An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica by Jing-Nuan WuAn Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica by Jing-Nuan Wu

An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica

byJing-Nuan Wu

Hardcover | April 8, 2005

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One of the cornerstones of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), herbal medicine has evolved over centuries of clinical practice and empirical results into a vast body of knowledge encompassing more than 6,000 substances, most of whose effects and uses have been documented and researched. Theliterature on Chinese medicinal herbs is unparalleled and unsurpassed in the world's medical knowledge; the earliest known pharmacological work was composed before the end of the third century B.C. The first classical Chinese materia medica appeared during the late Han dynasty (25-22- A.D.) andincluded 365 entries of botanical, zoological, and mineral substances, listing their properties and effects. Subsequent materia medica were assembled during virtually every dynasty from the Liang (456-536 A.D.) to the Qing (1645-1911). Among the major treatments published during these centuries wasthe 30-volume Materia Medica Arranged According to Pattern, which had 1558 entries, more than 3,000 formulae, and became the official pharmacopoeia of herbal medicine in China for 500 years. n Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica brings to the English language a lavishly illustrated atlas of the 320 herbs used most frequently in traditional Chinese medical practice. Each substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that provide pharmaceutical, botanical and English names; flavorproperties and channel tropisms; functions; clinical uses and major combinations; dosage and administration; and precautions. Intended for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists as well as practitioners of homeopathic and alternative medicines, this materia medica offers a unique blend ofauthenticity that is derived from knowledge of classical Chinese literature with a clearly practical objective of persenting valuable information in a straightforward, easily comprehensible style.
Jing-Nuan Wu is at Clinician, Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Title:An Illustrated Chinese Materia MedicaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:716 pages, 7.4 × 10.2 × 1.69 inPublished:April 8, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195140176

ISBN - 13:9780195140170


Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Herbs with Illustrations3. Appendix with Additional Herbs4. Selected Bibliography5. Glossary6. Latin (Pharmaceutical) Name Index7. English Name Index

Editorial Reviews

"This is an extraordinary illustrated collection of Chinese herbs accompanied by concise and expert comments. Jing-Nuan Wu has succeeded in compiling this most unique and informative book." Koji Nakanishi, Columbia University