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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 905432, 12 pages
Review Article

Innovative Thoughts on Treating Diabetes from the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine

1Department of Endocrinology, Guang’anmen Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100054, China
2Department of Digestion, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital University of Medicine Sciences, Beijing 100010, China
3Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Guang’anmen Hospital of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100054, China

Received 24 November 2014; Accepted 10 April 2015

Academic Editor: Musa Toyin Yakubu

Copyright © 2015 Bing Pang et al. 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.


The rapidly increasing incidence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is becoming a major public health issue. As one of the important parts in complementary and alternative therapies, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is promising in treating DM. In this review, we summarize new thoughts on treating DM that aim to improve the clinical efficacy of TCM from the perspectives of principle, methods, formula, herbs, and doses. Our approach is as follows: principle: we use a combination of symptoms, syndromes, and diseases as a new mode for treating diabetes; methods: emphasizing heat-clearing in the early and middle stage of T2DM and invigorating blood circulation throughout the whole process of T2DM are two innovative methods to treat T2DM; formulas and herbs: choosing formulas and herbs based on the combination of TCM theory and current medicine. We will emphasize four strategies to help doctors choose formulas and herbs, including treatment based on syndrome differentiation, choosing herbs of bitter and sour flavors to counteract sweet flavor, choosing formulas and herbs aimed at main symptoms, and using modern pharmacological achievements in clinical practice; dose: reasonable drug dose plays an important role in the treatment of DM and a close relationship exists between dose and clinical efficacy.