An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica by Jing-Nuan Wu

By Jing-Nuan Wu

One of many cornerstones of conventional chinese language drugs (TCM), natural medication has advanced over centuries of scientific perform and empirical effects right into a substantial physique of information encompassing greater than 6,000 ingredients, so much of whose results and makes use of were documented and researched. The literature on chinese language medicinal herbs is remarkable and unsurpassed within the world's clinical wisdom; the earliest recognized pharmacological paintings was once composed prior to the tip of the 3rd century B.C. the 1st classical chinese language materia medica seemed through the past due Han dynasty (25-22- A.D.) and incorporated 365 entries of botanical, zoological, and mineral ingredients, directory their houses and results. next materia medica have been assembled in the course of almost each dynasty from the Liang (456-536 A.D.) to the Qing (1645-1911). one of the significant remedies released in the course of those centuries was once the 30-volume Materia Medica prepared based on trend, which had 1558 entries, greater than 3,000 formulae, and have become the legit pharmacopoeia of natural drugs in China for 500 years. n Illustrated chinese language Materia Medica brings to the English language a lavishly illustrated atlas of the 320 herbs used most often in conventional chinese language clinical perform. each one substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that supply pharmaceutical, botanical and English names; style homes and channel tropisms; features; medical makes use of and significant mixtures; dosage and management; and precautions. meant for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists in addition to practitioners of homeopathic and substitute medications, this materia medica bargains a different mix of authenticity that's derived from wisdom of classical chinese language literature with a truly sensible target of persenting priceless info in an easy, simply understandable type.

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The dosage of a substance in decoction should be larger than that of a substance in pill or powder form. The dosage of a single-substance prescription is usually larger than that of the herb in a formula. The dosage of a substance as a primary substance in the formula is larger than that of an accessory one. The dosage of a substance for severe, acute, and stubborn problems is usually larger than that for mild and chronic conditions. The dosage for young and strong patients is large, while that for the aged, frail, and maternal patients or for children is smaller.

The dosage of a substance in decoction should be larger than that of a substance in pill or powder form. The dosage of a single-substance prescription is usually larger than that of the herb in a formula. The dosage of a substance as a primary substance in the formula is larger than that of an accessory one. The dosage of a substance for severe, acute, and stubborn problems is usually larger than that for mild and chronic conditions. The dosage for young and strong patients is large, while that for the aged, frail, and maternal patients or for children is smaller.

The dosage for children over six or under five is half, or a quarter, respectively, of the dosage for an adult. The dosage for infants should be even smaller. Traditional weights appearing in TCM classics are different from the weight system being used in modern China.  grams.  grams    Decoction (tang, literally “soup”) is the most common form in which traditional herbal medicine is taken in China. It is a preparation of boiling herbs with water or with a proper amount of other solvents, such as wine and vinegar.

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