By Jing-Nuan Wu
One of many cornerstones of conventional chinese language drugs (TCM), natural medication has advanced over centuries of scientific perform and empirical effects right into a sizeable physique of information encompassing greater than 6,000 elements, so much of whose results and makes use of were documented and researched. The literature on chinese language medicinal herbs is remarkable and unsurpassed within the world's clinical wisdom; the earliest identified pharmacological paintings used to be composed sooner than the top of the 3rd century B.C. the 1st classical chinese language materia medica seemed in the course of the past due Han dynasty (25-22- A.D.) and integrated 365 entries of botanical, zoological, and mineral ingredients, directory their houses and results. next materia medica have been assembled in the course of nearly each dynasty from the Liang (456-536 A.D.) to the Qing (1645-1911). one of the significant remedies released in the course of those centuries was once the 30-volume Materia Medica prepared in accordance with trend, which had 1558 entries, greater than 3,000 formulae, and have become the authentic pharmacopoeia of natural drugs in China for 500 years. n Illustrated chinese language Materia Medica brings to the English language a lavishly illustrated atlas of the 320 herbs used most often in conventional chinese language scientific perform. every one substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that supply pharmaceutical, botanical and English names; taste houses and channel tropisms; services; medical makes use of and significant mixtures; dosage and management; and precautions. meant for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists in addition to practitioners of homeopathic and replacement medications, this materia medica bargains a special combination of authenticity that's derived from wisdom of classical chinese language literature with a essentially sensible target of persenting necessary details in an easy, simply understandable sort.
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Ktze. (Fam. Labiatae). The former species is produced chieﬂy in Guangdong province, whereas the latter is produced in most provinces in China. It is collected in summer and autumn, and dried in sunlight or shade. The herb is used fresh or unprepared. , , Pungent in ﬂavor, slightly warm in property, acts on the Spleen, Stomach, and Lung channels. Resolves Dampness, relieves Summer Heat, alleviates vomiting. For disturbance of the Spleen and Stomach due to the accumulation of Dampness, with epigastric distension, anorexia, nausea, and vomiting, it is used with Rhizoma Atractylodis (Cang Zhu), Cortex Magnoliae Oﬃcinalis (Hou Po), and Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia) in “The Priceless Health Restoring Powder” (Bu Huan Jin Zhen Qi San).
Ancient medical literature summarized the incompatibility into two lists called the Eighteen Incompatible Medications (Shi Ba Fan) and the Nineteen Medications of Mutual Antagonism (Shi Jiu Wei). Modern research has shown that some of these are incorrect. Eighteen Incompatible Medications (Shi Ba Fan) • Radix Glycyrrhizae (Gan Cao) is incompatible with Radix Kansui (Gan Sui) Radix Knoxiae (Da Ji) Sargassum (Hai Zao) Flos Genkwa (Yuan Hua) • Radix Aconiti (Wu Tou) is incompatible with Bulbus Fritillariae Cirrhosae (Bei Mu) Fructus Trichosanthis (Gua Lou) Rhizoma Pinelliae (Ban Xia) Radix Ampelopsis (Bai Lian) Rhizoma Bletillae (Bai Ji) Radix Veratri (Li Lu) Radix Ginseng (Ren Shen) Radix Adenophorae seu Glehniae (Sha Shen) Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae (Dan Shen) Radix Scrophulariae (Xuan Shen) Herba Asari ( Xi Xin) Radix Paeoniae Lactiﬂorae (Bai Shao) Nineteen Medications of Mutual Antagonism • Sulfur (Liu Huang) antagonizes Sal Glauberis (Pu Xiao) • Hydrargyrum (Shui Yin) antagonizes Arsenicum (Pi Shuang) • Radix Euphorbiae Fischerianae (Lang Du) antagonizes Lithargyrum (Mi Tuo Seng) • Fructus Crotonis (Ba Dou) antagonizes Semen Pharbitidis (Qian Niu Zi) • Flos Caryophylli (Ding Xiang) antagonizes Radix Curcumae (Yu Jin) • Radix Aconiti (Wu Tou) antagonizes Cornu Rhinocerotis (Xi Jiao) • Cortex Cinnamomi Cassiae (Rou Gui) antagonizes Halloysirum Rubrum (Chi Shi Zhi) • Radix Ginseng (Ren Shen) antagonizes Faeces Trogopterorum (Wu Ling Zhi) Some herbal substances may have side eﬀects that may injure the fetus or induce miscarriage.
Fam. Ranunculaceae) CHUAN WU Aconitum carmichaeli Debx. (Fam. Ranunculaceae) . Side root; . Branch with ﬂower; . Petal; . Stamen; . Fruit Radix Aconiti Kusnezoﬃi kusnezoﬀ monkshood root dried root tuber Radix Aconiti Kuznezoﬃi is produced chieﬂy in Sichuan, Hubei, and Hunan provinces. The plant is collected in summer. After the hairy rootlets and soils are removed, the tuber is thinly sliced, soaked in water, boiled with ginger, and dried. , , Pungent and bitter in ﬂavor, warm in property, very poisonous, acts on the Heart, Liver, and Spleen channels.
An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica by Jing-Nuan Wu