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The Art and Science of Traditional Medicine Part 3: The Global Impact of Traditional Medicine

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Science  13 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6262, pp. 871
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6262.871-c

Summary

It is appropriate and timely that Chinese scientist Youyou Tu was awarded half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of her pioneering work on the antimalarial artemisinin, extracted from Artemisia annua, an ancient herbal remedy used to treat fever. This third issue in the Art and Science of Traditional Medicine series features another time-honored herb, ginseng. Also discussed are the systems and network pharmacology of TCM, pharmacognosy and regulation of traditional medicine in Europe, and how these best practices can be applied globally, but particularly in Africa. Attention garnered by the Nobel award hopefully will generate interest in traditional medicines from other parts of the world, including the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, and the Americas.

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