Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long history of viewing an individual or patient as a system with different statuses. This philosophy share a lot with the key idea of systems biology in modern science, but TCM lacks an accurate scientific framework or sufficient physical foundation. However, thousands of years of TCM practice do have played an important role in the Eastern civilization, and it is nowadays still shown as an effective alternative to Western medicine in many situations. It is our belief that the scientific foundation of many key concepts in TCM could be revealed with current and future systems biology approaches.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Systems Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Systems Medicine