Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a term commonly given to a range of traditional medical practices carried out in China that have developed over several thousand years. Medicinal herbs used in Chinese medicine, are being accepted in greater numbers by the general public. An increasing number of academics and industrial scientists are studying them extensively, while more proprietary Chinese medicines are being manufactured by different countries.
While a chemically-derived drug can address only a single problem, herbal medicine is able to address several problems simultaneously. A herbal medicine consists of various constituents, and its pharmacological action can be due to a particular chemical present in it or the complex interactions between the constituents.
The biggest advantage of herbal medicine is that it is obtained from plants; its organic nature makes it compatible with our body’s chemistry. It is thus more effective with few toxic side effects. Herbal medicine is thus in compliance with the basic principle of naturopathic medicine: the healing power of nature.
Traditional herbs have been the major sources of many modern single-drug developments. In current drug development, a herb or herbal formulation from TCM or clinics is investigated. Then extraction of the target herbal medicine results in a promising new active natural product or their synthetic analogues through verified pharmacological testing and bioactivity-directed fractionation and isolation of active ingredients.
The active ingredients of the target drug are then used for the next stage of its development. In this stage, toxicity and efficacy are determined. Clinical trials are the ultimate goal of these preclinical steps.
While western medicine currently employs pure, single compounds to address human diseases, TCM has long used multiple combinations of medicinal herbs to treat and relieve the symptoms of many different diseases.
It is more attractive to consumers as TCM may have fewer and less severe side effects than single pure drugs. Therefore, the multi-component and synergistic nature of TCM should not be ignored in pharmaceutical development. In order to continue the legacy of Chinese medicine, TCM research must continue to identify and improve the efficacy of herbal active principals both singly and in combination from active ingredients, active fractions, and active prescriptions of herbal formulations.
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs and their ability to help with Infertility.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC, focusing on Female Infertility with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from Harley Street, London.
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