The main differences between traditional Chinese medicine and botanical medicine are as follows:
(1) Traditional Chinese medicine has systematic and complete theories, with vast literature, such as 《Huangdi Neijing》, 《Shen Nong's Materia Medica》, 《Treatise on Febrile Diseases》 and other classical medical books. The prescriptions and medicines are regular and follow, such as four Qi, five flavors and five elements Laws; Western botanicals are used only based on scattered experience.
(2) Traditional Chinese medicine has established a certain medical system as early as two or three thousand years ago. It is an industry with a long history. It is a practical medicine summed up after thousands of years of human clinical practice; Western botanicals have been used in recent decades. There has never been an industry before.
(3) Traditional Chinese medicine pays attention to processing, focusing on the four properties and five flavors of the medicine and the meridian return. After thousands of years of experience, different processing methods have been developed in traditional Chinese medicine. After processing, some Chinese medicines change the properties of the medicine and relieve the toxicity of the medicine; Western botanicals only The application of crude drugs does not understand the changes in the properties of the drugs after processing.
(4) Compound prescriptions are often used in traditional Chinese medicines, and the monarchs and ministers, Assistants and Guides are advisable. Traditional Chinese medicine is made by decocting, so that different medicines can form different medicinal properties under the common action to treat different diseases; Western botanicals generally use single medicine, occasionally use compound medicine, and often have four flavors, and there is no such thing as a monarch.
(5) For thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine has been the only healthcare system in China, allowing the Chinese nation to live endlessly. To this day, regardless of serious or minor illnesses, acute or chronic diseases, they can rely on Chinese medicine; while western botanicals are only used Mild and shallow diseases that can be diagnosed and treated by themselves. Under the influence of the "return to nature" trend of thought, western countries began to attach importance to the research and development of botanicals in the 1980s. However, it is still the path of western medicine. When it is becoming more and more difficult to develop Western medicines by screening methods, the West has begun to find effective ingredients from plants to develop new Western medicines. This is also one of the reasons for the rise of plant extracts in the West. It is not difficult to see that plant extracts cannot be modernized as traditional Chinese medicine.