Are Herbs Extract Powder Still Chinese Traditional Medicine?

Are herbs extract powder still Chinese traditional medicine? Different people may have different answers to this question, and maybe you have not paid attention to it at all. However, there are still many differences between Chinese herbs extracts and Chinese herbs.

First of all, if you don't know what Chinese herbal extracts are, please recall whether you have heard of these medicines, such as berberine, ginkgo leaves for ginkgo biloba extract powder, Maizhiling tablets, Kangfuxin liquid, etc. These are medicines made from traditional Chinese herbs extracts. Among them, berberine is the pyranine in Coptis chinensis, Ginkgo biloba leaf is Ginkgo biloba leaf extract, mainly containing ginkgo flavonoids and zolide, and Maizhiling tablet is horse chestnut extract, Rehabilitation New Liquid is an extract of American cockroach. They have one thing in common, they are all related to traditional Chinese medicine (herbal medicine), but they are not Chinese patent medicines that are directly processed from single-flavored decoction pieces according to traditional techniques.

Since it is related to traditional Chinese medicine, why not treat them as traditional Chinese medicine, but to say that there are many differences? The reasons are as follows:

  1. Efficacy characteristics and medicinal properties have changed.

    Traditional Chinese medicine decoction pieces pay attention to the four qi and five flavors to return to the meridian, and a Chinese medicine has its own efficacy characteristics and medicinal properties. However, the efficacy characteristics and medicinal properties of this traditional Chinese medicine have changed after modern extraction, because the active ingredients and their composition ratios before and after extraction have changed dramatically. Therefore, compared with the original Chinese medicine (herbal medicine) extract, the efficacy characteristics and medicinal properties have changed.

  2. Most of the contents of the instructions and indications of the herbs extracts are described by Western medicine.

    According to the instructions of the existing Chinese herbal extract powder preparations, the records of the functions and indications of the medicines have been basically described in accordance with Western medical vocabulary, and there are less descriptions of traditional Chinese medicine theories. For example, the indication of berberine (bercanine hydrochloride tablets) is "for intestinal infection", and the indication of the instruction manual of ginkgo leaf is "for chest pain, stroke, hemiplegia, strong tongue and speech caused by blood stasis blocking collaterals. Jian; stable angina pectoris of coronary heart disease, cerebral infarction see the above syndromes", the indication of Maizhiling Tablet's instructions is "for chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and thrombophlebitis post syndrome Lower limb swelling, cramping, itching, burning, numbness, pain, fatigue and heaviness, skin pigmentation, stagnant dermatitis, ulcers, swelling and pain caused by varicocele, etc. 

  3. A relatively large clinical demand for Chinese patent medicines.

    The clinical application of these drugs is extensive, and there are many cases of non-dialectical use. From a clinical point of view, there is still a relatively large clinical demand for Chinese patent medicines made from these Chinese herbs extracts. On the one hand, the instructions of these medicines have added indication information that is convenient for Western medicine to read; on the other hand, this single-component traditional Chinese medicine (herbal medicine) is also easily accepted by Western medicine, so many prescriptions are prescribed by Western medicine. It is far away from the dialectical treatment. In fact, "how to use" rather than "what" is the final criterion for judging whether it belongs to traditional Chinese medicine.

To sum up, Chinese herbs extracts are not the same as traditional Chinese medicines, and their final clinical efficacy expression may be different from related Chinese medicines.

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