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Nature Supplement on Asian Medicine

Friday, February 10, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Many Western medical practitioners are moving toward the idea that human health has to be viewed as a whole system and that many illnesses do not have single isolated causes. At the same time, scientists in China, Japan and South Korea, who tend to hold that view, are working to modernize traditional Asian medicine with rigorous investigation. The Nature magazine supplement on traditional Asian medicine is now available free online, with provocative articles on such topics as the benefits and dangers of herbal therapy, clinical trials and personalized medicine, some myths about the medical usefulness of endangered animal body parts, and perceptive views on the medical meeting of east and west. As Michelle Grayson, associate editor of Nature Outlooks, explains, "There are unique aspects to traditional Asian medicine that could hold great promise if they are artfully investigated. The goal of science should be to rigorously test each claim and sort the medical wheat from the pseudoscientific chaff.”

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