Records cataloging the healing powers of natural substances - plants, minerals, and animal byproducts - date back more than 4,000 years. There is no denying the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine, yet - until recently - the roots of this knowledge were largely lost in superstition and folklore. However, the use of herbs as an alternative medical treatment for many illnesses has increased steadily over the last decade, particularly since such herbs are categorized as "Natural Food Products" and are not yet subject to strict control by the FDA. Reports published in 1996 indicate that more than 10% of the US population has used herbal remedies.
This book does not debate the value of Eastern or Western medicine but brings together Chinese herbal lore and Western scientific methods in a current, comprehensive treatise on the pharmacology of Chinese herbs. This second edition of The Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs presents the chemical composition, pharmacological action, toxicity, and therapeutic value of 473 herbs.
A Brief History of Chinese Medicine
The Cardiovascular System
Herbs with Multiple Actions
The Nervous System
Anesthetics and Muscle-Relaxing Herbs
Sedatives and Hypnotic Herbs
Anti-Alzheimer and Nootropic Herbs
Central Stimulating Herbs
The Alimentary System
Stomachic and "Wind"-Dispelling Herbs
Herbs Promoting Digestion
Antacid and Antiulcer Herbs
Emetic and Antiemetic Herbs
Choleretic and Antihepatitis Herbs
Tonics and Supporting Herbs
The Respiratory System
The Genitourinary System
Herbs Affecting the Uterus
Fertility and Contraceptive Herbs
The Hematopoietic System
Herbs Promoting Blood Formation
Immunoenhancing and Immunosuppressing Herbs
Hemostatic and Antistasic Herbs
The Endocrine System
Herbs Affecting the Thyroid Gland
Herbs Affecting the Adrenal Cortex
Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungus Herbs
Anti-Human Immunodeficiency Viral (HIV) Herbs
Antiseptics and Disinfectants
Antiamebial and Antitrichomonial Herbs
"This well-referenced text is geared to the clinician and researcher. …There are improvements over the previous editions of this well-respected text…More specific dosages and herbs, and isolates have been added."
--Christopher Hobbs, LAc
"This valuable resource succeeds in its goal to help the Western scientist understand ancient Chinese herbal medicine from the viewpoint of modern pharmacology."
- Kuo-Hsiung Lee, University of North Carolina
"This compendium...is the definitive treatise on the subject...useful to medical researchers, physicians, historians, pharmacologists, and students."
- William J. Waddell, M.D.