Traditional Chinese Medicine in Modern Scientific Terms - Part 2

A conversation with Qing Li, M.D., Ph.D.

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"Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) represents about half of the OTC market in China. TCM has a long history of use and is widely accepted and believed by consumers in China and surrounding Asian countries. Comprehensive literature reviews, however, reveal limited evidence of efficacy and safety, i.e. results from double-blind, placebo-controlled studies. Generation of high quality clinical data of TCM is key for its modernization and acceptance in U.S. and European markets."

During "ChinaTrials 2010 Global Clinical Development Summit" in Beijing last November, Qing Li, M.D., Ph.D. chaired a session on innovation in developing OTC products. The session covered OTC drug regulations in China, consumer insights and a number of perceived "mega-trend" growth areas within China, including Rx-to-OTC switches, Western branded products, medical devices and TCM.

In his own presentation titled "OTC Traditional Chinese Medicine: Evaluating Safety & Efficacy", Qing Li spoke about efforts evaluating TCM with modern, scientific methodology.

Prompted by Essinova members' prior inquiry and my own growing interest in TCM, I interviewed Qing Li after the session.

Qing Li has 14 years of experience in global drug development and clinical research at several multinational pharmaceutical companies and a clinical research organization. He holds an M.D. from Peking Union Medical College and a Ph.D. in Phamacology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Part 1: Need for clinical studies and mystery of the "Meridians"

Part 2: Can scientific methods apply? What does modernization mean? What is the government's policy?

Part 3: Can there be "best of both worlds"?

Hopefully this will be my first of more conversations to come on the topic of TCM and its interface with the West.

- Host, BeiBei Song

Tags: TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, ChinaTrials, Qing Li

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