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Longhua Chinese Medicine: inherit and improve global influence of Chinese Medicine

Authors: Zhen Xiao

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With a history of more than 2,000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is seen by many as a national treasure in China for its unique theories and practices, and plays an important role in Chinese healthcare system today. Nevertheless, TCM has finally proven its value in the international stage. Never did we ever see anything related to the traditional medical studies that have been caught on radar for the Nobel Prize’s prospect, the tables are turned now. We are not surprised by name of Youyou Tu, a pharmacologist of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, being one of the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Professor Tu, who dedicated her lifetime studying into TCM, has discovered a novel therapy against malaria, as known as Artemisinin. She is the very first scholar to explicitly clarify on how the biologically active component of Artemisinin worked, which then paved the way for Artemisinin to save millions of lives from malaria. This is a perfectly proven example of how Chinese medicines can be applied to become modern drugs towards effective healing.