Peigen Xiao 

M.D Ph.D 


Chinese Society of Engineering

Honorary Director

Institute of Medicinal Plant Development,Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences,Beijing,China


International Society for Ethnopharmacology

Professor Peigen Xiao, male, was born in Shanghai in Feb. 1932. He graduated from the Major of Botany in the Department of Biology, Xiamen University in 1953 and was granted Honorary Doctor’s Degree by Hong Kong Baptist University in 2002. Academician Peigen Xiao is a world famous pharmaceutical botanist and ethnopharmacologist and a major founder and academic leader of China’s pharmaceutical botany. He’s honored “walking dictionary of Chinese herbal medicine” and “Contemporary Li Shizhen the Master of Herbs”. He used to serve as Advisor for WHO Traditional Medicine, Director of WHO Collaborating Center and Chairman of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology; he’s now Honorary Head of CAMS Institute of Medicinal Plant Development.

Academician Peigen Xiao has been devoted to the survey, sorting, development and utilization of TCM resources and paid attention to internationalization and modernization of TCM. After long-term field investigation and research, he established the discipline “Medicinal Plant Pharmacophylogeny” that integrates disciplines such as botanical system, chemical constituent, traditional curative effect, pharmacological action and computer technology, aimed at guiding the development and utilization of resources of medicinal plants and researches for finding new medicinal herb resources, thus making an original scientific research finding that features China’s independent intellectual property. During his research, Academician Xiao found a new plant species—the dichocarpum sutchuenense, and found 32 new species of medicinal plants and 11 new varieties, making him a researcher who has found the largest number of new species of medicinal plants so far. In early 1980s, Xiao took charge of founding CAMS Institute of Medicinal Plant Development and served as the first director. In the earlier stage of the institute, Xiao proposed a Three-level Development Strategy focused on raw material, pharmaceutical preparation and new drug based on production practices, achieving evident social and economic benefits and laying theoretical foundation for China’s development and utilization of medicinal resources. Since the 1990s, Professor Xiao gradually switched his focus to building a national medicinal garden system and advocating the synergic development of medicinal plant resources with agriculture, farmer and rural area, “Development of Western China” and “One Belt and One Road Initiative”, and personally directed protection and development of medicinal plant resources in Guangxi and Ningxia. In recent years, he raised the idea of “Non-Camellia Tea” according to the change of human disease spectrum and based on China’s long-standing tea culture to launch new path of preventing and curing chronic metabolic disease and anti-ageing treatment by combining “adaptogen” and tonics.

Professor Peigen Xiao has had more than 900 papers published, edited or joined in authoring more than 30 monographs (volumes). His masterpieces include: Chinese Materia Medica (Four Volumes), Modern Chinese Materia Medica (Four Volumes), Catalogue of Chinese Materia Medica (12 Volumes), Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants (Four Volumes), Colored Catalogue of Chinese Medicinal Plants and Xinhua Materia Medica Outline. He won three state-level achievement awards and more than 10 achievement awards at province and ministerial levels, and supervised 98 doctors and masters. In 1988 he’s entitled “National Middle-aged and Young Expert of Outstanding Contribution”; in Sept. 1994 he’s elected to be Chairman of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology; in Dec. 1994 he was listed among the first group of academicians in the Department of Medical Engineering in the Chinese Academy of Engineering; in 2002 he was awarded the title “National Outstanding Professional and Technical Talent”.