Chinese medicinal processing: A characteristic aspect of the ethnopharmacology of traditional chinese medicine

Ping GUO, Eric Brand, Zhongzhen Zhao

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Abstract

Chinese medicinal processing is a pharmaceutical technique that meets different therapeutic, dispensing and preparation requirements based on traditional Chinese medicine theory. Prior to clinical application, raw Chinese medicinal materials must be processed into decoction pieces. The aims of Chinese medicinal processing include reducing toxicity or side effects, enhancing efficacy, modifying medicinal properties, and facilitating the preparation and administration of Chinese medicinals. In this review the present state and problems of Chinese medicinal processing as well as recent progress in research are documented, the development of processing methods and possible approaches to solve those problems are explored, and the most urgent work needed is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthnopharmacology
PublisherWiley
Pages303-316
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781118930717
ISBN (Print)9781118930748
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese medicinal processing
  • Decoction pieces
  • Traditional chinese medicine

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