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Pharmacopeia and herbal formulation
** Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies; Dan Bensky and Randall Barolet, ed.; Eastland Press, Seattle, c1990. One of the most authoritative English texts on TCM herbal formulation, although perhaps a bit too much information for the beginning student to assimilate. In addition, the symptom-sign indications listed for many formulas in some cases are too narrow and do not give the practitioner an idea of the full range of clinical pictures for which the formula might be applicable. To avoid this, one should focus more on the TCM functions of each formula rather than the listed symptom-sign indications.
* Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica; Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, ed.; Eastland Press, Seattle, c1986. One of the most authoritative English texts on TCM materia medica. The beginning herbalist is to beware of certain toxic substances and herbs that are listed, which should be avoided because better alternatives exist. Otherwise, the text is a thorough compilation of TCM clinical functions, dosages, contraindications, and physiological and pharmacological action.
** A Clinical Guide to Chinese Herbs and Formulae; by Chen Song Yu and Li Fei, transl. by Jin Hui De; Churchill Livingstone, c1993. An excellent study guide for the beginning student of TCM and a good companion to Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies and Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica. Compares similar herbs and formulas, explains how they differ in their action, and gives guidelines for choosing one over another in specific situations.
* The Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica; by Kun-Ying Yen; SMC Publishing Inc., c1992. Full-color photographs of prepared dried Chinese herbs, as commonly available commercially, with text descriptions. Very useful for beginning herbalists in verifying the identity of commercially purchased herb products. Mislabelling of products is not uncommon, and proper identification by inspection is essential for safe practice.
* Cheung, C.S.; Traditional Chinese Medicine: Before Completion, vol. I and II; Harmonious Sunshine Cultural Center, San Francisco, c1987. * Cheung, C.S.; Traditional Chinese Medicine: Case Studies, vol. I and II; Harmonious Sunshine Cultural Center, San Francisco, c1987. Recommended for advanced students of TCM; how to handle difficult cases; cases of master herbalists.
Cheung, C.S.; Traditional Chinese Medicine: Handbook of Nutritional Therapy; Harmonious Sunshine Cultural Center, San Francisco, c1987.
Flaws, Bob; Arisal of the Clear, a Simple Guide to Healthy Eating According to Traditional Chinese Medicine; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Flaws, Bob; My Sister the Moon, the Diagnosis and Treatment of Menstrual Diseases by Traditional Chinese Medicine; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1992.
Flaws, Bob; Scatology and the Gate of Life: the Role of the Large Intestine in Immunity, an Integrated Chinese-Western Approach; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Flaws, Bob; Something Old, Something New: Essays on the TCM Description of Western Herbs, Pharmaceuticals, Vitamins and Minerals; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Flaws, Bob and Wolfe, Honora; Prince Wen Hui's Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy; Paradigm Publications, Brookline, Massachusetts USA, c1983. An introduction to TCM dietary principles, case studies, traditional Chinese recipes, and classification of common foods by TCM properties.
Fu Qing-zhu's Gynecology; transl. Yang Shou-zhong and Liu Da-wei; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1992.
Handbook of Traditional Chinese Gynecology; compiled by Zhejiang College of TCM, transl. Zhang Ting-Liang, ed. Bob Flaws; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1987.
Hsu, Hong-Yen and Peacher, William A.; Chinese Herb Medicine and Therapy; Oriental Healing Arts Institute, c1976.
Huang Bing-shan; AIDS and its Treatment by Traditional Chinese Medicine; transl. Fu Di and Bob Flaws; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Keys, John D.; Chinese Herbs: Their Botany, Chemistry and Pharmacodynamics; Charles E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont USA, c1976.
Lad, Vasant and Frawley, David; The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine; Lotus Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico USA, c1986. An introduction to Ayurvedic health theory with a materia medica including common spices and selected herbs from the Indian and Chinese materia medica.
Li Shih-Chen; Chinese Medicinal Herbs; transl. by F. Porter Smith and G.A. Stuart; Georgetown Press, San Francisco, c1973.
Lin, Anna; The Dao of Increasing Longetivity and Conserving One's Life, a Handbook of Traditional Chinese Geriatrics and Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1991.
Lin, Anna; Handbook of TCM Urology and Male Sexual Dysfunction; Blue Poppy Press, Boulder, Colorado USA, c1992.
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