By Will Maclean.
The third edition (October 2016) of the Clinical Manual of Chinese Herbal Medicines describes the actions, indications, dosages and potential combinations of over 330 medicines. Since the first edition, published in 2000, the number of medicines available in the marketplace has expanded considerably. New companies have entered the market, and some previously available medicines have disappeared. Patent medicines are, for many practitioners, the cornerstone of herbal medicine practice. The author believes that patent medicines, carefully and correctly applied, can be as effective as raw herb decoctions for many common conditions. In addition they have numerous advantages, not the least of which are improved compliance, relatively low cost to the patient, and a high degree of quality control.
- 350 medicines discussed from a clinical point of view, with color pictures.
- 75 pages of indices to make finding the correct medicine easy.
- Graphic representations of the correct pattern identifying features for each medicine.
- Extensive glossary of Chinese medicine terminology.
- Concise functions of all herbs.
- Table of possible herb-drug interactions.
- Comparisons between similar medicines.
- Only patent medicines free from contaminants and endangered animal species included.
Softcover, 698 pgs