Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 3–6

Chinese integrative medicine: Translation toward person-centered and balanced medicine

  • Xue-gang Sun (孙学刚)
  • Wei-kang Wu (吴伟康)
  • Zhi-ping Lu (吕志平)


Chinese integrative medicine (CIM) focuses on the integration of conventional medicine (biomedicine) with Chinese medicine (CM). Although the CIM field has witnessed several advancements, the definition and classification of CIM is not quite clear, given that an independent theory system has not yet been established in this field. Therefore, future research and studies should focus on the following objectives: (1) emphasizing CM features, (2) improving CIM positioning, and (3) establishing CIM standards. These concerted efforts will help CIM be at par with international standards and criteria. With the development of CIM, the world will embrace a new medical system providing person-centered treatment with a balanced medicine approach.


integrative medicine Chinese medicine translational medicine person-centered care balanced medicine 


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© Chinese Association of the Integration of Traditional and Western Medicine and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Xue-gang Sun (孙学刚)
    • 1
  • Wei-kang Wu (吴伟康)
    • 1
  • Zhi-ping Lu (吕志平)
    • 1
  1. 1.The Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, School of Traditional Chinese MedicineSouthern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina

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