Chinese Medicine: Contentions and Global Complexities

Booker, A. 2015. Chinese Medicine: Contentions and Global Complexities. in: Heinrich, M. and Jäger, A.K. (ed.) Ethnopharmacology New York, United States Wiley. pp. 293-302

Chapter titleChinese Medicine: Contentions and Global Complexities
AuthorsBooker, A.
EditorsHeinrich, M. and Jäger, A.K.
Abstract

Chinese medicine is underpinned by a unique medical philosophy that aims to identify and treat the root causes of ill-health. It has gained popularity in the west due to this perceived holistic approach, but it lacks a solid evidence base for its efficacy and safety, and has been implicated in instances of poor practice. In the field of drug discovery, a metabolomics approach has been used to identify compounds that may be responsible for some of the effects of Chinese herbal medicine and successes in this area may help to validate some of the Chinese medical wisdom that guides treatment strategies. Metabolomics is also useful in the analysis of medicinal herbs and complex Chinese herbal formulae, and may have an important role to play in the quality assurance of these. Professional and educational standards and the content of training courses outside of China can be extremely variable. The quality of education in Chinese medicine for practitioners in the UK is of a good standard in terms of governance but the content of many courses needs to be put on a firm scientific base if future practitioners are to be accepted as legitimate healthcare practitioners.

KeywordsChinese medicine; medicinal plant; metabolomics; quality; safety; regulatory environment
Book titleEthnopharmacology
Page range293-302
Year2015
PublisherWiley
Publication dates
Published18 Sep 2015
Place of publicationNew York, United States
ISBN9781118930748
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1002/9781118930717.ch25
Web address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118930717.ch25/pdf

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