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Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies (2nd Ed.)
The new 2nd edition of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies, the companion volume to Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, is designed to serve as both a textbook for students and an authoritative reference for practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine.
Included in the new edition are over 800 medicinal formulas drawn from both classical and modern sources, which provide more than twice the information in the earlier edition. For each of the 340-plus principal formulas there is a discussion of its therapeutic actions and indications, analysis of the functions and interactions of the ingredients, method of preparation, and a list of modifications to customize the formula in the clinic. Over 460 variations and associated formulas offer additional options for the practitioner.
The commentary to each formula has been considerably expanded. This section deepens the readerís understanding of a formulaís genealogy, presents an overview of controversies regarding composition, usage, and other issues, describes the extension of a formulaís application to a wider range of disorders, and provides key clinical pointers to facilitate use of the formula in the modern clinic.
A new section on comparisons has been added to this edition. This is intended to help students and practitioners focus on the distinguishing characteristics of each formula by contrasting it with other formulas that are similar in terms of composition or indication. Tables at the end of each chapter reinforce these distinctions by comparing and contrasting formulas across a wider range.
The introduction to the book traces the historical evolution of the formulas, and provides practical pointers for their preparation and use. Detailed timelines depict the key events, authors, and texts in the 2,000-year history of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, placing the contents of this book in historical context.
Among the appendices are a pinyin-to-English cross reference to the formulas, a basic summary formulary correlated to symptoms and disorders, a full listing of all books cited in the text, and a bibliography of all modern sources used in the preparation of the book. A comprehensive index to the formulas, and a general index, round out the contents.
REVIEWS"The new edition of Formulas & Strategies is that unique book that works well as a clinical manual, as well as a scholarly work. The explanations and commentaries are thought-provoking and engaging. Use it to choose a formula for a patient this week, or read it to deepen your understanding of a huge assortment of classical and modern formulas--it excels in both arenas."
Charles Winslow Chace, author, A Qin Bowei Anthology
"[T]he richer level of information in the new Formulas & Strategies . . . actually facilitates learning because it increases our engagement with the profound elegance of Chinese medicine, making it easier for us to build a deeper relationship with the formulas and the tradition as a whole. So Iím afraid that even if you have the first edition, I donít think you will regret shelling out for the upgrade. The new book is both indispensable and . . . awesome; throw out the old and allow the new to flourish."
Charlie Buck, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine Journal
CONTENTS Formulas that Release the Exterior
Formulas that Drain Downward
Formulas that Harmonize
Formulas that Clear Heat
Formulas that Dispel Summerheat
Formulas that Warm Interior Cold
Formulas that Release Exterior-Interior Excess
Formulas that Tonify
Formulas that Stabilize and Bind
Formulas that Calm the Spirit
Formulas that Open the Sensory Orfices
Formulas that Regulate the Qi
Formulas that Regulate the Blood
Formulas that Expel Wind
Formulas that Treat Dryness
Formulas that Expel Dampness
Formulas that Dispel Phlegm
Formulas that Reduce Food Stagnation
Formulas that Expel Parasites
Formulas that Treat Abscesses and Sores
Formulas for External Application
Guide to Pinyin Pronunciation
Pinyin-English Formula Cross Reference
List of Cited Sources
Bibliography of Modern Sources
Basic Formulary for Symptoms and Disorders
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