Chinese medicine refers to the traditional Chinese medicine under the guidance of the application of drugs. Chinese medicine is divided into Chinese patent medicine and Chinese herbal medicine according to the processing technology. Traditional Chinese medicine mainly originated from the China, in addition to plant medicine, animal medicine such as snake, bear gall, Agkistrodon acutus, pilose antler, deer; shellfish such as pearl, clam shell; minerals such as keel, magnets are used to treat the Chinese medicine.
A small number of Chinese medicine originated from foreign countries, such as American ginseng. Chinese herbal medicine is mainly composed of plant medicine (root, stem, leaf, fruit), animal medicine (viscera, skin, bone, organ, etc.) and mineral medicine composition. Herbal medicine accounts for the majority of Chinese medicine, so Chinese medicine is also known as Chinese herbal medicine. There are about 5000 kinds of traditional Chinese medicine used in various parts of China, and the prescriptions formed by the compatibility of various medicinal materials are countless. After thousands of years of research, an independent science has been formed -- materia medica. Now Chinese medical colleges have opened the course of natural medicine, which is about generic Chinese herbal medicine.