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Abstract

Volume 13, Issue 4 (July 2011) 13, 592–595; 10.1038/aja.2010.127

The effects and prospects of the integration of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine on andrology in China

Wei-Guo Ma and Jin-Ming Jia

Department of Andrology, Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing 100053, China

Correspondence: Dr JM Jia, (nanke1145@126.com)

Abstract

Andrology has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) discussions concerning andropathies, and documentation of relevant therapeutic methods abound in the ancient literature on TCM. Integrated treatment combining TCM and Western medicine has seen both broad and in-depth development, with formidable status in the field of modern andrology in China. This article attempts to demonstrate the unique advantage of integrated treatment in the therapy of andropathies through a review of the ancient literature on andrology in the field of TCM and on the integrative treatment of prostatic diseases, sexual dysfunction, male infertility and late-onset hypogonadism. There is a need for the advancement of a medical theory that integrates TCM and Western medicine practices to create a new therapeutic system with standardized therapeutic and evaluative protocols for diseases involving male sexual health.

Keywords: andrology; integrated medicine; traditional Chinese medicine; Western medicine

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