A Manual of Classic Formulas for Primary Care
404 pages, 6" x 9"
Smyth-sewn softcover
ISBN: 978-0-939616-99-2

A Manual of Classic Formulas for Primary Care

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A Manual of Classic Formulas for Primary Care is a practical distillation of the learning and clinical experience of Huang Huang, one of the pre-eminent proponents of the Classic Formula (jīng fāng) approach to herbal medicine in present-day China. These are based primarily on the formulas of Zhang Zhong-Jing.

The book is divided into two parts. In the first, forty-two important and foundational classic formulas are discussed with a focus on their composition, formula presentation, disease indications, patient characteristics, and other insights from Dr. Huang’s extensive experience. These commonly used classic formulas will enable practitioners to effectively deal with diseases that are seen in the modern primary care setting.

The second part discusses thirteen commonly seen biomedical disease categories and pairs them with key classic formulas that are used in their treatment. This material is derived from a wide variety of clinical reports as well as Dr. Huang’s own clinical experience. Case studies accompany each formula, revealing the rationale for the formula’s use.




Part One: Commonly-Used Classic Formulas

Part Two: Choosing Formulas by Disease

  • Common Cold and Influenza
  • Coughing and Wheezing
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Renal Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Bone and Joint Diseases
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Pediatric Diseases
  • Skin Diseases
  • Oral Mucosal Diseases




"A Manual of Classic Formulas for Primary Care is perfect for the practitioner looking for further support in applying Huang’s principles and techniques in clinical practice. This is because A Manual preserves the hallmarks of Huang’s style while presenting a more disease-centric approach to the material.

Regarding the translation, Eng, Even and Mitchell have done an admirable job. The book is readable and well-formatted, the terminology well-chosen and the phrasing clear and direct. The formatting and cover art are in accord with that of Ten Key Formula Families, providing a pleasing continuity to the canon of this important modern Chinese Medicine physician."

— Jonathan Hadas Edwards in Seeds from the World Tree