Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics / Edition 2

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Overview

Students and practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine must learn hundreds of commonly used herbs as the first step in studying Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, junior practitioners lack the clinical experience required to ensure that they can skilfully select the appropriate herbs to use in the formulas. This presents them with a major challenge.

Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics presents a method of learning individual herbs through vivid and clear discussion of their characteristics and through a comparison with other herbs of their characteristics and strengths. This clear and logical approach makes it easy for the user to understand and memorize the functions of specific herbs. It also enables experienced practitioners to improve their therapeutic results through the use of better formulas.

Key features of the new edition

• Retains the same easy to follow format as the first edition
• Presents detailed comparisons and discussions of commonly used Chinese herbs
• Provides a series of thought-provoking questions with very detailed answers
• Structured to help the reader to learn and memorize the content more easily
• The easy-to-use question-andanswer format is convenient to apply in the consulting room
• Includes discussion of clinical applications to help with the practical use of the information in clinical setting
• Revised and updated with particular emphasis on the safe use of Chinese herbal medicines
• New appendices provide information on safe dosages, commonly used herbal combinations and the meanings of Chinese words used in herbal names
• Provides a sound foundation for the study and practice of Chinese herbal medicine.

Chinese Herbal Medicinse: Comparisons and Characteristics is already wellknown to students and practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine. This new, improved edition will continue to be of value to students and practitioners alike. It is now supported by a new companion volume by the same author entitled Chinese Herbal Formulas: Treatment Principles and Composition Strategies. Together these two books provide a sound foundation for the study and practice of Chinese herbal medicine.

• Retains the same easy to follow format as the first edition
• Presents detailed comparisons and discussions of commonly used Chinese herbs
• Provides a series of thought-provoking questions with very detailed answers
• Structured to help the reader to learn and memorize the content more easily
• The easy-to-use question-andanswer format is convenient to apply in the consulting room
• Includes discussion of clinical applications to help with the practical use of the information in clinical setting
• Revised and updated with particular emphasis on the safe use of Chinese herbal medicines
• New appendices provide information on safe dosages, commonly used herbal

combinations and the meanings of Chinese words used in herbal names

• Provides a sound foundation for the study and practice of Chinese herbal medicine.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A very welcome addition to the growing body of English language texts ." Andrew Flower, RCHM News, May 2002
is a most fascinating book. It provides an easy access to the world of traditional Chinese herbalism (TCH)."" E Ernst, Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, June 2002
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702031335
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,202,546
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Yifan Yang studied traditional and modern medicine from 1977 to 1982 at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and, after graduation, worked there as a teacher and doctor in the Chinese Herbal Formulas Department. Besides teaching and practicing, she completed her Masters degree in Chinese Herbal Medicines and Formulas. In 1990, she moved to the Netherlands and now works there as a Practitioner in Traditional Chinese Medicine in a TCM clinic. She has also lectures on traditional Chinese herbal medicine to doctors and physiotherapists in both the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Part 1: The theory and concepts of Chinese herbal medicine Part 2: Comparisons of the characteristics of commonly used Chinese herbal medicine Herbs that release the exterior. Herbs that clear heat. Herbs that drain downwards. Herbs that expel Wind-Dampness. Herbs that transform dampness. Aromatic substances that transform dampness; aromatic substances for external application; aromatic herbs that open the orifices. Herbs that transform phlegm. Herbs that relieve food stagnation; herbs that expel parasites; herbs that induce vomiting. Herbs that regulate the Qi. Herbs that regulate the blood. Herbs that stop bleeding. Herbs that warm the interior. Herbs that tonify. Astringent herbs. Substances that sedate the spirit and calm the mind. Herbs that sedate the Liver-yang and extinguish the Liver-wind. Appendix. Pinyin-English cross reference of herb names. Bibliography.

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