One day, one life.
Today we walk into the life of acanthopanax drugmakers.
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He baoquan owns one of the three workshops for acanthopanax in Zhangjiayao Village. He has been in this line of work for over a decade.
Acanthopanax liquid can only be produced during winter and spring. Workers take the bundled raw materials to the workshop. At 2000 yuan per ton, the materials are not cheap.
They all wear thick gloves to protect themselves from the thorns on the acanthopanax roots. These plants have a similar efficacy as ginseng, which can be used to adjust body function.
Traditional technique is used to make the liquid. The process is quite simple: grinding, decocting and barreling.
“After the first frost, all the leaves fall out and the sap stops flowing, leaving a higher concentration of drug, which will drop when spring approaches. Thus winter and spring is the ideal time for our work,” said He Baoquan.
One worker pours materials into the pot and the other keeps stirring the pot. It takes 2 hours to get it done and another 12 hours to make condensed liquid.
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