Methods and Advances in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Methods and Advances in Traditional Chinese Medicine

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A new volume in the Emerging Issues in Analytical Chemistry series, Methods and Advances in Traditional Chinese Medicine describes analytical chemistry methods used to characterize constituents of herbal remedies, explore their mechanisms of action singly and in concert, and support the clinical trials necessary to bring Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into the mainstream of therapeutics. With recent advances in analytical instruments, molecular pharmacology, and genetics, it is now possible to investigate the bioactive molecules in a complex medicine on a rational basis. This book is the first to combine TCM with analytical chemistry methods toward this goal.

The book begins with a brief history of TCM, consideration of its strengths and weaknesses, and a review of the literature on application of Western analytical methods. It continues with an examination of the concept of synergistic, multi-targeted action among components, followed by an analysis of how analytical chemistry and other methods are used to assure quality and uniformity of natural products within tolerable limits. It then addresses the complexity introduced by absorption, distribution, and metabolism of an already complex drug. The last chapter advocates a system biological approach as the way forward for drug discovery and development in TCM.

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 216g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0128051612
  • 9780128051610

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Synergistic effects of multi-component herbal remedies Chapter 3 Quality control of multi-component herbal remedies Chapter 4 Advantages of bio-markers in validation of efficacy Chapter 5 Importance of pharmacokinetics and metabolism of plant derived drugs Chapter 6 Future development of TCM using a system biological approach
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About David Yue-Wei Lee

Dr. Lee has more than 40 years of experience in natural products chemistry, with a focus on Chinese herbal medicine. He has been principal investigator for numerous laboratory and clinical research studies funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other agencies. He has been director of the Bio-Organic and Natural Products Research Laboratory since its foundation in 1999, has published 110 papers and 2 book chapters, and holds 15 patents. He is associate editor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. Professor Bi has been working in pharmacy education and scientific research for more than 30 years. His research is focused on drug quality control; modernization of traditional Chinese medicine, pharmacokinetics and metabonomics. He has published 3 professional teaching books, 2 monographs, and more than 160 papers cited by Science Citation Index. He has served on the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission and the National New Drug Evaluation Committee of the Food and Drug Administration of China, as an evaluation expert of the Natural Science Foundation of China, and in many other capacities. Dr. Dai received her Ph.D. in pharmaceutical analysis at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in 2004. Her research is focused on development of analytical methods for determination of drugs and metabolites in biological samples. She has been principle investigator for metabolism studies of traditional Chinese medicines funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. She has published more than 30 papers and 2 book chapters. Dr. Pollard has been a behavioural pharmacologist in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 40 years, first with a major pharmaceutical company and since 1995 as a partner in Howard Associates, a contract research company. He has more than 40 scientific publications. Now specializing in writing and editing, he is certified ELS by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and is an associate editor of the book series Emerging Issues in Analytical Chemistry.
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