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Chinese pharmacy. Interior of a traditional Chinese pharmacy in Japan. The walls of the pharmacy are filled with boxes and shelves containing various herbal remedies. The counter (at lower left) has balances and vessels on top to weigh and dispense medication. Under the counter are packaging materials such as paper and plastic bags. Chinese medicine is practised in Japan where it is known as Kanpo medicine. Part of the Kanpo medical tradition includes herbal medicine. This is where plant, animal and mineral extracts are used to produced medicines in the form of oils, tonics, pills or powders. Photographed in Toyama, Japan.
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