Published online Sep 9, 2014. doi: 10.5497/wjp.v3.i3.33
Revised: July 2, 2014
Accepted: July 27, 2014
Published online: September 9, 2014
Core tip: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used for thousands of years to treat or prevent diseases. Actual value of TCM has not been fully recognized worldwide due to the lack of scientific approaches. Metabolomics has become a hot topic in TCM research. Metabolomics is the best method to ﬁt the holistic concept of TCM, and it can not only interpret the essence of syndrome but also elucidate the scientiﬁc connotation of prescription. This combination of TCM with metabolomics in modern health care systems may lead to a revolution in TCM therapy.