Planta Med 2008; 74 - S-18
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1075161

Studies on Effective Constituents of Chinese Herbal Drugs Based on Theory of TCM and Modern Bio-Technologies

WD Zhang 1
  • 1Modern Research Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Second Military Medical University,No. 325 Guohe Road, Shanghai 200433, P. R. China

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the theoretic summing-up of Chinese people's experiences in their long-term struggles with diseases. As a result, Traditional medicines and natural medicinal materials are being reconsidered and welcomed by peoples and governments. Traditional Chinese medicine has long been proved to have remarkable clinical effects, its unique diagnosis and treatment methods, the particular thinking when medicating are favorably recognized by more and more peoples and countries. There are 12,807 kinds of traditional medicinal materials recorded in China, including 11,146 kinds of plant medicine. The certificated preparations of TCM formulation were over 10,000. Studies on effective constituents of Chinese herbal drugs based on theory of TCM and modern bio-technologies provide a short cut way for novel drug R&D in China. Here, based on the experiences of our laboratories, I introduce the idea and routine of studies on effective constituents of Chinese herbal drugs and the R&D of novel drugs based on theory of TCM. Given some examples[1] in my lab, these cases demonstrated that novel drug R&D will develop rapidly in China based on valuable theory of TCM and advanced modern bio-technologies. Acknowledgements: The work was supported by Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University (PCSIRT), National 863 Program (2006AA02Z338) and in part by the Scientific Foundation of Shanghai China (05DZ19733, 06DZ19717, 06DZ19005). References: [1] Zhang WD, et al. (2006) Life Sciences 79: 808–815.