Découverte des trésors de la médecine asiatique au musée Guimet

Discovery of the treasures of Asian medicine at the Guimet museum

The art, culture and spirituality of Asia have always fascinated the Western world, but there is a lesser-known aspect of this fascination: Asian medicine. Recently, the Nuwa team had the privilege of visiting the Guimet Museum, located in the heart of Paris, for a captivating experience that immersed us in the heart of the three great Asian medical traditions: Indian, Chinese and Tibetan. This exceptional exhibition, entitled "Medicines of Asia", allowed us to discover a hidden treasure of ancient medical practices and unique works of art, establishing a fascinating link between medicine and spirituality.

Chinese Medicine: A Journey Through the Meridians

During our visit to the Guimet Museum, one of the most captivating Asian medical traditions we explored was Chinese medicine. At the heart of this tradition is the concept of meridians, energy pathways that run through the body and are essential for maintaining a healthy balance. Meridians are like highways of energy, carrying Qi, or life energy, through the body. For a Chinese medicine practitioner, understanding and balancing these meridians is essential to a person's health and well-being.

The exhibit featured a meridian diagram, a complex map of the human body that reveals how energy flows through different organs and systems. By following these meridians, Chinese medicine practitioners can diagnose and treat a variety of ailments, from digestive disorders to emotional problems. This holistic approach to medicine emphasizes prevention and balance, seeking to treat the underlying cause of health problems rather than simply alleviating symptoms.

Treasures of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia

Another fascinating aspect of Chinese medicine that we explored at the Guimet Museum was traditional pharmacopoeia. Ancient Chinese physicians used a wide range of medicinal plants to treat a wide range of disorders. These plants were prepared as infusions, decoctions and powders, and their use was based on a deep knowledge of the medicinal properties of each plant.

In the exhibition, we were able to admire precious, beautifully decorated medicine containers that were used to store and prepare his herbal remedies. These vessels were much more than just containers; they represented the fusion of art and science, medicine and culture. They reminded us of the rich Chinese medical tradition, rooted in thousands of years of practice.

Boxes for Herbs: Treasures of Chinese Tradition

Herbal medicines play a central role in Chinese medicine, and their preparation and storage was an art. The herb boxes, which we discovered at the Guimet Museum, were works of art in themselves. These elegantly designed boxes were used to store and organize precious medicinal herbs, each with its unique properties. Chinese doctors had intimate knowledge of these herbs and their uses, and they used them to create personalized formulas for each patient.

Indian and Tibetan Medicine: Between Tradition and Spirituality

During our visit to the “Medicines of Asia” exhibition, we also had the chance to delve into the rich medical traditions of India and Tibet. These two traditions, although distinct, share fascinating similarities.

Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine, is a holistic system that aims to balance the doshas to maintain physical and mental health. However, Ayurveda is not limited to medicine; it is a way of life integrating spirituality and philosophy.

Likewise, Tibetan medicine, known as amchi or Sowa Rigpa, is deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhist spirituality. It borrows elements from Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, but what sets it apart is its connection to spirituality. According to this tradition, spiritual imbalance can cause illness, hence the importance of meditative practices and spiritual rituals.

In the exhibition, we were able to admire ancient works and manuscripts that illustrate these medical traditions, testifying to their depth and complexity. Indian and Tibetan medicine reminds us that health is much more than the absence of disease; it is a subtle balance between body, mind and soul.


The “Medicines of Asia” exhibition inspired us and strengthened our commitment to the search for natural solutions for women’s health. She emphasized the importance of harmony between body and mind, a value we deeply share at Nuwa. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to have this enriching experience and to draw on the wisdom of Asian medicines to continue developing our products for the well-being of women. If you also have the chance to visit this exhibition, we strongly encourage you to do so, as it offers a unique perspective on the art and science of healing in Asia .

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