[Review of traditional Chinese medicine processed by fermentation]

Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2012 Dec;37(24):3695-700.
[Article in Chinese]


The fermentation processing of traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs), as an important processing method for TCM, originated from the ancient brewing technology. It has a long history in China. Fermented TCMs (FTCMs) are widely applied among folks for preventing and treating many diseases. There are many kinds of TCM processed by spontaneous fermentation, including Massa Medicata Fermentata, Rhizoma Pinelliae Fermentata, Red fermented rice, Semen Sojae Praepaaratum, Mass Galla chinesis et camelliae Fermentata and Pien Tze Huang. This essay summarizes historical origin, main varieties, the effect of microbial strains, current processing techniques and existing problems of FTCM, and look into the prospect of modern development of FTCMs.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Drug Compounding / methods*
  • Drug Compounding / trends
  • Drug Industry / methods
  • Drug Industry / trends
  • Fermentation*
  • Industrial Microbiology / methods*
  • Industrial Microbiology / trends
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods*
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / trends