Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West: A Guide to Gardening, Herbal Wisdom, and Well-Being

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This extensive and engaging book—the first collaboration between a Chinese scientist and an American author and herbalist—blends traditional wisdom from both cultures with scientific verification of the medical effectiveness of many ancient Chinese plants, thereby deepening our knowledge of and appreciation for ornamentals whose usefulness extends far beyond their beauty.

More plants have been introduced from China to American and European ...

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Overview

This extensive and engaging book—the first collaboration between a Chinese scientist and an American author and herbalist—blends traditional wisdom from both cultures with scientific verification of the medical effectiveness of many ancient Chinese plants, thereby deepening our knowledge of and appreciation for ornamentals whose usefulness extends far beyond their beauty.

More plants have been introduced from China to American and European gardens than from any other part of the world.
Many of the Asian species grown as ornamentals—such as daylilies, forsythia, gardenia, peonies, crape myrtle, and mums—are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The authors supply specific techniques for cultivating Chinese herbs and flowers in Western gardens, as well as for using them medicinally.

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Editorial Reviews

Natural Health
"An authoritative guide to 44 common Chinese medicinal herbs grown in the U.S. but seldom regarded for their medicinal properties."
Booklist ALA
". . . a detailed, readable guide to Chinese herbs, ornamental shrubs and flowering plants, and their medicinal uses."
American Herb Association
". . . a valuable addition to plant science."
ALA Booklist
". . . a detailed, readable guide to Chinese herbs, ornamental shrubs and flowering plants, and their medicinal uses."
ALA Booklist
". . . a detailed, readable guide to Chinese herbs, ornamental shrubs and flowering plants, and their medicinal uses."
From the Publisher
". . . a valuable addition to plant science."

"An authoritative guide to 44 common Chinese medicinal herbs grown in the U.S. but seldom regarded for their medicinal properties."

"Since 1949, China has worked to integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine, so that today both systems are used, along with a blend of the two. TCM is now researched using scientific methods at institutions such as the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, where Chongxi is a pharmacognosist. He has also authored numerous works on herbal medicine. Foster has authored several herb books (and coauthored the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants, Houghton, 1990). The authors introduce Western readers to a blend of the two systems by describing about 50 plants used in TCM that are also known to Westerners as ornamentals, weeds, or herbs (e.g., day lilies, gardenias, honeysuckle, privet, and forsythia). They cover in detail the uses, history, dosage, descriptions, cultivation, and processing of each plant. An excellent resource for alternative medicine collections."

". . . a detailed, readable guide to Chinese herbs, ornamental shrubs and flowering plants, and their medicinal uses."

Library Journal
Since 1949, China has worked to integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine, so that today both systems are used, along with a blend of the two. TCM is now researched using scientific methods at institutions such as the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, where Chongxi is a pharmacognosist. He has also authored numerous works on herbal medicine. Foster has authored several herb books (and coauthored the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants , Houghton, 1990). The authors introduce Western readers to a blend of the two systems by describing about 50 plants used in TCM that are also known to Westerners as ornamentals, weeds, or herbs (e.g., day lilies, gardenias, honeysuckle, privet, and forsythia). They cover in detail the uses, history, dosage, descriptions, cultivation, and processing of each plant. An excellent resource for alternative medicine collections.-- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Journal of ... Eastern Health & Fitness
Anyone wishing a deeper understanding of Chinese herbs, their uses and histories will appreciate this beautifully written and easily read book. Professionals will augment their knowledge and anyone opening its cover will enjoy the lively history of culture and civilization as seen through the eyes of an herbalist.
— Winter,1999
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892813490
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 990,941
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Foster is the author of Echinacea: Nature's Immune Enhancer and coauthor of the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants. An expert on the source plants of traditional Chinese medicine, Prof. Yue Chongxi (C.H. Yueh) has served since 1956 as pharmacognosist with the Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing.

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Table of Contents

Herbal Emissaries
Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West
A Guide to gardening, herbal wisdom, and well-being
Preface
Introduction
Using Plants as Drugs in Traditional Chinese Medicine
How to Use This Book
A Note on the Transliteration of Chinese Names
1. Major Chinese Medicinal Herbs
2. Garden Flowers
3. Ornamental Shrubs
4. Ornamental and Unusual Trees
5. Weeds
Glossary
Bibliography
Useful Addresses
Plant Index
Subject Index

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