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562 pages, 8 1/2" x 11"
18 illustrations
ISBN: 0-93961610-6


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Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies
Compiled & translated by Dan Bensky & Randall Barolet

The companion volume to Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, this book of Chinese medicinal formulas in English serves as both a textbook for students and a major reference source for practitioners. Included are nearly 600 Chinese medicinal formulas arranged in 18 functional categories.

For each of the 250-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. Commentary explains different interpretations of the formulas, compares them with related formulas, and discusses their application in treating biomedically-defined disorders. Almost 350 variations and associated formulas offer additional options for the practitioner in the clinic. An informative introduction traces the historical evolution of the formulas, and provides practical pointers for their preparation and use.

"Exquisitely executed and researched . . . Superb compilation . . . Highly recommended."
American Journal of Acupuncture

"Deservedly occupies a position with which all other books on Chinese herbal formulas will be measured. No serious student or practitioner could possibly be without this contemporary classic."
The Journal of Chinese Medicine

"Far and away the most comprehensive English language treatment on TCM formulas. An important, essential work."
Foster's Botanical & Herb Reviews

"There is nothing to compare with it . . . Buy it."
The Pacific Journal of Oriental Medicine


  • Introduction to the history and practice of Chinese herbal medicine
  • Nearly 600 medicinal formulas arranged in 18 functional categories
  • Therapeutic indications (both TCM & biomedical), methods of preparation, analysis of ingredients and their interactions, commentary
  • Comparative tables of formulas
  • Cross references to prepared (patent) medicines, pinyin, and Japanese names
  • Bibliography and index
  • Supplemental Resource Guide to Prepared Medicines
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