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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2010, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (1): 20-24.doi: 10.3736/jcim20100104

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Discussion of related problems in herbal prescription science based on objective indications of herbs

Xing-jiang Xiong,Jie Wang   

  1. Department of Cardiology, Guang’anmen Hospital,China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences,Beijing 100053,China
  • Received:2009-08-13 Accepted:2009-11-29 Online:2010-01-20 Published:2010-01-15
  • Contact: Xing-jiang Xiong

Herbal prescription science is a bridge between basic and clinical subjects in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In studying the doctrines in the general textbook Herbal Prescription Science and applying them to clinical practice, it was found that they are imprecise and inapplicable. Based on the analysis of Suanzaoren Decoction, Xiaoqinglong Decoction, Jichuan Decoction, etc., the authors point out that this problem is due to the current pathogenesis-based research approach of the herbal prescription science. It is proposed that correspondence between formula and syndrome is the core of the herbal prescription science. In order to solve such a problem, searching for corresponding relationship between an herb or a formula and the signs and symptoms of a syndrome or disease should be the most important task in research of herbal prescription science, for emphasis on attention to the objective indications and evidence in clinical utilization of herbal formulas is the major feature of the herbal prescription science according to medication experience in the long history of TCM.

Key words: Materia medica formulas,traditional Chinese drug, Pathogenesis, Signs and symptoms

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