"This work includes information on over 470 herbal, mineralogical, and zoological substances that the translators have drawn from more than 50 Chinese sources. The introduction covers the history, background, and development of Chinese herbal medicine, methods of preparation and dispensing, and cross-cultural comparisons with Western, Japanese and Persian herbal systems.
The information supplied for each substance includes pharmaceutical name, botanical name, Chinese character, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and English name. Descriptions include properties, entering channels, historical reference, function, and clinical use in Chinese medicine. Also detailed are associated symptoms, major formulas using the substance, common conditions for use, cautions, contraindications, toxicities, and traditional dosage. Included are a glossary of TCM terms, name cross- indexes, an index to all the herbs, and a general index.