Handbook of Formulas in Chinese Medicine
with 180 illustrations and photos
- ISBN: 9780939616848
- 2016, 406 pages
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Handbook of Formulas in Chinese Medicine is a concise, visual reference to over 180 of the most important herbal formulas in Chinese medicine. This book is designed to provide a snapshot of the formulas and help the reader to take in key information at one glance.
Each formula is presented as a two-page spread. On the left is a drawing of a person showing an aspect that is typical of the type of patient for whom the formula might be prescribed. The drawing is labelled with key symptoms. Under the drawing the reader can find a list of ingredients followed by basic information: actions, main pattern, key and secondary symptoms, tongue, pulse and abdomen.
Additional detail is set forth in clinical notes, and other formulas with similar indications are discussed for purposes of comparison.
On the right page is a full display of the composition of the formula.
Each of the ingredients is color coded to show its taste and temperature, and the overall nature of the formulawarming, cooling, neutral etc.can be seen at a glance. The role that each ingredient plays in the formula (chief, deputy, assistant, envoy) as well as its actions are also shown.
An introduction discusses how different types of processing affect the functions of particular herbs, and there is a helpful introduction to the Japanese approach to abdominal diagnosis and its value in prescribing herbs. A formula index (by pinyin and English common name) and an index of patterns and key symptoms are included.
Table 1: Common Methods of Processing Herbs
Table 2: Herbs that are Commonly Processed
Index of Formulas by Pinyin
Index of Formulas by English Common Name
Index of Patterns and Key Symptoms
Andrew Ellis first studied Chinese medicine with Dr. James Tin Yau So at the New England School of Acupuncture. He left New England in 1983 to study Chinese language in Taiwan and apprenticed with Chinese herbalist Xu Fu-Su there for several years. Later he studied internal medicine and gynecology at…
Volker Scheid is a scholar physician who engages with East Asian medicine as a clinician, researcher, and teacher. He is a principal research fellow at the University of Westminster, London (UK), where he directs EASTmedicine (East Asian Sciences & Traditions in Medicine), an innovative trans-disciplinary research center dedicated to the…