Chinese Medical Formulae Images Database

21 June 2018

Supported by the Fong’s Family Foundation, the territory’s first “Chinese Medical Formulae Images Database”, which is set up by the School of Chinese Medicine in collaboration with the University Library, has been launched. The database will help further promote the application and internationalisation of Chinese medicine research through information technology. 

The database documents 182 Chinese medical formulae commonly used in Chinese medical practice. Systematically consolidating and summarising these in the form of images and detailed descriptions, the database provides formula compositions, processing forms, functions, indications and usage in order to enable the public to learn more about the application and knowledge of a variety of Chinese medical formulae over the Internet.

Professor Chen Hubiao, coordinator of the digital project and Professor of the Teaching and Research Division, School of Chinese Medicine, has spent over 30 years on compiling the photos in the databases. “I am delighted that our efforts over the years can be put together in the form of a database series that can enable teachers, students, researchers and professionals in the field as well as people from different professions to acquire relevant knowledge in Chinese medicine. It is also hoped that the database series can serve as a useful platform for people from all over the world to get to know more about traditional Chinese medicine culture.”

Launched by HKBU in 2012, the “Chinese Medicine Digital Project” has generated more than 1.33 million views from over 200 countries and regions. The project won the 2012 American Library Association Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects Award.