[Eight-step method in clinical research of traditional Chinese medicine].
ABSTRACT With the progress and development of science and technology, biomedical technology has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) research. However, TCM and Western medicine developed and came into being at different times and from different cultural backgrounds. Their targets are to study and explore the objective laws of human life activities from different angles and by different means. To study and evaluate TCM simply by the diagnosis and treatment standards of Western medicine cannot truly reflect the characteristics of TCM. Lots of clinical phenomena in the diagnosis and treatment in TCM cannot be revealed scientifically. It might be a significant pattern to combine the study of TCM with Western medicine, based on double-screening model of combining disease with syndrome types, following up evidence-based medical research steps, and making use of systematic review and data mining to analyze the inherent laws of TCM symptoms.