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Biological Values of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Impact on the Life Science

Call for Papers

As treasures of the traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine date back to more than 2,500 years and have achieved sound effects in the clinical practice. The effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are usually demonstrated by the biological regulations on physiological and pathological processes after prescriptions intake and stimulation on acupuncture points, which are inherent responses of the life and of great importance in the life science research.

The researches of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have obtained significant improvement with technical supports of life science in recent years. At the same time, the studies of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have in turn accelerated the development of biomedical science as well as understanding of life, which also influence the western medicine and make the combination of both forms of treatment become possible. For example, the achievements of sixty-year acupuncture anesthesia research and application have enriched the gate control theory of pain and clarified the underlying mechanism of endorphin release. The discovery of artemisinin (qinghaosu) originates from Chinese medicine, which is now a key antimalarial drug in the conventional medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine and western medicine have mutual influence on each other, which finally promotes the innovation of life science.

In order to deepen our knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, it is urgently needed to dig out the biological value of traditional Chinese medicine and integrate Chinese and western medicine, which may turn hypothesis to solid data-driven research and creative discovery of life science. We invite investigators to contribute original research articles and review articles in multidisciplinary and cross-cutting area, especially elucidating the impact of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on the life science research. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Substantial basis of acupuncture and Chinese herbs
  • Biological significance of Chinese medicine theory and its physiological phenomenon
  • Study on the potential biological targets of acupuncture and Chinese herbs
  • Effective model comparison between Chinese medicine and conventional medicine
  • Review of the role of acupuncture and Chinese herbs in the life science

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 7 June 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 30 August 2013
Publication DateFriday, 25 October 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Yong Qing Yang, Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian, Yueyang Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China

Guest Editors

  • Chen Yan, Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY 14642, USA
  • Chris J. Branford-White, Institute for health research and policy, London Metropolitan University, London, UK
  • Xiang-Yu Hou, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059, Australia