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An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica by Jing-Nuan Wu PDF

By Jing-Nuan Wu

ISBN-10: 0195140176

ISBN-13: 9780195140170

ISBN-10: 0195302532

ISBN-13: 9780195302530

One of many cornerstones of conventional chinese language drugs (TCM), natural drugs has advanced over centuries of scientific perform and empirical effects right into a monstrous physique of information encompassing greater than 6,000 ingredients, such a lot of whose results and makes use of were documented and researched. The literature on chinese language medicinal herbs is unheard of and unsurpassed within the world's clinical wisdom; the earliest identified pharmacological paintings used to be composed sooner than the top of the 3rd century B.C. the 1st classical chinese language materia medica seemed in the course of the overdue Han dynasty (25-22- A.D.) and integrated 365 entries of botanical, zoological, and mineral components, directory their houses and results. next materia medica have been assembled in the course of almost each dynasty from the Liang (456-536 A.D.) to the Qing (1645-1911). one of the significant remedies released in the course of those centuries used to be the 30-volume Materia Medica prepared based on development, which had 1558 entries, greater than 3,000 formulae, and have become the respectable pharmacopoeia of natural drugs in China for 500 years. n Illustrated chinese language Materia Medica brings to the English language a lavishly illustrated atlas of the 320 herbs used most often in conventional chinese language clinical perform. every one substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that supply pharmaceutical, botanical and English names; style houses and channel tropisms; features; medical makes use of and significant combos; dosage and management; and precautions. meant for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists in addition to practitioners of homeopathic and replacement drugs, this materia medica bargains a special mix of authenticity that's derived from wisdom of classical chinese language literature with a basically functional aim of persenting important details in a simple, simply understandable sort.

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Pills (wan) are made by combining the fine powder of pulverized medicinal substances with a viscous medium, usually with honey. The sizes of the pills vary, and usually are prescribed with some common edible substance such as mustard seeds and long yan fruit. Tonic formula is usually made into big “honey pills” (mi wan), while other formula may be made into smaller “water pills” (shui wan). From a functional perspective, pills are usually mild and slow in action. Another form of medicinal preparation is powder (san), a readily absorbable, convenient, and easily stored form.

Some toxic substances, such as Radix Aconiti Lateralis Preparata (Fu Zi), are decocted first to reduce side effects or toxicity. Added Later (Hou Xia) Some fragrant substances that contain volatile oils as active ingredients should be put in at the end of the decoction process and cooked for only about five minutes to prevent the loss of their volatile elements. These substances include Herba Menthae (Bo He), Amomi Fructus (Sha Ren), and some purgative substances such as Radix et Rhizoma Rhei (Da Huang), and Folium Sennae (Fan Xie Ye).

For disturbance of the Spleen and Stomach due to the accumulation of Dampness, with epigastric distension, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting, it is used with Rhizoma Atractylodis (Cang Zhu), Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis (Hou Po), and Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia) in “The Priceless Health Restoring Powder” (Bu Huan Jin Zhen Qi San). For invasion of Wind Cold or impairment of the internal organs from eating cold food during summer months with fever, aversion to cold, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea, it is used with Folium Perillae (Zi Su Ye), Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia), and Cortex Magnoliae Officinalis (Hou Po) in “The Powder of Agastache for Restoring Health” (Huo Xiang Zheng Qi San).

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