In many western countries, herbal medicines have become accepted amongst both the public and scientific communities. With this increasing popularity comes the need to competently monitor and scientifically research various aspects of these medicines using modern analytical and chemical techniques to provide qualitative and quantitative analyses, in order to guarantee its safety and efficacy. Such actions serve to maintain quality control and provide botanical, chemical, manufacturing and biological assurance.
In the United States, herbal medicines are regarded as dietary supplements. Pharmaceutical companies have recognized the value of traditional Chinese medicine and are employing teams of scientists to gather knowledge from traditional herbalists and medicine practitioners. The United States National Institutes of Health established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 1999. This centre is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices, including TCM, in the context of rigorous scientific testing, the training of complementary and alternative medicine researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to public and professionals alike.
Modern technologies being used or under development for the quality control of TCM include a wide range of analytical techniques used in western pharmaceutical research such as microscopic analysis, chromatographic methods, mass spectrometry, DNA sequencing methods and bioassays.
Such modernization is important to the standardization of TCM and the establishment of qualitative and quantitative data on its active ingredients and bioactivity. In addition, evaluation of toxicity and side effects of TCM, and clinical tests such as double-blind clinical trials are conducted to ensure its safety and efficacy.
Modern analytical and pharmacological methods are currently used to determine the properties of herbal combinations in comparison with their single component.
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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