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Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, Third EditionChinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, Third Edition
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by Dan Bensky, Steven Clavey, Erich Stoger, Andrew Gamble

The new 3rd edition of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica is designed to give practitioners the information they need to practice Chinese herbal medicine with greater understanding and confidence. It provides a wealth of new information -– more than twice the content of the previous edition -- and practical insight into more than 530 of the most commonly used herbs in the Chinese pharmacopoeia.

Drawing from a wide range of sources, both classical and modern, this edition provides unparalleled perspective and detail that goes far beyond what is available elsewhere to the Western practitioner. Among its many features:

Herbs are grouped in chapters by function, with expanded summaries and tables for contrast and comparison. Each herb is identified by its pharmaceutical, pinyin, botanical, and family names, as well as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English common names.

Key characteristics are provided at the beginning of each entry, along with dosage, properties, channels entered, and relevant cautions and contraindications. This provides a quick overview of essential information.

Actions and indications are integrated with important combinations that illustrate the range of an herb´s functions, with references to appropriate formulas. This presents a more three-dimensional picture of how each herb is actually used.

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Managing Your Emotional Health Using Traditional Chinese MedicineManaging Your Emotional Health Using Traditional Chinese Medicine:
How Herbs, Natural Foods, and Acupressure Can Regulate and Harmonize Your Mind
By Zhang Yifang

Learn how to nourish your body and relax your mind with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM takes a holistic approach to managing emotions, improving quality of life, and preventing illness through use of herbs, natural foods, and acupressure. In each chapter you'll find a case story describing a particular problem, followed by a simple analysis, and concluding with advice on treatment using natural remedies. With its straightforward approach, the book is practical and easy to follow, even for TCM novices, as they learn about key concepts such as yin and yang and the Five Elements. Emotional changes are normal for everyone, and this book provides a lifeline for readers as they deal with the instability caused by the hectic modern world. Take this important first step, and learn about how the ancient and proven science of TCM can help you treat and prevent emotion imbalances, bringing more enjoyment to your life!


Chinese Herbal Patent MedicinesChinese Herbal Patent Medicines: The Clinical Desk Reference
By Dr. Jake Fratkin

Hardback book, 1198 pages. This volume covers 1360 products, including 550 GMP level products and all of California FDB analysis on 505 products. Includes information on endagered animals, heavy metals, and pharmaceuticals. The text is organized into 12 groups, with a total of 109 chapters and includes material by Andrew Ellis, Subhuti Dharmananda, and Richard Ko. Over 80 pages of full-color photos (with English and Chinese cross-reference). Fully indexed.


AAOM Complete Guide to Chinese Herbal MedicineAAOM Complete Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine
by David Molony

The author presents a basic introduction to Chinese herbal medicine, along with discussions of its history and philosophy.
Included is information on over 170 Chinese herbs and their usage, common illnesses, general disorders, and chronic conditions that are treatable with Chinese herbs and formulas, and a glossary of common terms.


Clinical Manual of Chinese Herbal Medicine and AcupunctureClinical Manual of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture
by Xong Jing Zhou, Jin Hui De

Some 200 diseases, spanning such TCM specialities as internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology and otorhinolaryngology, are discussed relative to their etiology and pathogenesis according to TCM, with emphasis on key points in diagnosis, differentiation of syndrome and treatment.
Each disease is detailed according to treatment based on differntiation of syndromes, patent Chinese medicine, common herbal formulas, acupuncture and moxibustion and other therapies.


Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and StrategiesChinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies
by Dan Bensky, Randall Barolet

This compilation of the most important Chinese herbal formulas used in China today is ordered by the primary theoretical principal that describes their use.
In each category the authors present the essential strategies and fine clinical details for principal formulas, numbering some 250. For each of the principal formulas there are one or more variant formulas that result from modifications of content or dosage.
The indications that cue the practitioner to the use of a variant formula or associated formula are described. For both the principal and varied formulas the text lists the name in English, Chinese, and Pinyin, as well as the source text.

Principal formula discussions also include ingredients, preparation, actions, indications, analysis of the formula, commentary, cautions and contraindications, and modifications. The ingredient sections detail the constituent substances and the dose. The preparation discussions note any change from the standard procedures detailed in the Introduction. Actions describe the strategies embodied by the formula, to create a functional link between the clinical indications and the ingredients. The indications include discussions of how a patient develops the problems treated by the formula. A formula analysis details the relationship between the ingredients and the functions. The authors provide information meant to show the formula’s flexibility and range of application. Each chapter ends in a set of useful and complete tables that differentiate the formulas discussed. A variety of appendices extend the utility of the text.


Chinese Herbal Medicines Comparisons and CharacteristicsChinese Herbal Medicines Comparisons and Characteristics
by Yifan Yang

This text features detailed comparisons and discussions of Chinese herbs, including clinical applications. It is structured as a series of questions with detailed answers. Part 1 addresses the theory and concepts of Chinese herbal medicine; part 2 conveys cmparisons of the characteristics of commonly used Chinese herbal medicine.

It is a challenge to learn and retain information about the characteristics of the hundreds of commonly used Chinese herbs, as well as to select the best herbs for use in treating patients. This book brings to life, through vivid and clear discussion, the characteristics of the commonly used Chinese herbs. The easy-to-use question and answer format offers a method for learning and memorizing the functions of herbs through comparing the characteristics and strengths of specific herbs. The detailed discussions in this book enable experienced practitioners to achieve better quality and results, and the clinical applications feature can be used in practice to expand the treatment range.


Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine 1: Diagnosis & TreatmentChinese Traditional Herbal Medicine 1: Diagnosis & Treatment
by Michael Tierra, Leslie Tierra

The authors, both recognized Western herbalists, draw from their personal, professional, and clinical backgrounds, and from a variety of English-language source books, to contribute a work that will make Chinese medicine approachable for many.
The text provides an uncomplicated presentation of the theory, principles, diagnostic methods, and treatment modalities that form the basis of the practice of Chinese medicine.


Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine 2: Materia Medica Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine 2: Materia Medica
by Michael Tierra, Leslie Tierra

Drawing once again from their personal professional practice and from a number of English-language source books, the authors have produced a second volume that is a practical manual which includes a materia medica of the most common TCM herbs, a formulary that categorizes traditional formulas into three levels of usage, and a section on the treatment of common diseases according to Western pathological classification.
There are also chapters on Chinese food therapy and other healing therapies that are traditionally part of the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.
This text is likely to be of interest to those who are beginning their study of Chinese medicine, and to healers who are beginning to explore the possibilities inherent in the Chinese medicine approach to healing.


Weiss' Herbal Medicine, Classic EditionWeiss' Herbal Medicine, Classic Edition
by Rudolph Weiss

This is the classic edition of the book that has established itself as an indispensable resource, widely acknowledged as a key text in the field of medical herbalism or phytotherapy. The introductory chapters examine the nature of phytotherapy and provide the necessary guidelines for prescribing. The largest portion of the book is a presentation of pathoconditions arranged according to organ systems (e.g., digestive, circulatory, respiratory, etc.).
Separate chapters cover acute conditions (colds and flu), rheumatic conditions, metabolic disorders, cancer therapies, and treatment for wounds. The plants that Weiss selects for a particular condition are limited to those he has found most highly effective. The information includes occurrence and botanical features, differentiation from related species, constituents, and medical benefits. The information on treatment therapy includes dosage, applications, and precautions. In all, over 2000 plant substances are presented in context, providing optimal clinical presentation.


Incorporating Herbal Medicine Into Clinical PracticeIncorporating Herbal Medicine Into Clinical Practice
by Angela Bascom

Designed and written specifically for the Western MD who wants to stay abreast of patient trends and at the same time have a ready reference source for herbs that can be used safely and with scientific support for their actions and effects, this text details the historical uses, growth, parts used, major chemical compounds, clinical uses, mechanism of biomedical action, dosage, side effects, contraindications, herb-drug interactions, summary of studies and references for each of 50 herbs. A patient information summary for each herb includes much of the same information with the references and more technical terms deleted, and with the addition of recipes that may be concocted or prepared for consumption or topical use.

A great utility of this text lies in the fact that the source materials and references information is provided in tandem with the information for each herb. In this fashion, the reader who desires more than the summary provided can know where to look for original studies or more in-depth discussions.


Chinese Herbal FormulasChinese Herbal Formulas:
Treatment Principles and Composition Strategies

Traditionally the study of Chinese herbal formulas has involved memorizing hundreds of classic formulas, and recognizing and summarizing the relevant treatment rules and formula-making strategies in order to create appropriate formulas for treatment. This new book by Yifan Yang, author of "Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics" (which pioneered the comparative method of single herb study), introduces a new approach to formula study. The reader is shown how to use the basic treatment rules and composition strategies, abstracted from hundreds of formulas, in order to create individual formulas for treating a variety of syndromes. The method is clear and easy to understand, with a systematic approach and an emphasis on essential knowledge. In this title, 19 common syndromes and 60 sub-syndromes are described and discussed in detail, illustrated with clear line drawings. Chinese diagnosis of syndromes are related to the Western disease names. Treatment principles and plans are given for each syndrome. Principles of herb selection are introduced with recommendations and explanations of specific herbs in relation to each syndrome. 166 classic formulas are given as examples. Treatment strategies in complicated syndromes, treatment sequences, cautionary advice for herbs and combinations with Western drugs, dosage management in a variety of conditions and commonly used pairs of herbs are all discussed. Detailed indexes and contents lists facilitate quick reference and searching within the text.


Principles and Practice of PhytotherapyPrinciples and Practice of Phytotherapy
by Simon Mills, Kerry Bone

In setting forth a detailed, practical, and research-based approach to the use of herbal treatments, the authors commence with a review of a variety of herbal therapeutic systems through the ages and around the world. They detail the principles of herbal pharmacology—the phytochemistry, and pharmacodynamics of the archetypal plant constitutents. They describe and discuss the principles of traditional herbal treatment, grounded in the individualization of the patient, and contrast it with the tendency of modern technological medicine to view herbs solely as milder versions of modern drugs. They propose that the industry and profession consider adopting an integrated, moderate-cost, but rigorous and validatable research program that reflects the special character and fundamental principles of the herbal tradition. They attend to practical considerations including optimal safety, dosage and dosage forms, then present a systematic approach to herbal prescribing, and detail herbal therapies for a wide range of system dysfunctions. Following these practical clinical guides, 44 selections from the herbal materia medica are reviewed at length. The coverage includes synonyms (English, Latin, German, French, Italian, and Danish), brief historical detail, effects, traditional perspectives, summary actions derived from the chemical constituents, indications supported by clinical trials, traditional therapeutic uses, extrapolations from phamacological studies, preparations, dosage, duration of use, summary assessment of safety rating, technical data including botany, constituents (including molecular sketch), pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, clinical trials, toxicology, contraindications, interactions, and current regulatory status in a variety of countries. This is a full and wide-ranging text that draws on the practical talents of two articulate and distinguished clinicians who have drawn from their knowledge base in Western scientific medicine as well as in herbal medicine to further an approach that respects and fosters the ideals and traditions of herbal therapy while providing it the support of modern scientific methods