Editor's Note
A new consortium was formed at a Harvard Medical School conference in 2018. The main goal was to build a collaborative platform for the scientific investigation of traditional medicine with cutting edge sciences and technologies at the forefront of biomedicine. The authors conclude that the scientific community needs to develop a collaborative scientific project to integrate the best of Western and Eastern medicine into a “One World Integrative Medicine” for the sake of patients worldwide.
Background

A central topic is to bring traditional medicine to a new horizon by integrating the latest advances in genomic, metabolomic, and system biological approaches, in order to re-examine the wisdom and knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and other traditional medicines.

Purpose

A new consortium has been formed at a conference of the Harvard Medical School, Boston, on October 29–30, 2018. The main goal was to build a collaborative platform for the scientific investigation of traditional medicine with cutting edge sciences and technologies at the forefront of biomedicine.

Results

Traditional medicines are largely experience-based, but the scientific basis is largely non-satisfactory. Therefore, the transformation from experience-based to evidence-based medicine would be an important step forward. The consortium covers three main fields: TCM diagnostics, acupuncture and TCM pharmacology. Diseases occur because of regulatory imbalances of holistic physiological display and genetic information/expression related to systems biology and energy consumption/release (e.g. cold and hot) within body. As organs are interconnected by meridians, affecting the meridians by acupuncture and medicinal herbs restores healthy organ function and body balance. There are two concepts in herbal medicine: The traditional way is based on complex herbal mixtures. The second concept is related to Western pharmacological drug development including the isolation of bioactive phytochemicals, which are subjected to preclinical and clinical investigations.

Conclusion

Development of collaborative scientific project to integrate the best of both worlds – Western and Eastern medicine into a “One World Integrative Medicine” for the sake of patients worldwide.

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