A Materia Medica for Chinese Medicine: plants, minerals and by Carl-Herman Hempen

By Carl-Herman Hempen

Phytotherapy or natural medication is an important treatment inside chinese language medication and is getting used more and more within the West.  A Materia Medica for chinese language medication: crops, minerals and animal items describes four hundred of an important vegetation, minerals and animal components used as remedies via chinese language clinical practitioners.  The goods integrated were chosen in line with their measure of scientific relevance. each one therapy is obviously defined and illustrated on dealing with pages, making this an simply available reference for either scholars and practitioners of chinese language natural medicine.  The truly laid out textual content offers the next information for every herb or substance incorporated: a close description of the attribute gains indictions for secure use medicinal and poisonous results attainable combos with different components full-colour illustrations, mostly for every substance, displaying the particular characterisitcs of the article defined A Materia Medica for chinese language drugs has been written via medically informed medical professionals who've labored as TCM therapists focusing on using chinese language herbs for greater than 30 years.  in accordance with their decades of educating and perform, the e-book has been conscientiously compiled and designed to supply a concise and exact practice-based reference for either scholars and practitioners.

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24 • Heat: nasal congestion, headache ➔ Xanthii fructus (cang er zi) p. 376, Gypsum (shi gao) p. 130, Menthae herba (bo he) p. 60, Scutellariae radix (huang qin) p. 184 • Frontal sinusitis ➔ Xanthii fructus (cang er zi) p. 376, Chrysanthemi flos (ju hua) p. 52, Siegesbeckiae herba (xi xian cao) p. 370 Compatibility • Enhanced by Chuanxiong rhizoma (chuan xiong) p. 530 • Impaired by Trogopterori faeces (wu ling zhi) p. 578, Gypsum (shi gao) p. 130 • Limited by Acori calami rhizoma (shui chang pu) p.

292, Cynanchi stauntonii radix (bai qian) p. 628 • Limited by Magnoliae flos (xin yi) p. 34, Pyrrosiae folium (shi wei) p. 336 Contraindications hypertension; depletion presentations with a tendency to sweat easily and to wheeze Pregnancy use with caution during pregnancy 31 I Ligustici sinensis radix Gao ben Family: Standard species: Variation: German: English: Apiaceae Ligusticum sinense, L. jeholense Ligustici sinensis rhizoma et radix chinesischer Liebstöckel-Wurzelstock Chinese lovage root, ligusticum root Temperature  warm Taste   pungent aromatic Organ relationship  Bladder Signal herb Bladder channel Direction of action  lifting Site of action Head and eyes, nose Actions/Indications  Expels wind Headache, neck pain, pain radiating from the vertex to the upper jaw, back pain due to wind-cold  Relieves pain Headache, pain radiating from the vertex to the upper jaw and teeth, pelvic pain, pain in the genitals, back pain  Releases the exterior Chills, fever, no sweating, nasal congestion, headache  Expels cold Headache, neck pain, pelvic pain, chills, fever  Drains dampness Nasal congestion, pelvic swellings, vaginal discharge  Moves qi Headache, stuffy nose, generalized body pain  Moves blood Headache, neck pain, back pain Physiological/pharmacological effects antibiotic (influenza, skin fungal infections); antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, the volatile oils have an inhibitory effect on the smooth muscle of the intestines and uterus.

200 • Mumps ➔ Isatidis radix (ban lan gen) p. 210, Forsythiae fructus (lian qiao) p. 200, Chrysanthemi flos (ju hua) p. 52 • Sore throat, painful swelling of the throat ➔ Schizonepetae herba (jing jie) p. 44 Contraindications Spleen qi deficiency with diarrhoea; open sores; do not use if breastfeeding, may inhibit lactation Pregnancy use is allowed 49 I Bupleuri radix Chai hu Family: Standard species: German: English: Apiaceae Bupleurum chinense, B. scorzoneri folium chinesische Hasenohrwurzel bupleurum, hare’s ear root, thorowax root, ‘kindling of the barbarians’ Temperature  cold tendency Taste   bitter, pungent aromatic Organ relationship     Liver Gall bladder Pericardium Triple Burner Signal herb Liver, Pericardium, Gall bladder and Triple Burner channels Direction of action  lifts the Liver qi Site of action Channels, ear, upper burner Actions/Indications  Releases the exterior Alternating chills and fever, bitter taste in the mouth  Moves and regulates qi Fullness in the Liver; dizziness, giddiness, pain in the breast and flanks, emotionally labile, menstrual disorders, hot flashes, tinnitus  Raises qi Spleen and Stomach qi: collapse of the qi of the middle burner, haemorrhoids, anal prolapse, uterine prolapse, fatigue  Raises the yang Tiredness, fatigue, prolapses  Dispels wind-heat Febrile diseases, chills, bitter taste in the mouth  Drains damp-heat Hepatitis, cholecystitis, cholangitis, gastritis Physiological/pharmacological effects contains saponins, which have been found to be antipyretic, relieve oedema and have anti-inflammatory properties.

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