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, Yi-Fan Han, Kam-Ming Ko
2011 Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine  
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
more » ... a. 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.
doi:10.1093/ecam/neq056 pmid:21785622 pmcid:PMC3135515 fatcat:qf6fqjafqreylcrhivgtct34te