Introduction 1

Introduction

1.1 Introduction

In recent years, as more and more innovative drug products are going off patent, the search for new medicines that can treat critical and/or life-threatening diseases has become the center of attention of many major pharmaceutical companies and research organizations such as the United States (US) National Institutes of Health (NIH). This leads to the study of the potential use of promising traditional Chinese herbal medicines, especially for those intended for treating critical and/or life-threatening diseases such as cancer. In the Chinese community, most people consider traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) a Chinese herbal medicine, which was developed for treating patients with certain diseases ...

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