Topic: Syndrome Differentiation and Treatment

Dr. Bao Yan Liu


Chief Physician, PhD Tutor, Principal Investigator of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Chairman of World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS), President of China Association for Acupuncture and Moxibustion (CAAM), Fellow of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, Traditional Medicine Consultant of World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr. Liu has been committing to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and technology research for many years. He has proposed clinical research paradigms by including characteristics of TCM and has accomplished many fruitful work for the advancement of TCM. At the same time, in the acupuncture field, he has conducted clinical research on acupuncture demonstration, standardization, case registration and more. He has taken the lead in the 973 Program (National Basic Research Program), the 863 Program (State High-Tech Development Plan), the National Science & Technology Pillar Program, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and 20 more major national projects. He has also held the position of chief scientist for the 973 Program. Dr. Liu has achieved prominent results in multiple research: TCM clinical research methodology, acupuncture standardization research, acupuncture registration research, TCM “preventive treatment of disease”, Chinese and Western medicine in prevention and treatment of SARS and Influenza A virus, TCM in prevention and treatment of H1N1 flu (subtype of Influenza A virus), and prevention and treatment of major infectious diseases such as hand-foot-and-mouth disease, Japanese encephalitis, AIDS and viral hepatitis. Dr. Liu has won 3 second prizes of the State Science and Technology Progress Award as well as 9 first and second prizes of the Provincial and Ministerial Science and Technology Progress Award. In addition, he has published more than 300 academic papers (including 67 SCI papers with a total impact factor of 104) and 10 books or book chapters.


Syndrome differentiation and treatment, as one of the core principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been widely applied in acupuncture and herbal medicine. This paper compares the differences in the application of syndrome differentiation and treatment between acupuncture and herbal medicine. In terms of acupuncture treatment, syndrome differentiation and treatment can help acupuncturists choose appropriate acupoints and needle techniques to achieve better therapeutic effects. In terms of herbal medicine treatment, syndrome differentiation and treatment can assist physicians in selecting suitable combinations of Chinese herbal medicine to improve patients’ symptoms. Overall, syndrome differentiation and treatment plays a crucial role in both acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments, but there are still some differences in their specific applications.


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