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Recent pharmaceutical evidence on the compatibility rationality of traditional Chinese medicine.
J Ethnopharmacol 2017; 206:363-375JE

Abstract

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE

Chinese herbs have been used in China for thousands of years and are also becoming popular in Western medicine. Formulae of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which contain two or more herbs, can often obtain better curative efficacies and fewer side effects than single herbs. Though there are many reports on pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of TCM, there remains a serious lack of summarization and systemic analyses of these reported data to help uncover the compatibility rationale of TCM. This review therefore aims to provide such an overview mainly based on the reports published in the last decade. It could be served as an informative reference for researchers interested in compound prescriptions and holistic therapies.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

Relevant information was collected from various resources, including books on Chinese herbs, China Knowledge Resource Integrated (CNKI), and international databases, such as Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed.

RESULTS

Thirty-six relevant TCM formulae were collected to illustrate the compatibility rationality of TCM from the perspective of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and/or pharmacodynamics.

CONCLUSIONS

Compatibility is a key characteristic of multi-herb prescriptions. It often results in the change of the therapeutic material basis and, thus, produces the effect of reducing toxicity and/or increasing curative efficacy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

College of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, PR China; Engineering Research Center of Modern Preparation Technology of TCM of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, PR China.Engineering Research Center of Modern Preparation Technology of TCM of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, PR China.College of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, PR China; Engineering Research Center of Modern Preparation Technology of TCM of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, PR China. Electronic address: duotang@163.com.College of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, PR China.Engineering Research Center of Modern Preparation Technology of TCM of Ministry of Education, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 201203, PR China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28606807

Citation

Zhou, Miaomiao, et al. "Recent Pharmaceutical Evidence On the Compatibility Rationality of Traditional Chinese Medicine." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 206, 2017, pp. 363-375.
Zhou M, Hong Y, Lin X, et al. Recent pharmaceutical evidence on the compatibility rationality of traditional Chinese medicine. J Ethnopharmacol. 2017;206:363-375.
Zhou, M., Hong, Y., Lin, X., Shen, L., & Feng, Y. (2017). Recent pharmaceutical evidence on the compatibility rationality of traditional Chinese medicine. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 206, pp. 363-375. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2017.06.007.
Zhou M, et al. Recent Pharmaceutical Evidence On the Compatibility Rationality of Traditional Chinese Medicine. J Ethnopharmacol. 2017 Jul 12;206:363-375. PubMed PMID: 28606807.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Recent pharmaceutical evidence on the compatibility rationality of traditional Chinese medicine. AU - Zhou,Miaomiao, AU - Hong,Yanlong, AU - Lin,Xiao, AU - Shen,Lan, AU - Feng,Yi, Y1 - 2017/06/09/ PY - 2017/02/09/received PY - 2017/06/01/revised PY - 2017/06/05/accepted PY - 2017/6/14/pubmed PY - 2018/4/18/medline PY - 2017/6/14/entrez KW - Compatibility KW - Herb pair KW - Pharmaceutics KW - Pharmacodynamics KW - Pharmacokinetics KW - Traditional Chinese medicine SP - 363 EP - 375 JF - Journal of ethnopharmacology JO - J Ethnopharmacol VL - 206 N2 - ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Chinese herbs have been used in China for thousands of years and are also becoming popular in Western medicine. Formulae of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which contain two or more herbs, can often obtain better curative efficacies and fewer side effects than single herbs. Though there are many reports on pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of TCM, there remains a serious lack of summarization and systemic analyses of these reported data to help uncover the compatibility rationale of TCM. This review therefore aims to provide such an overview mainly based on the reports published in the last decade. It could be served as an informative reference for researchers interested in compound prescriptions and holistic therapies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Relevant information was collected from various resources, including books on Chinese herbs, China Knowledge Resource Integrated (CNKI), and international databases, such as Web of Science, Scopus, and PubMed. RESULTS: Thirty-six relevant TCM formulae were collected to illustrate the compatibility rationality of TCM from the perspective of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and/or pharmacodynamics. CONCLUSIONS: Compatibility is a key characteristic of multi-herb prescriptions. It often results in the change of the therapeutic material basis and, thus, produces the effect of reducing toxicity and/or increasing curative efficacy. SN - 1872-7573 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28606807/Recent_pharmaceutical_evidence_on_the_compatibility_rationality_of_traditional_Chinese_medicine_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0378-8741(17)30529-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -