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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 95-98

Chinese medicine and environmental disease

1 ACA Canton Senior Group, Association of Chinese Americans, Canton, Michigan 48188, USA
2 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Zhangqiu Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Zhangqiu City, Shandong Province 250200, China
3 Gang-ao Garden, Jinan Lixia District, Jinan City, Shandong Province 250014, China
4 Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics; Department of Immunology and Microbiology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan 48201, USA

Correspondence Address:
Kezhong Zhang
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan 48201
Lei Wang
Association of Chinese Americans, Canton, Michigan 48188
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2468-5690.191981

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Environmental diseases represent the major challenge to the modern human health. Despite the increased public health challenges, "Western Medicine," or modern medicine, has limited solutions in regard to the prevention or treatment of environment-associated complex chronic diseases. In contrast, "Integrative or Alternative Medicine," particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shows promising health benefits in improving the symptoms or even curing some of chronic environmental diseases. TCM defines disease as a disharmony or imbalance in the functions of inner body energy circuit or interactions between the human body and the environment. The principals of diagnosis and treatment of TCM are to identify the patterns of disharmony and restore systemic harmony inside human body and between the human body and environment. These principles are well in line with the etiology and development of modern environmental diseases. In this review, we summarize some progress in using TCM to treat environment-associated, modern human common diseases.

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