Connecting West and East

Int J Mol Sci. 2019 May 11;20(9):2333. doi: 10.3390/ijms20092333.


Despite their similarities, Western medicine and Eastern medicine are very different because they are built on different fundamentals. The general idea has arisen that we will benefit by connecting Western and Eastern medicine. First, both the merits as well as the limitations of both types of medicine are discussed. It was concluded that to create a bridge, we should focus on similarities that inspire the further unravelling of the molecular mechanism of the mode of action and toxicity of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is suggested that the energy perspective provides a basis to integrate Eastern and Western medicine.

Keywords: Eastern medicine; Western medicine; energy; paradigm; redox modulation; traditional Chinese medicine.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Integrative Medicine*
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal