Advances in Natural Product Chemistry: Benefits of Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine

Advances in Natural Product Chemistry: Benefits of Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine

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Chinese medicine is a rich source of pharmacologically active substances. How can we best tap the wealth of past empirical experience to enhance future therapeutic advancement? Better understanding of the chemistry of medicinal herbs would enhance the exploration of new therapeutic benefits and product development. This presentation provides an overview of innovative research for quality assurance, identification of active components, and understanding of the molecular mechanisms of multi-component herbal medicines.


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  • Standardization of herbal preparations by the “omics”-technologies
  • Scientific approaches to understanding the multi-target therapeutic concept of herbal medicine
  • Synergy research on Chinese medicine
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts


Dr. Chun-Tao Che is the Norman R. Farnsworth Professor of Pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been active in the search for novel and active substances from natural sources, in particular, Chinese medicinal plants, as well as establishing quality standards for herbal drugs and botanical products. He has published over 250 research papers in the areas of pharmacognosy, natural products, and Chinese medicine.


Bill Courtney is the chef/owner of Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese, located in the University City Loop, just west of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Following completion of his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Missouri – Columbia, Bill worked a short time as a Q.C. Chemist for ConvaTec. A shift in interest eventually took Bill to The Genome Institute at Washington University, where he spent 9 years working with the leading genetic and genomic research scientists in the United States. In a radical move, Bill struck out on his own to open Cheese-ology, the culmination of years of a self-described “un-natural obsession” with Macaroni & Cheese. Open since June 2010, Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese features over 15 varieties of Macaroni & Cheese to satisfy any Mac & Cheese craving.

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6 Responses to “Advances in Natural Product Chemistry: Benefits of Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine”

  1. Huang Lin says:

    A dose of Chinese herb medicine contains various herb, how can we learn the interaction among many natural chemical interactions?
    Dermal treatment with camphor, methanol and sacyclic acid solution, which has asprine ingredient. How long ago Chinese medicine used this medicine to help healing bone, muscle and tendon damage?

  2. admin says:


    Thank you for starting the discussion. We hope to answer these questions and more during the ACS Webinar.

    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  3. Maysoon says:

    I’m looking forward to this webinar… and have high expectations.
    good luck :)

  4. Dieu Nguyen says:

    It should not be ignored the fact that all medicines, including post marketing, are in perpetual testing. Traditional medicines have been in testing for thousands of years, and will continue on. Modern medicines are in constant testing, too, that is phase VI, beyond phase III, with adverse event reporting system. There is no systematic recording/documenting of clinical success or failure or adverse events that occur when using “traditional” medicines. That, does not mean that none of those event didn’t happen. Thus, my friends, is as open minded as we can be. Cheers.

  5. Anthony Glaser says:

    @Dieu Nguyen

    Thousands of years of non-scientific testing also gave us Humorism which after many hundreds of years of careful refinement led to the advanced practice of blood-letting.

    There is no reason to think that ‘traditional’ medicine of any kind is any more valid than Humorism.

    By all means, perform rigorous pharmacological trials on whatever compounds you want. If the effect size turns out to be inversely proportional to the quality of the study it’s probably not there.

  6. dassi says:

    I also want to attend

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