Les Grandes Herbes: Foreign Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China


When you think of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors, what image comes to mind? This doctor can challenge your assumptions!

The doctor, who speaks fluent Chinese, is Diarra Boubacar. Hailing from the African country of Mali, he is the first foreigner to earn a doctorate in TCM in China and has studied and practiced it for over 30 years.

Boubacar initially studied general surgery, but his love of TCM led him to change course. This was the start of his TCM journey.

From reading ancient Chinese books and understanding the nature of TCM to practicing the theory, learning TCM is not easy, and it is even more difficult for a foreigner.

But Boubacar did not give up and put into practice what he learned. His first patients did not believe in his medical skills, but later were attracted by his fame as he was accepted by more and more patients.

Diarra has also worked to bring TCM to Africa and the rest of the world.

“In recent years, we can see the role of TCM in the world, especially in epidemic prevention and control. The development of TCM will also boost the development of traditional medicine in the world. Traditional Chinese medicine is without borders, regardless of cultural background,” he said.

Watch the video to see the story of Boubacar’s TCM.

About “The Great Herbs” series:

Chinese herbal medicine is the precious heritage of Chinese people’s fight against disease for thousands of years and the essence of Chinese culture accumulated during this period. The “Compendium of Materia Medica”, written by Li Shizhen, is a precious heritage of ancient Chinese medicine and botany which has played an important role in promoting the development of medicine and pharmaceuticals in China and even in the world. In this series, CGTN explores some of the great herbs mentioned in the book.

For more:

Tall Herbs: The first of the nine immortal herbs of China

Tall Grass: The Bloodbreaker

The Tall Grasses: Two-coloured flowers

Tall Herbs: The King of Hundreds of Herbs

Les Grandes Herbes: Ancient “mushroom of immortality” on rotten wood

Les Grandes Herbes: Grass with a fishy taste

Les Grandes Herbes: Liquorice ‘the old man’ in the kingdom of medicine

The Tall Grasses: Red Arrows

Tall Herbs: Cures all wilt of herbs in summer

Les Grandes Herbes: From natural coloring to herbal medicine

Tall Herbs: The antimalarial

Les Grandes Herbes: female ginseng

The great herbs: medicinal value behind the beautiful flower

Les Grandes Herbes: Miracle of the plant-based “sweet potato”

(The video was filmed by Wu Jinjing and edited by Gao Yuxin. Images via screenshot.)

(If you would like to contribute and have specific expertise, please contact us at [email protected])