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2TMR Integrative Medicine  2018, Vol. 2 Issue (3): 92-98     DOI: 10.12032/TMRIM201802026
Network pharmacology: an important breakthrough in traditional Chinese medicine research
Yuan Jin-Wei1, Hao Jian2, Chen Dan3()
1School of Basic Medical Sciences, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin, China
2Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin, China.
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Network pharmacology breaks through the traditional linear research model and coincides with the complexity of traditional Chinese medicine, provides technical support and new strategy in the research of traditional Chinese medicine.


Objective: To study the relationship between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) research and network pharmacology. Methods: Discuss the common features of TCM and network pharmacology through the analysis of the characteristics of TCM, the background of network pharmacology, so as better interpretation of TCM and in-depth understanding of TCM research and network pharmacology. Results: Multicomponent and multitarget characteristics of TCM as same as the study thought of network pharmacology. Network pharmacology breaks through the research model of linear and coincides with the complexity of TCM, provides technical support for rational design of TCM formulae, both and a new way in the research of TCM. It becomes a new strategy for modern TCM research. Conclusion: Network pharmacology is an important breakthrough in TCM research, its research promote modernization and internationalization process of TCM conduce to the research and development of TCM and have important significance for the integration of Chinese and Western medicine.

Key wordsTraditional Chinese medicine      Network pharmacology      Multicomponent      Multitarget     
Published: 14 September 2018
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Yuan Jin-Wei, Hao Jian, Chen Dan. Network pharmacology: an important breakthrough in traditional Chinese medicine research. 2TMR Integrative Medicine, 2018, 2 (3): 92-98.  

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Figure 1 Source of small molecule approved drug
Figure 2 Network interaction between the material foundation and act mechanisms
Figure 3 The research route of network pharmacology
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