Ben cao gang mu Volume III
Mountain Herbs, Fragrant Herbs (Volume 3)
- 2022, 756 pages
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The 3rd volume of the Ben cao gang mu books provides a complete translation of chapters 12 through 14, devoted to mountain herbs and fragrant herbs. The Encyclopedia of Materia Medica and Natural History Ben cao gang mu is a sixteenth-century Chinese encyclopedia of medical matter and natural history by Li Shizhen (1518–1593). The culmination of a sixteen-hundred-year history of Chinese medical and pharmaceutical literature, it is considered the most important and comprehensive book ever written in the history of Chinese medicine and remains an invaluable resource for researchers and practitioners. This nine-volume series reveals an almost two-millennia-long panorama of wide-ranging observations and sophisticated interpretations, ingenious manipulations, and practical applications of natural substances for the benefit of human health. Paul U. Unschuld’s annotated translation of the Ben cao gang mu, presented here with the original Chinese text, opens a rare window into viewing the people and culture of China’s past.