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Overview of Taiwan's Indigenous Ethnopharmacology in the Perspective of Traditional Knowledge Protection
GUO Jing-jing1,2; PAN Wei2; CHEN Mei-wan2; WANG Chun-ming2; WANG Yi-tao2
2015-12
Source PublicationCHINESE JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
ISSN1672-0415
Volume21Issue:12Pages:949-954
Abstract

Ethnopharmacology, the study of ethnic use of drugs, opens up the crucial gateway to understanding and promoting traditional medicine in the new age. Taiwan is a unique region where traditional medicine and herbal therapeutics have been benefiting its people of multiple races for centuries. This article overviews Taiwan’s indigenous traditional medicine and the emerging status of ethnopharmacology study, and outlines the global scenario of the inheritance and development of traditional medicine. In such a scope of knowledge protection, this article particularly highlights the challenges with bioprospecting and biopiracy, and summarizes the current measures for protection of traditional knowledge in Taiwan. Finally, based upon these analyses, we propose rational strategies for promoting Taiwan’s ethnopharmacology, from multiple angles of resource, economy, policy and law. We conclude that four measures, namely (1) protecting the natural environment of biodiversity, (2) avoiding unnecessary conflicts caused by bioprospecting and biopiracy, (3) strengthening the international collaboration, and (4) upgrading the legal system of traditional intelligence, would be the right paths for Taiwan to protect its invaluable heritage of traditional medicine and the knowledge of ethnopharmacology therein.

KeywordEthnopharmacology Traditional Medicine Traditional Knowledge Taiwan
DOI10.1007/s11655-013-1339-9
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaIntegrative & Complementary Medicine
WOS SubjectIntegrative & Complementary Medicine
WOS IDWOS:000365764800011
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionInstitute of Chinese Medical Sciences
Affiliation1.Department of Agronomy, Taiwan University, Roosevelt Road, Taipei (10617), Taiwan, China
2.State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, University of Macau, Macau (999078), China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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GUO Jing-jing,PAN Wei,CHEN Mei-wan,et al. Overview of Taiwan's Indigenous Ethnopharmacology in the Perspective of Traditional Knowledge Protection[J]. CHINESE JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE,2015,21(12):949-954.
APA GUO Jing-jing,PAN Wei,CHEN Mei-wan,WANG Chun-ming,&WANG Yi-tao.(2015).Overview of Taiwan's Indigenous Ethnopharmacology in the Perspective of Traditional Knowledge Protection.CHINESE JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE,21(12),949-954.
MLA GUO Jing-jing,et al."Overview of Taiwan's Indigenous Ethnopharmacology in the Perspective of Traditional Knowledge Protection".CHINESE JOURNAL OF INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 21.12(2015):949-954.
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