Obesity is one of the major public health problems in the 21st century. In 2013, several medical societies, including American Medical Association and American Heart Association, defined obesity as a disease. Obesity is closely related to the occurrence of many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, endocrine disorders such as type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, which seriously affect people’s work and life. With the economic growth, the increase in urban population, and the change of dietary habits in developing countries, obesity has gradually become “globalized”. Treatments for obesity include behavioral therapy, medication, and surgery. Although there are chemical drugs for weight loss available on the market, no evidence shows that these drugs can be used for a long term. Some side effects of weight-loss drugs have been revealed and the complications associated with long-term drug treatment for obesity, such as cardiovascular disease, should not be ignored. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been gradually recognized and accepted worldwide, particularly in obesity treatment. A growing number of clinicians and researchers around the world have devoted to the study of obesity with TCM. The discovery of a variety of Chinese medicines with weight-loss effect and the study of effective therapies unique to TCM such as acupuncture and moxibustion provide powerful tools to fight obesity. TCM is helping countries around the world by actively complementing and synergizing with western medicine, and has increasingly become a means of obesity treatment gaining international attention in recent years.
Since 2014, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Acupuncture Research, Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, Chinese Archives of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and World Chinese Medicine have joined the Journal Translation Project (JTP, http://jtp.cnki.net/bilingual). As of 2020, 1 351 articles from these journals have been included in JTP and published in Chinese and English, which has enhanced the international influence of these journals. To further promote the international dissemination of TCM culture and journals and to inform more readers about the research progress of obesity treatment with TCM, China National Knowledge Infrastructure collaborated with the editorial offices of these journals to constitute a panel of experts and select 19 excellent articles on obesity research with TCM, which have been compiled into the book Obesity (TCM) (English edition) as part of China’s Medicine Progress Series (English edition). The articles included were recommended by the editorial boards of the journals in which they were originally published, covering mechanism and clinical studies. These articles fully demonstrate the unique therapies and good efficacy of TCM in treating obesity, with scientific methodological support and objective conclusions. The original articles were published in Chinese, and this book is a compilation of English versions of selected articles.
As the editor-in-chief, I believe this book will provide useful experience and methods from the Chinese community of TCM for obesity treatment worldwide. This book also provides scientific, practical, and up-to-date data for those who engaged in TCM worldwide, enhances the international influence of TCM journals, and contributes to the dissemination of TCM culture.
Editior-in-chief: WU Zhongchao收起