Dictionary of the Ben Cao Gang Mu, Volume 1: Chinese Historical Illness Terminology
The Ben cao gang mu, compiled in the second half of the sixteenth century by a team led by the physician Li Shizhen (1518Ð1593) on the basis of previously published books and contemporary knowledge, is the largest encyclopedia of natural history in a long tradition of Chinese materia medica works. Its description of almost 1,900 pharmaceutically used natural and man-made substances marks the apex of the development of premodern Chinese pharmaceutical knowledge. The Ben cao gang mu dictionary offers access to this impressive work of 1,600,000 characters. This first book in a three-volume series analyzes the meaning of 4,500 historical illness terms.
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The Structure of the Entries of this Dictionary
Book Titles Referred to and Quoted in the Dictionary
Pharmaceutical Substances Referred to in the Dictionary
abdomen ailment attachment-illness Bai bing zhu BCGM Bai bing BCGM SE bian bing zhu Zhiyao BJSE blockage blood body caused by cold chuang cinnabar controls cough counterflow decoction demon depletion depots discharge disease distension epilepsy evil heat exhaustion eyes feng festering fistula fºr four limbs free-flux illness fright gan-illness harm caused heart heart-pressure heat Hiſ impediment-illness ingest intestine itching JGYL jing kidney Li Shizhen liquid malaria malign moisture MYBL obstruction-illness ºff ºft outflow pain papules patient PC CD PC identical phlegm pills poison powder Q/YF QJYF quotes Recipe to cure resulting ſã scrofula shang shui ſil SJZL skin ſº ſºft sores spleen ſqil stomach swelling throat tong TPSHF urine vessels vexation vomiting wind xian xiang xiao xuan xuan-illness ZBYHL zhang zhong zhu Zhi