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The future of traditional Chinese medicine

Drs. Wei-Feng Li, Jian-Guo Jiang, and Jian Chena from the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou say, “TCM modernization has become necessary and urgent.”

They outline the path to integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) into the mainstream.

  • Modernization of TCM requires combining with modern technology, academic thought, and scientific culture.
  • Most important is to elucidate the active components of TCM — especially the pharmacodynamic mechanisms.
  • Modern tools of analytical chemistry and molecular biology can be used to realize the modernization of TCM.

The bottom line?
They believe, “TCM modernization will provide the world with useful reference information on traditional medicines.”

I hope their recommendations carry weight.

1/3/08 22:13 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.