By Jing-Nuan Wu
One of many cornerstones of conventional chinese language medication (TCM), natural drugs has developed over centuries of medical perform and empirical effects right into a tremendous physique of data 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 unheard of and unsurpassed within the world's scientific wisdom; the earliest identified pharmacological paintings was once composed ahead of the tip of the 3rd century B.C. the 1st classical chinese language materia medica seemed through the overdue 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 almost 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 used to be the 30-volume Materia Medica prepared in keeping with trend, which had 1558 entries, greater than 3,000 formulae, and have become the reliable 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 clinical perform. every one substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that offer pharmaceutical, botanical and English names; taste homes and channel tropisms; features; scientific 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 deals a different mix of authenticity that's derived from wisdom of classical chinese language literature with a truly sensible target of persenting worthwhile details in a simple, simply understandable kind.
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Fruit; . Bark of the root Radix Acanthopanacis Senticosi manyprickle acanthopanax root root and rhizome Radix Acanthopanacis Senticosi is produced mainly in northeastern China. Collected in autumn and spring, the roots and rhizomes are washed clean and dried in sunlight for use. , , Pungent and slightly bitter in ﬂavor, warm in property, acts on the Liver and Kidney channels. Reinforces Qi to strengthen the Spleen, toniﬁes the Kidney, and tranquilizes the Mind.
Much study and testing is being done on these new medical preparations. . Substance Administration Decoctions are usually taken warm. Those for expelling Wind-Cold patterns are better taken while hot. Those for releasing vomiting should be taken in small amounts at frequent intervals. Pills and powders are usually taken with warm water. Tonics should be taken before meals. Substances irritating to the stomach and intestines should be taken after meals. Antihelminthics and purgatives should be taken on an empty stomach.
It is collected in summer and autumn, and cut into slices. , , Sweet in ﬂavor, neutral in property, acts on the Heart and Liver channels. Tranquilizes the Mind and relieves depression, promotes Blood circulation to induce swelling. For depression, restlessness due to Deﬁciency, poor memory, and insomnia, it is used alone or with other herbs such as Semen Platycladi (Bai Zi Ren). For fracture, it is used with Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui) and Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong (Chuan Xiong).