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When Modern Technology Meets Ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine

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In this issue we try to discuss how modern technology modernizes the ancient traditional Chinese medicine such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other alternative treatments. For a long time, the major problem of the TCM formula is lack of strong effective evidence so that it is still a complementary and alternative treatment. Many instances of recovery by TCM have been reported though evidence-based validation remains elusive. The ancient history of TCM combined with its seclusion in Asia due to language barriers has long shrouded TCM and TCM practice in a mysterious light. Here, this issue will discuss the integration of modern technology to provide a scientific basis into the workings of TCM and how it may serve as a possible step forward for personalized medicine. Due to the recent medical practice focus shift from disease treatment to a more holistic treatment approach, the resourcefulness of TCM is gradually gaining attention due to its “natural” nature and its ability to treat the bodily “system” as a whole.

Now, we are delighted to announce a special issue of this journal on modernizing TCM by modern technology. We invite authors to submit original research or review manuscripts regarding the basic, clinical, and translational medicine of TCM. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Approach TCM by computational and systems biology method
  • Modern technology including NGS analysis, data mining, cloud computing, genomics, proteomics, and pure active compound extract from TCM apply to TCM
  • Modern technology applies to acupuncture, tongue diagnosis, and so on.

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ecam/modern/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 22 November 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 14 February 2014
Publication DateFriday, 11 April 2014

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Gerhard Litscher, Medical University of Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria
  • James David Adams, University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
  • Tingjun Hou, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang 321000, China
  • Fuu-Jen Tsai, Department of Medical Genetics, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
  • Taiping Fan, Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK