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World J Gastroenterol. Jul 1, 2004; 10(13): 1854-1856
Published online Jul 1, 2004. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v10.i13.1854
Theory of traditional Chinese medicine and therapeutic method of diseases
Ai-Ping Lu, Hong-Wei Jia, Cheng Xiao, Qing-Ping Lu
Ai-Ping Lu, Hong-Wei Jia, Cheng Xiao, Institute of Basic Theory, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700, China
Qing-Ping Lu, National Pharmaceutical Engineering Research Center, Nanchang 330077, Jiangxi Province, China
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to the work.
Supported by the Key Grant Program in National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, No.2000-J-Z-02 and the Key Program in National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 90209002
Correspondence to: Dr. Ai-Ping Lu, Institute of Basic Theory, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700, China.
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Received: November 18, 2003
Revised: January 21, 2004
Accepted: February 1, 2004
Published online: July 1, 2004

Traditional Chinese medicine, including herbal medicine and acupuncture, as one of the most important parts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), plays the key role in the formation of integrative medicine. Why do not the modern drugs targeting the specificity of diseases produce theoretical effects in clinical observation? Why does not the traditional Chinese medicine targeting the Zheng (syndrome) produce theoretical effects in clinic? There should have some reasons to combine Western medicine with Chinese herbal medicine so as to form the integrative medicine. During the integration, how to clarify the impact of CAM theory on Western medicine has become an emergent topic. This paper focuses on the exploration of the impact of theory of traditional Chinese medicine on the therapy of diseases in Western medicine.

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