By Jing-Nuan Wu
One of many cornerstones of conventional chinese language medication (TCM), natural drugs has advanced over centuries of scientific perform and empirical effects right into a tremendous physique of data encompassing greater than 6,000 components, so much of whose results and makes use of were documented and researched. The literature on chinese language medicinal herbs is unprecedented and unsurpassed within the world's scientific wisdom; the earliest recognized pharmacological paintings used to be composed ahead of the top of the 3rd century B.C. the 1st classical chinese language materia medica seemed throughout the past due Han dynasty (25-22- A.D.) and integrated 365 entries of botanical, zoological, and mineral elements, directory their homes and results. next materia medica have been assembled in the course of nearly each dynasty from the Liang (456-536 A.D.) to the Qing (1645-1911). one of the significant remedies released in the course of those centuries used to be the 30-volume Materia Medica prepared in keeping with development, which had 1558 entries, greater than 3,000 formulae, and have become the professional pharmacopoeia of natural drugs in China for 500 years. n Illustrated chinese language Materia Medica brings to the English language a lavishly illustrated atlas of the 320 herbs used most often in conventional chinese language clinical perform. every one substance is profiled authoritatively in monographs that supply pharmaceutical, botanical and English names; taste homes and channel tropisms; services; medical makes use of and significant mixtures; dosage and management; and precautions. meant for medicinal and pharmaceutical chemists in addition to practitioners of homeopathic and replacement drugs, this materia medica bargains a different mixture of authenticity that's derived from wisdom of classical chinese language literature with a in actual fact functional goal of persenting worthy details in an easy, simply understandable variety.
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Herba Agrimoniae ( Xian He Cao) is used to treat various kinds of bleeding, such as hemoptysis, epistaxis, metrorrhagia, and hematuria, whether due to Deﬁciency, Excess, Cold, or Heat. It is used alone or with other herbs. In cases due to Blood Heat, it is used in combination with herbs that arrest bleeding due to Blood Heat, such as fresh Radix Rehmanniae (Sheng Di Huang), Cortex Moutan (Mu Dan Pi), Fructus Gardeniae Jasminoidis (Zhi Zi), and Cacumen Platycladi (Ce Bai Ye).
Added Later (Hou Xia) Some fragrant substances that contain volatile oils as active ingredients should be put in at the end of the decoction process and cooked for only about ﬁve minutes to prevent the loss of their volatile elements. These substances include Herba Menthae (Bo He), Amomi Fructus (Sha Ren), and some purgative substances such as Radix et Rhizoma Rhei (Da Huang), and Folium Sennae (Fan Xie Ye). Decocted in Gauze (Bao Jian) Powder-like, sticky, or viscous substances, or plant seeds should be cooked in a gauze bag separated from the remaining ingredients.
Soothes the Liver and relieves depression, promotes blood circulation to relieve pain, causes diuresis, and destroys parasites. For epigastric and hypochondriac distension and pain. For amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea. For treating snake bite and insect bite. – g, decocted in water for an oral dose. It is contraindicated for those with diarrhea due to Deﬁciency of the Spleen. ) Koidz. var. australis (Diels) Rehd.