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Chin J Integr Med. 2019 May;25(5):323-326. doi: 10.1007/s11655-018-2570-9. Epub 2018 Sep 4.

Convergence of Medicines: West Meets East in Newly-Discovered Organs and Functions.

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1
American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Roseville, MN, 55113, USA. tcmhealth@aol.com.
2
American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Roseville, MN, 55113, USA.

Abstract

Although the foundations and evolution of Chinese medicine and Western medicine are very different, an increasing amount of research has revealed that those Eastern medicine principles practiced over thousands of years are confirmed by new technologies applied to the basic science of the human body. Recent scientific discoveries present enticing opportunities to reconcile Chinese medicine theories with Western biomedicine. Is there a trend toward the convergence of Eastern and Western medicine? Four studies which exemplify the potential for convergence are described in this article. The studies present findings in regard to mesentery, interstitium, a gut-lung axis, and lung-centered hematopoiesis, and were published recently in leading journals such as Science, Nature, and Lancet.

KEYWORDS:

gut-lung axis; interstitium; mesentery; onvergence of medicines

PMID:
30178089
DOI:
10.1007/s11655-018-2570-9

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