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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 153148, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/153148
Review Article

The Relationship between Traditional Chinese Medicine and Modern Medicine

1Institute of Integrated Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200040, China
2Department of Integrated Medicine, Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200040, China

Received 2 January 2013; Revised 27 April 2013; Accepted 17 June 2013

Academic Editor: Christopher G. Lis

Copyright © 2013 Jingcheng Dong. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The essence of the traditional Chinese medicine has always been the most advanced and experienced therapeutic approach in the world. It has knowledge that can impact the direction of future modern medical development; still, it is easy to find simple knowledge with mark of times and special cultures. The basic structure of traditional Chinese medicine is composed of three parts: one consistent with modern medicine, one involuntarily beyond modern medicine, and one that needs to be further evaluated. The part that is consistent with modern medicine includes consensus on several theories and concepts of traditional Chinese medicine, and usage of several treatments and prescriptions of traditional Chinese medicine including commonly used Chinese herbs. The part that is involuntarily beyond modern medicine contains several advanced theories and important concepts of traditional Chinese medicine, relatively advanced treatments, formula and modern prescriptions, leading herbs, acupuncture treatment and acupuncture anesthesia of traditional Chinese medicine that affect modern medicine and incorporates massage treatment that has been gradually acknowledged by modern therapy. The part that needs to be further evaluated consists not only the knowledge of pulse diagnosis, prescription, and herbs, but also many other aspects of traditional Chinese medicine.