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B6020

Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica: Crude and Prepared

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By Kun-Ying Yen.

Yen, an eminent Chinese pharmacologist has developed an intelligent, practical and well-designed presentation of 240 herbs and 350 formulas.

The feature one notices immediately is the full colour photographs of the herbs. Rather than illustrations of living plants, this text shows the herbs as they appear in a Chinese pharmacy. Shown both whole and cut, the substances can thus be learned visually.

For each substance there is a concise selection of technical information. Each herb name is given in Chinese, Pinyin, pharmaceutical Latin, and Japanese transcription. Information concerning origin includes the botanic family, the zoological, botanical, or mineralogical entity or entities from which the substance derives, the areas of harvesting or cultivation, and the instructions for recognizing the highest quality herbs.

Medical information concerning each substance includes nature, sapor, toxicity, channel entry, function, and indications. There is also information provided about the changes that are brought about when the substance is steamed, stir-fried, etc.

Daily dose, contraindications, and notes concerning pharmacologic qualities and similar agents are also provided.

The 350 formulas described are based on the constituent substances presented in the text. Dosage and the major application of each formula are presented in a compact, cross-referenced format. Preparation instructions, function, and indications are listed. There is a numeric cross reference between herbs in each formula and the individual herb discussions, making it easy to see which indications are related to which specific herbs and how the herbs may be varied in relation to a patient's condition.

This is a solid, practical text that has been broadly used in both China and Japan. It provides the herbalist an opportunity to study an accurate body of knowledge that is central to learning.

Hardcover, 383 pgs

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