensive understanding and exposure on Chinese herbal medicine. Through hands-on experiences and immersive learning opportunities, students gained valuable insights that will serve them well in their future careers as practitioners of Chinese medicine.

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