Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
The Chinese developed a system of medicine 2000 years ago that is still widely used. The biologic actions of approximately 2000 natural products derived from plants, animals, and minerals were recorded and coupled with their notions about man's relationship with the universe and nature. The theories led to the application of a vast number of agents to prevent, diagnose, cure, and alleviate medical conditions. Chinese medical practitioners also noted that many products could interact to influence each other beneficially or adversely, and knowledge of this ability was exploited to write prescriptions with drugs in combination.
Chinese MedicineScience and Civilization in China, vol 6: Biology and Biological Technology, part 6: Medicine. JAMA. 2001;285(14):1891-1892. doi:10.1001/jama.285.14.1891