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In the Vietnamese health care system, traditional medicines play an important role. Theories of healing and oriental philosophy underpin Vietnamese traditional medicine. Chinese traditional medicine influences Vietnamese traditional medicine to a large extent, differing in certain aspects. From the clinical point of view, Vietnamese traditional medicine is not evidence based in most cases, but data on subclinical research suggest otherwise, supporting various Vietnamese herbal drugs in traditional use. Knowledge about herb-drug interactions and the occurrence of adverse reactions is necessary so as to safely apply the traditional medicines.

Historical Perspective

Vietnamese traditional medicine, over several thousand years, has undergone evolution, influenced by Chinese traditional medicine, rule, and culture. Therefore, it is a very difficult task to differentiate Thuoc Bac (northern medicine) and traditional Chinese medicine from ...

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