Western biomedicine and Eastern therapeutics : an by Sun-Chong Wang

By Sun-Chong Wang

Sleek Western medication (MWM) and Ayurveda/Traditional chinese language drugs (TCM) may be thought of severe paradigms to complicated platforms. The microscopic and reductionist strategy of the West prevails in acute and single-gene stipulations equivalent to an infection and Mendelian issues. The macroscopic and holistic process of the East possibly fares good at persistent and complicated stipulations reminiscent of weight problems and growing old. The  Read more...

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By Sun-Chong Wang

Sleek Western medication (MWM) and Ayurveda/Traditional chinese language drugs (TCM) may be thought of severe paradigms to complicated platforms. The microscopic and reductionist strategy of the West prevails in acute and single-gene stipulations equivalent to an infection and Mendelian issues. The macroscopic and holistic process of the East possibly fares good at persistent and complicated stipulations reminiscent of weight problems and growing old. The  Read more...

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The two genes can differ in the sequence at one position due, for example, to mutation. indd 28 3/14/2013 3:16:57 PM b1522 Western Biomedicine and Eastern Therapeutics Modern Western Biomedicine 29 called a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). Because of the redundancy in RNA codons, an SNP may not change the sequence of the amino acids and the functions of the gene product. However, many SNPs in a gene increase the chance of modifying gene functions. Variants of a gene are called alleles, and the trait (or phenotype) is affected by the allele (or genotype).

The weighting in the average can be the inverse of the variance of the effect in each incorporated study. Combining individual studies is believed to enhance the statistical power of detecting or rejecting an effect. The Cochrane Collaboration has so far published over 4600 systematic reviews available online in the database of Cochrane Reviews in the Cochrane Library. , 1997]. New studies are published as technologies advance. Systematic reviews have to be updated too. In addition, since published results are predominantly positive with negative results piling up file drawers, the so-called publication bias needs to be addressed in a meta-analysis.

Such a change will definitely involve academia, industry and government, which are driven by such different factors as individual success, shareholders’ interests and public mandate. indd 14 3/14/2013 3:16:43 PM b1522 Evidence-Based Practice Western Biomedicine and Eastern Therapeutics 15 practitioners. In particular, “-omics” and cross-disciplinary researches can help identify new drug targets, raising the confidence in drug discoveries. , 2011]. Furthermore, creative designs of clinical trials that do not sacrifice efficacy for safety reduce not only costs but also time.

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