Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Modern Edition of a Classic Sixteenth-Century Manual
Chinese medicine has been around for millennia. The earliest known writings on Chinese medicine are from 2698 BC. That’s a really long time ago y’all. The original version of this book, “Materia Medica”(Pen Ts’ao), was published by Li ShIh-chen way back in 1578. This volume took 26 years of studying to complete.
“Chinese Medicinal Herbs: A Modern Edition of a Classic Sixteenth-Century Manual” is an amazing fountain of information on the medicinal benefits of numerous herbs, plants, vegetables, fruits etc… Each entry gives the plant’s English, Latin and Chinese names (Chinese names have pronunciations as well). Also included are where the item is grown. Many entries verbally describe the flora’s physical appearance. It also details ways it can be used in everyday life. Medicinal uses are designated as well. A truly fascinating read.
Chinese scholars have been writing medical treatises for nearly 5,000 years, the grandest and most comprehensive of them the Materia Medica (Pen Ts’ao), a natural pharmacopoeia drawn from the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdom. Published by Li Shih-chen in 1578, after three decades of research, it remained largely unknown beyond China until Western physicians (such as the editors of this volume) began working in the region in the mid-nineteenth century.
Like other Westerners in China, F. Porter Smith and G. A. Stuart encountered people who often acted as their own doctors, employing natural remedies that were sufficiently effective to be worthy of research. The physicians used Li Shih-chen’s Herbal Pen Ts’ao as the foundation for this modern edition of that portion of the massive sixteenth-century document, annotating their translation with observations from their own experience.
As a basis for modern-day holistic medicine, Chinese Medicinal Herbs provides a valuable compendium for practitioners of alternative healing methods. Students, professionals, and health-care specialists will want to own this landmark treatise, a treasury of tried-and-true wisdom from centuries of practical experience.
Reprint of the Georgetown Press, San Francisco, 1973 edition.
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