An integrative approach of linking traditional Chinese medicine pattern classification and biomedicine diagnosis

Aiping LYU*, Miao Jiang, Chi Zhang, Kelvin Chan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a medical system with over 3000 years of continuous practice experience and refinement through treatment observations. The TCM pattern classification (also defined as Syndrome or Zheng differentiation) and treatment of ill health is the basis and the key concept of the TCM theory. All diagnostic and therapeutic methods in TCM are based on the differentiation of TCM pattern. TCM pattern can be considered as the TCM theoretical interpretation of the symptom profiles. Pattern classification is often used as a guideline in disease classification in TCM practice and has been recently incorporated with biomedical diagnosis, resulting in the increasing research interest of TCM pattern among various disciplines of integrative medicine. This paper describes the historical evolution on the integration of the TCM pattern classification and disease diagnosis in biomedicine, the methodology of pattern classification for diseases, efficacy of TCM practice with integration of TCM pattern classification and biomedical disease diagnosis, and the biological basis of TCM pattern. TCM pattern classification, which may lead to new findings in biological sciences, was also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-556
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Volume141
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

User-Defined Keywords

  • Integrative medicine
  • Pattern classification
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

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