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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 6359730, 19 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6359730
Review Article

The Use of Omic Technologies Applied to Traditional Chinese Medicine Research

1Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
2Department of Health Technology and Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
3Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Correspondence should be addressed to Man-Sau Wong; kh.ude.uylop@gnow.uas-nam

Received 28 July 2016; Revised 23 October 2016; Accepted 24 October 2016; Published 31 January 2017

Academic Editor: Fabio Firenzuoli

Copyright © 2017 Dalinda Isabel Sánchez-Vidaña 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.

Abstract

Natural products represent one of the most important reservoirs of structural and chemical diversity for the generation of leads in the drug development process. A growing number of researchers have shown interest in the development of drugs based on Chinese herbs. In this review, the use and potential of omic technologies as powerful tools in the modernization of traditional Chinese medicine are discussed. The analytical combination from each omic approach is crucial for understanding the working mechanisms of cells, tissues, organs, and organisms as well as the mechanisms of disease. Gradually, omic approaches have been introduced in every stage of the drug development process to generate high-quality Chinese medicine-based drugs. Finally, the future picture of the use of omic technologies is a promising tool and arena for further improvement in the modernization of traditional Chinese medicine.