Chinese Herbal Medicine: Perspectives

  • Juei-Tang ChengEmail author
Part of the Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology book series (MIPT)


Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), or Chinese traditional medicine (CTM), is widely applied as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to improve the health. In this chapter, the basis of Chinese herbal medicine is examined from the ancient view to the modern idea. The chapter is divided into the following sections. An introductory section links the basic view of Chinese herbal medicine against the background of TCM. From the idea of four “Qi” (or “Chi”) and/or five tastes (“Wu Wei”) to the diagnosis of syndromes in TCM, four main methods are included: “inspection (observation),” “auscultation and olfaction (listening and smelling),” “interrogation (inquiry or questioning),” and “palpation (pulse examination).” The second section introduces the application of “four properties” (hot, warm, cold, and cool) using recently published views. In the third section, five tastes and other specificities of TCM are mentioned. The modern tools of Chinmedomics for herbs and/or herbal mixtures are reviewed in the fourth section. In the fifth section, clinical trials in TCM are conducted. In the sixth section, the network tools in herbal medication are discussed. The perspective of setting up an official name for each formula used in TCM is suggested in the seventh section. The same formula in Japan is generally pronounced in Japanese, which is quite different from that pronounced in China and/or other countries. Taken together, this chapter is going to make it easier for the reader to quickly understand CCTM.

Key words

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) Yin–Yang theory Chinmedomics Network pharmacology Clinical trials 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical ResearchChi-Mei Medical CenterYong Kang, Tainan CityTaiwan
  2. 2.Institute of Medical Science, College of Health ScienceChang Jung Christian UniversityGuei-Ren, Tainan CityTaiwan

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