Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Traditional Medicines in the World: Where to Go Next?


Publishing date
15 Aug 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
28 Mar 2014

Lead Editor

1Department of Pharmacology, School of Chinese Materia Medica, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China

2Division of Life Science, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong

3The University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy, Sydney, Australia

4Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

5School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

6American Academy of Natural Medicine, Costa Mesa, CA, USA


Traditional Medicines in the World: Where to Go Next?

Description

Despite advances in modern medicine such as gene therapy and stem cell research, traditional medicine (TM) is still widely used in most of the world. According to the WHO, 65–80% of the world’s healthcare practice involves the use of TM in some way. Today, TM has become an indispensable part of our health management. It has been well known that TM covers a wide array of therapies and practices (commonly referred to as complementary and alternative medicine) which vary from culture to culture and country to country. It is more important that TM differs from conventional medicine (CM) in both theory and practice. However, the research and development of almost all TM systems mostly follow the track that had been laid down by CM nowadays. It is clearly not appropriate for the future development of TM. Therefore, a well-structured strategy for research and development is instrumental to optimize the utilization of TM which reflects its superiority over CM in some ways. Now it is the time for us to start thinking about “Where is TM heading?” and “How should TM reach its destination?”

This special issue is dedicated to focusing on TM development strategy or policy, including the reflection in the status of TM. We are particularly interested in articles offering guidance in TM research and development. We invite any researchers from different disciplines and management agencies to contribute to this issue by sending in reviews as well as original research articles that will have a significant impact on the future development of TM. Your contribution is of great importance for the development of TM. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Current and prospective strategies of research and development in TM over the world
  • Hypotheses and concepts/ideas regarding the future development of TMs based on their philosophical and cultural backgrounds
  • Modern theory and scientific connotations of TM theory and practice
  • Historical perspective of TM
  • Novel animal model for the study of TM theory
  • TM management and protection policy
  • Development of TM research networks

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/world/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 739895
  • - Editorial

Traditional Medicines in the World: Where to Go Next?

Si-Yuan Pan | Gerhard Litscher | ... | Kam-Ming Ko
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 856273
  • - Review Article

New Insights into the Chemical and Biochemical Basis of the “Yang-Invigorating” Action of Chinese Yang-Tonic Herbs

Jihang Chen | Hoi Shan Wong | ... | Kam Ming Ko
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 402718
  • - Review Article

Potential Therapeutic Effects of Meditation for Treating Affective Dysregulation

Natalie T. Y. Leung | Mandy M. Lo | Tatia M. C. Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 871217
  • - Review Article

Acupuncture and Depth: Future Direction for Acupuncture Research

You Li Goh | Chin Ee Ho | Baixiao Zhao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 475192
  • - Research Article

Antidiabetic and Antioxidative Effect of Jiang Tang Xiao Ke Granule in High-Fat Diet and Low-Dose Streptozotocin Induced Diabetic Rats

Dan-Dan Zhao | Na Yu | ... | Si-Hua Gao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 495635
  • - Research Article

Research on Traditional Medicine: What Has Been Done, the Difficulties, and Possible Solutions

Shirley Telles | Shivangi Pathak | ... | Acharya Balkrishna
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 787529
  • - Research Article

A Disturbance Rejection Framework for the Study of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Han Zhang | Yan Sun | ... | Yueqi Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 472638
  • - Research Article

Supplementation with the Extract of Schisandrae Fructus Pulp, Seed, or Their Combination Influences the Metabolism of Lipids and Glucose in Mice Fed with Normal and Hypercholesterolemic Diet

Xiao-Yan Wang | Zhi-Ling Yu | ... | Kam-Ming Ko
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 525340
  • - Review Article

Historical Perspective of Traditional Indigenous Medical Practices: The Current Renaissance and Conservation of Herbal Resources

Si-Yuan Pan | Gerhard Litscher | ... | Kam-Ming Ko
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 735423
  • - Research Article

Phytotherapeutic Information on Plants Used for the Treatment of Tuberculosis in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

I. O. Lawal | D. S. Grierson | A. J. Afolayan
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