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Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica (3rd
Dan Bensky, Steve Clavey, Erich Stöger with
Illustrations adapted by Lilian Lai Bensky
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
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.
Expanded commentary offers in-depth analysis and places each herb in
its clinical context through rich historical references. The
mechanisms of action underlying important combinations, and
comparisons with similar herbs, provide a broader context for
understanding how the herb can be used with optimal effect.
A section devoted to
nomenclature and preparation describes the most important methods of
processing and preparing each herb, and the advantages of each method.
It also provides information about other commonly-used names and
Safety is an important
focus of this edition, with an emphasis on proper herb identification.
Issues concerning standardized products, desirable qualities,
variants, and adulterants are explained for each herb. There is also
extensive information on toxicity, as well as chemical constituents.
The utility of this book
is enhanced by its wide range of appendices, among which are color
photographs comparing the standard and adulterant forms of over 20
common herbs; tables of herbs that are indicated for specific
pathologies of the five yin organs; and extensive cross references of
the herbs by taxonomy, pinyin, pharmaceutical name, and other
East Asian languages. There are also comprehensive indices of both
herbs and formulas, as well as a general index.
"The new 3rd edition of Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica
raises the bar on the practice of herbal medicine in the West. Its
commentaries on individual herbs and their combinations provide a wealth
of practical information previously unavailable in English. The book is
not just informative, it's fun to read."
Charles Chace, L.Ac.
"[The 3rd edition] sets a new standard of excellence for Chinese
herbals. The level of scholarship in this book is a reminder of
what is possible through a combination of intellect, integrity, and hard
work. A 'must' for the clinic and the classroom."
Craig Mitchell, L.Ac.
C O N T E N T S
- Herbs that Release the
- Herbs that Clear Heat
- Downward-Draining Herbs
- Herbs that Drain Dampness
- Herbs that Dispel
- Herbs that Transform Phlegm
and Stop Coughing
- Aromatic Herbs that
- Herbs that Relieve Food
- Herbs that Regulate the Qi
- Herbs that Regulate the
- Herbs that Warm the
Interior and Expel Cold
- Tonifying Herbs
- Herbs that Stabilize and
- Substances that Calm the
- Aromatic Substances that
Open the Orifices
- Substances that Extinguish
Wind and Stop Tremors
- Herbs that Expel Parasites
- Substances for Topical
- Obsolete Substances
- Table 1 Herbs Associated
with Pathologies of the Five Yin Organs
- Table 2 Summary Table of
Herb Actions and Indications
- Appendix 1 Guide to
- Appendix 2 Table of Chinese
- Appendix 3 Glossary
- Appendix 4 Sample
Photographs: Adulterants & Quality Issues
- Appendix 5 Table of Authors
- Appendix 6 Historical and
Source Text Bibliography
- Appendix 7 Translators’
- Appendix 8 Cross Reference
of Pharmaceutical Names with Previous Edition
- Herb and formula index
- Korean-pharmaceutical cross
- Botanical, zoological, and
- General index