Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 11, pp 811–817 | Cite as

Chinese medicine pattern diagnosis could lead to innovation in medical sciences

  • Ai-ping Lu (吕爱平)
  • Ke-ji Chen (陈可冀)
Feature Article


Chinese medicine (CM) pattern diagnosis (Bian zheng or syndrome differentiation), as another patient classification approach, has been incorporated with biomedicine diagnosis in clinical practice in China, and the clinical experience has proven that the integration of biomedicine and CM is better in the treatment of many diseases. CM pattern diagnosis is completely different from the diagnosis in biomedicine, and it must take an active role in innovation for medical sciences. This paper is trying to discuss how CM pattern diagnosis lead to innovations in basic research, clinical research and new drug discovery. Scientific basis of CM pattern in innovation of basic research, clinical efficacy and safety, CM pattern based clinical trial design, CM pattern and clinical practice guideline in innovation of clinical study, CM pattern based indication finding, and CM pattern based network pharmacology in innovation of new drug discovery have been discussed.


Chinese medicine pattern diagnosis innovation in medical sciences 


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© Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ai-ping Lu (吕爱平)
    • 1
  • Ke-ji Chen (陈可冀)
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Basic Research in Clinical MedicineChinese Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Xiyuan HospitalChina Academy of Chinese Medical SciencesBeijingChina

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