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Clinical Drug Development of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Examine the theory, resources, and drug development of Chinese herbal remedies to understand their role in modern medicine.

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Clinical Drug Development of Chinese Herbal Medicine

  • 5 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Trace the history and look to the future of traditional Chinese medicine

Despite having their origins in the medicine of ancient China, traditional Chinese herbal remedies remain in high demand today. This has generated a need to develop and commercialise traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

On this five-week course from Taipei Medical University, you’ll examine the clinical development of traditional Chinese herbal medicine. From the natural resources and theories underpinning TCM to the use of its remedies in modern scientific research, you’ll trace the history and look to the future of Chinese herbal medicine.

Learn how herbal remedies are identified and cultivated

What herbs go into Chinese herbal remedies? You’ll start the course with an introduction to the most essential ingredients of TCM, and how they are identified.

You’ll home in on the properties of common herbs and roots, learning how their cultivation and use have evolved over millennia.

Master the processes involved in drug development

After an overview of some of the principal resources of Chinese medicine, you’ll begin exploring how these are processed, developed, and checked for standards and quality.

Examining a wide range of popular TCM products, including Gen Yen Ointment and herbal acne solutions, you’ll learn how age-old remedies have been commercialised as modern treatments.

Understand the role of TCM in modern medicine

The final week of the course will consider the fundamental theories of Chinese herbal medicine in the light of modern medical treatments.

You’ll learn how TCM has contributed to modern scientific research and biotechnology.

Bringing everything you have learnt on the course together, you’ll envisage future directions in the development of Chinese herbal medicine.

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  • Week 1

    Farm to Pharmacy: Herbal Quality and Natural Resources in Chinese Medicine

    • Chinese Medicine's Nature Harmony

      Explore the fascinating journey from farm to pharmacy in Chinese medicine, unraveling the intricate interplay between herbal quality and natural resources. Delve into the essence of traditional healing practices.

    • Cultivating Change: Evolution of Chinese Medicine Practices

      Delve into the transformation of Chinese medicine practices, tracing the shift from wild harvesting to cultivation and the vital quest for sustainability.

  • Week 2

    Macroscopic Identification of Chinese Medicinal Materials

    • Exploring Macroscopic Identification in Chinese Herbal Medicine

      Prof Brand delves into the nuanced world of macroscopic identification, unveiling traditional technical terms used to decipher the appearance of Chinese herbs and preserve centuries-old knowledge.

    • Macroscopic Identification in Herbal Quality Assessment

      Explore the convenience and eco-friendliness of macroscopic identification, a key method for authenticating and evaluating medicinal plants in various settings.

  • Week 3

    Processing of Chinese Medicines: Pao Zhi

    • Chinese Medicine Processing Traditions, and Techniques

      Embark on a journey with Eric Brand as he unveils the intricate world of Chinese medicine processing traditions and techniques.

    • Unveiling Ancient Processing in Chinese Herbal Medicine

      Embark on a journey through Chinese herbal medicine's transformative art, exploring ancient processing techniques that unlock therapeutic secrets.

  • Week 4

    Products development and application of botanical extract

    • Herbal Medicine Products: Efficacy, Impact and Applications

      Embark on a journey with Prof Lee as he unveils the potential of herbal medicine in treating osteoarthritis, offering insights into global developments.

    • Herbal Effect on Skin Health: Aging, and Acne Solutions

      Embark on a journey with Prof Lee as he unravels the secrets of skin health, aging, and acne using herbal remedies.

  • Week 5

    Basic Theory of Chinese Herbal Medicine

    • Essentials of Chinese Herbal Harmony

      Prof Eric Brand will explore Qi, flavors, and herbal actions, revealing the intricate balance in Chinese medicine.

    • Herbal Fusion: Tradition Meets Modern Healing

      Explore how to master Chinese herbal medicine: 8 modules unveiling principles, categories, and formulas for holistic healing and disease management.

    • Final Review

      This session includes an engaging assessment quiz to test your knowledge, followed by a valuable discussion on course feedback.

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By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the spectrum of herbal resources and traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Investigate the origins, quality, and applications of Chinese herbal remedies.
  • Examine scientific research standards for herbal remedy efficacy.
  • Explain fundamental theory and processing techniques of Chinese herbal medicine.
  • Explore the development and application of botanical extracts in modern research and medicine.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the history and development of traditional Chinese medicine.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Prof.
Ph.D. Program for Drug Discovery from Botanical Herbs College of Pharmacy
Taipei Medical University

Assistance Prof.
Ph.D. Program for Drug Discovery from Botanical Herbs College of Pharmacy
Taipei Medical Universi

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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