A Materia Medica for Chinese Medicine: Plants, Minerals, and Animal Products

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Elsevier Health Sciences, 2009 - Medical - 1007 pages
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Phytotherapy or herbal medicine is the most important therapy within Chinese medicine and is being used increasingly in the West.  A Materia Medica for Chinese Medicine: plants, minerals and animal products describes 400 of the most important plants, minerals and animal substances used as treatments by Chinese medical practitioners.  The items included have been selected according to their degree of clinical relevance.

Each remedy is clearly described and illustrated on two facing pages, making this an easily accessible reference for both students and practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine.  The clearly laid out text presents the following details for each herb or substance included:

  • a detailed description of the characteristic features
  • indictions for safe use
  • medicinal and toxic effects
  • possible combinations with other substances
  • full-colour illustrations, generally two for each substance, showing the detailed characterisitcs of the item described

A Materia Medica for Chinese Medicine has been written by two medically trained doctors who have worked as TCM therapists specializing in the use of Chinese herbs for more than 30 years.  Based on their many years of teaching and practice, the book has been carefully compiled and designed to provide a concise and accurate practice-based reference for both students and practitioners.

 

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Contents

Herbs that stop vomiting
74
Herbs that purge and drain
84
Herbs that cool heat
110
Aromatic herbs that open the orifices
264
Aromatic herbs that transform dampness
276
Herbs that drain and transform dampness
296
Herbs that dispel winddampness
344
Herbs that warm the interior and expel cold
381
Tonifying herbs
695
Herbs that stabilize and bind
816
Herbs that expel parasites
856
Substances for external use
874
Treatment guidelines according to the main patterns of disharmony
888
How to prepare herbs
912
Quality proof of herbal drugs from Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM drugs
917
General index
950

Substances that calm the spirit
413
Herbs that regulate the qi
466
Herbs that regulate the blood
514
Herbs that transform phlegm and stop coughing
618
Herbs that promote digestion
680
Latin herb names
971
Pinyin herb names
983
Plant parts containing active ingredients
993
Chinese herb names
1005
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