First documented in ancient Egypt (1 500 B.C.), diabetes is one of the most serious and critical health problems facing the world in the 21st century. It has many complications such as cardio-cerebrovascular disease, neuropathy, pedopathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy, which are life-threatening and seriously affect the growth and development of children. There is currently no cure for diabetes, and the general principle of treatment is to control blood glucose and prevent complications by changing lifestyle, including diet control, physical exercise, and weight loss in combination with drug therapy. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history in the treatment of diabetes, achieving unique efficacy. China is among the countries with the earliest recognition of diabetes, which was first recorded as consumptive thirst in Collected Works of Prince Huainan written in the early Han Dynasty. Since the completion of the book The Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic, TCM has evolved the understanding and innovated the treatment of diabetes. On the basis of previous experience, modern TCM practitioners have greatly improved the efficiency of treating diabetes by use of modern scientific methods and continuous innovation. With the gradual recognition and acceptance of TCM worldwide, the excellent performance of TCM in diabetes treatment has attracted widespread attention, and a growing number of clinicians and researchers around the world have devoted to the study of diabetes with TCM. The discovery of a variety of active Chinese medicinal components and the study of effective therapies unique to TCM, such as acupuncture and moxibustion, provide powerful tools to fight diabetes. TCM is helping countries around the world by actively complementing and synergizing with western medicine and has become a means of diabetes treatment gaining international attention in recent years.
Since 2014, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Acupuncture Research, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica, Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine, Chinese Archives of Traditional Chinese Medicine, World Chinese Medicine, Liaoning Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica, Chinese Traditional and Herbal Drugs, The Chinese Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Chinese Pharmacological Bulletin, Chinese Pharmaceutical Journal, Journal of Chinese Medicinal Materials, and Chinese Journal of Nursing have joined the Journal Translation Project (JTP, http://jtp.cnki.net/bilingual). As of 2020, 3 847 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 diabetes treatment with TCM, China National Knowledge Infrastructure collaborated with the editorial offices of these journals to constitute a panel of experts to select 89 excellent articles on diabetes research with TCM. These articles have been compiled into the book Diabetes (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 theoretical analysis, analysis of effective components, mechanism study, and clinical study. These articles fully demonstrate the unique therapies and good efficacy of TCM in treating diabetes, 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 diabetes treatment worldwide. This book also offers scientific, practical, and up-to-date literature to those that are engaged in TCM worldwide, enhances the international influence of TCM journals, and contributes to the dissemination of TCM culture.
Editor-in-chief: XIE Yanming收起