Overview on Research and Development of Ethno-medicine in China

Author

Pei S. Kunming Institut of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Heilongtan, Kunming 650204, China

Language

English

Title

Overview on Research and Development of Ethno-medicine in China

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)

Date

21st October - 22nd October 2008)

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

The use of traditional medicines by the Chinese people has been in vogue for thousands of years. Today, a major part of country's population relies upon traditional medicines for their primary healthcare needs. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ethno-medicine are two important elements of traditional medicines in China. In the last half of twentieth century, great progress has been made in science and technology. There has been rapid development in socio-economics which has positively influenced the future role of traditional medicines in China. Intergration and mutual complementary of traditional medicinal system and modern medicine is the unique medical system of China in the world. The new developmental approach of traditional  medicine is to produce modern standard new medicines on the basis of traditional medicine with modern technology and science while the function and efficacy of traditional medicine remains unchanged, which is seen as a rigorous challenge to the new approach. This paper presents and discuss principles and methods o ethno-medicinal research, highlighted research advances of ethno-medicine in China and new-drug development based on traditional ethno-medicines. Futhermore, some thoughts and suggestions on research of ethno-medicine, and new-drug development from ethno-medicine will be presented. It is emphasized that new-drug developed from ethno-medicine should not be replacement of traditional medicine but inheritance and new development of traditional medicine. Finally, it is suggested that systemic investigation, documentation and maintence of traditional medicines are the priorities for ethno-medicinal studies in China.

Keywords

Ehtno-medicine, new drug; investigation;documentation;conversation of traditional medicine

Session

Plenary: Session 1

Topic

Think Global, Act Local: A New Paradigm In Malaysian Herbal Industry (Prof. Emeritus Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim-UNISEL)