An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica

An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica

eBook - 2005
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Wu (deceased; he founded two herbal companies, and the Taoist Health Institute, among other activities) created meticulous colored drawings of 320 herbs and substances for this beautifully realized atlas. The drawings are reproduced in full-page color plates of excellent quality, with information about the plant on the facing page. Each entry provides the name of the plant in Chinese, its pharmaceutical name in Latin and common name in English, followed by a description of the part used; its flavor, property, and channel tropism; functions; clinical use and major combinations; dosage and administration; and precautions. An introduction describes the history and application of traditional Chinese medicine. Two indexes list the plant names in Latin and English; diseases are not indexed. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica brings to the English language a lavishly illustrated atlas of the 320 herbs used most frequently in traditional Chinese medical practice. Each substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that provide pharmaceutical, botanical, and English names; flavor properties and channel tropisms; functions; clinical uses and major combinations; dosage and administration; and precautions. Intended for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists as well as practitioners of homeopathic and alternative medicines, this materia medica offers a unique blend of authenticity that is derived from knowledge of classic Chinese literature with a clearly practical objective of presenting valuable information in a straightforward, easily comprehensible style.

Oxford University Press
One of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), herbal medicine has evolved over centuries of clinical practice and empirical results into a vast body of knowledge encompassing more than 6,000 substances, most of whose effects and uses have been documented and researched. The literature on Chinese medicinal herbs is unparalleled and unsurpassed in the world's medical knowledge; the earliest known pharmacological work was composed before the end of the third century B.C. The first classical Chinese materia medica appeared during the late Han dynasty (25-22- A.D.) and included 365 entries of botanical, zoological, and mineral substances, listing their properties and effects. Subsequent materia medica were assembled during virtually every dynasty from the Liang (456-536 A.D.) to the Qing (1645-1911). Among the major treatments published during these centuries was the 30-volume Materia Medica Arranged According to Pattern, which had 1558 entries, more than 3,000 formulae, and became the official pharmacopoeia of herbal medicine in China for 500 years.

n Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica brings to the English language a lavishly illustrated atlas of the 320 herbs used most frequently in traditional Chinese medical practice. Each substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that provide pharmaceutical, botanical and English names; flavor properties and channel tropisms; functions; clinical uses and major combinations; dosage and administration; and precautions. Intended for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists as well as practitioners of homeopathic and alternative medicines, this materia medica offers a unique blend of authenticity that is derived from knowledge of classical Chinese literature with a clearly practical objective of persenting valuable information in a straightforward, easily comprehensible style.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780195302530
0195302532
Characteristics: 706 p. : col. ill.

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