TCMSID: a simplified integrated database for drug discovery from traditional chinese medicine

Liu-Xia Zhang, Jie Dong, Hui Wei, Shao-Hua Shi, Ai-Ping Lu*, Gui-Ming Deng*, Dong-Sheng Cao*

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been widely used in the treatment of various diseases for millennia. In the modernization process of TCM, TCM ingredient databases are playing more and more important roles. However, most of the existing TCM ingredient databases do not provide simplification function for extracting key ingredients in each herb or formula, which hinders the research on the mechanism of actions of the ingredients in TCM databases. The lack of quality control and standardization of the data in most of these existing databases is also a prominent disadvantage. Therefore, we developed a Traditional Chinese Medicine Simplified Integrated Database (TCMSID) with high storage, high quality and standardization. The database includes 499 herbs registered in the Chinese pharmacopeia with 20,015 ingredients, 3270 targets as well as corresponding detailed information. TCMSID is not only a database of herbal ingredients, but also a TCM simplification platform. Key ingredients from TCM herbs are available to be screened out and regarded as representatives to explore the mechanism of TCM herbs by implementing multi-tool target prediction and multilevel network construction. TCMSID provides abundant data sources and analysis platforms for TCM simplification and drug discovery, which is expected to promote modernization and internationalization of TCM and enhance its international status in the future. TCMSID is freely available at

Original languageEnglish
Article number89
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cheminformatics
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Library and Information Sciences

User-Defined Keywords

  • Ingredient database
  • Chinese medicine
  • Key ingredients
  • Multi‑tool target prediction


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