Encyclopedia of Chinese and U.S. Patent Herbal Medicines

Encyclopedia of Chinese and U.S. Patent Herbal Medicines

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by C. L. Liu, Yong Deng, Andrew McIntyre
     
 
Chinese patent medicines are family and medical formulas rooted in an herbal tradition stretching back more than 5,000 years. Known as "classical" formulas because of their effectiveness and origins in antiquity, versions of most are now produced and marketed in the United States. This essential guide provides a transition from the use of Chinese-manufactured formulas

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Chinese patent medicines are family and medical formulas rooted in an herbal tradition stretching back more than 5,000 years. Known as "classical" formulas because of their effectiveness and origins in antiquity, versions of most are now produced and marketed in the United States. This essential guide provides a transition from the use of Chinese-manufactured formulas to those manufactured in the United States and is intended to serve as a reader-friendly resource for everyone interested in this revolutionary branch of medicine.

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The Encyclopedia of Chinese and U.S. Patent Herbal Medicines, written by Chongyun Liu, O.M.D., L.Ac. and Yong Deng, O.M.D. is a reference for practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The term "patent medicine" refers to classic Chinese medicinal formulas passed down through the centuries. Although the formulas were once kept secret, most are now known. Patent medicines are available over the counter. With the spread of TCM, practitioners in countries other than China now use the patent medicines. Liu and Deng note that "the increase in Chinese medicine in the United States has highlighted two significant problems with Chinese-produced patent medicines." The first problem is quality control, and the second involves the ingredients used. Many patent medicines are also now produced in the States, and have been given English names. Liu and Deng wrote their book as "an aid to students and practitioners in figuring out which U.S. product corresponds to which Chinese patent medicine, and how U.S. products correspond with each other." They start with a description of fifty-five medical conditions that practitioners most often encounter. The descriptions include both Western and TCM terminology, and encompass subtypes and symptoms. The descriptions are followed by tables listing the classical patent medicine formulas, and the U.S. equivalents. The second part of the book is a alphabetical cross-reference of Chinese formulas, and U.S. equivalents. The final section presents detailed information about the ingredients of U.S. formulas. All readers wishing information about using U.S.- made Chinese medicines will find the Encyclopedia of Chinese and U.S. Patent Herbal Medicines aninvaluable reference. Novices will also find it useful in learning about TCM practices.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879838911
Publisher:
Keats Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Encyclopedia of Chinese and U.S. Patent Herbal Medicines 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is mostly a laundry list of ingredients in American formulas. Who cares? Believe it or not, there is no list of chinese patents, THEIR ingredients, or their application. COMPLETELY WORTHLESS