On December 22, 2011, the scientific journal, Nature, has published an open-access, online supplement (free print version is available from the website) that includes a number of articles on what it calls "traditional Asian medicine." Topics include regulations, patents, biodiversity, modernization, and "clinical trial barriers." The supplement also includes a collection of three review articles.
Using scientific techniques to investigate the claims of traditional medicine as practiced in countries such as China and Japan can help sort effective treatments from unfounded superstitions - and perhaps give modern medicine a few insights into holistic approaches borne from thousands of years of herbal remedies.
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