New perspectives on chinese herbal medicine (Zhong-Yao) research and development

Si Yuan Pan, Si Bao Chen, Hong Guang Dong, Zhi Ling Yu, Ji Cui Dong, Zhi Xian Long, Wang Fun Fong, Yifan Han, Kam Ming Ko

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Synthetic chemical drugs, while being efficacious in the clinical management of many diseases, are often associated with undesirable side effects in patients. It is now clear that the need of therapeutic intervention in many clinical conditions cannot be satisfactorily met by synthetic chemical drugs. Since the research and development of new chemical drugs remain time-consuming, capital-intensive and risky, much effort has been put in the search for alternative routes for drug discovery in China. This narrative review illustrates various approaches to the research and drug discovery in Chinese herbal medicine. Although this article focuses on Chinese traditional drugs, it is also conducive to the development of other traditional remedies and innovative drug discovery.
Original languageEnglish
Article number403709
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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