Essentials of Chinese Materia Medica and Medical Formulas

Essentials of Chinese Materia Medica and Medical Formulas

New Century Traditional Chinese Medicine

1st Edition - May 1, 2017

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  • Authors: Shengyan Xi, Yuewen Gong
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128127223
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128127230

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Essentials of Chinese Materia Medica and Medical Formulas: New Century Traditional Chinese Medicine presents specific knowledge about the source, medicinal nature, action and application of more than 800 commonly-used Chinese materia medica, as well as the efficacy and application of more than 740 kinds of commonly-used Chinese medical formulas. Notably, all of the content is presented in table form, making the information easier to access, understand and apply. Each primary herbal medicine is introduced with color pictures, and each primary formula is presented with efficacy analysis pictures. The book provides readers with essential information on Chinese materia medica and formulas and how to use them accurately, including the most common Chinese materia medica used in clinics and in commonly used clinical formulas. This is an essential reference for traditional medical professionals and those interested in traditional Chinese medicine, including advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Key Features

  • Includes over 800 Chinese materia medica and 740 medical formulas with their essential information
  • Combines 514 color pictures of medicine material crude slices and 255 formulary efficacy analysis pictures
  • Organized with concise forms, facilitating understanding and memorization


Health care professionals and students training to become health care professionals interested in traditional Chinese Medicines and those interested in natural products that may be derived from TCM. Western physicians and pharmacists and regulatory agencies may be interested in this book

Table of Contents

    CHAPTER 1  Herbs that Release the Exterior
    CHAPTER 2  Herbs that Clear the Heat
    CHAPTER 3  Herbs that Drain Downwards
    CHAPTER 4  Herbs that Expel Wind and Damp
    CHAPTER 5  Herbs that Transform Dampness
    CHAPTER 6  Herbs that Promote Urination and Percolate Dampness
    CHAPTER 7  Herbs that Warm the Interior
    CHAPTER 8  Herbs that Rectify Qi
    CHAPTER 9  Herbs that Promote Digestion
    CHAPTER 10  Herbs that Expel Parasites
    CHAPTER 11  Herbs that Stanch Bleeding
    CHAPTER 12  Herbs that Invigorate Blood and Dissolve Stasis
    CHAPTER 13  Herbs that Dissolve Phlegm, Relieve Cough and Calm Panting
    CHAPTER 14  Herbs that Calm the Mind
    CHAPTER 15  Herbs that Calm the Liver and Extinguish Wind
    CHAPTER 16  Herbs that Open the Orifices
    CHAPTER 17  Herbs that Supplement Deficiency
    CHAPTER 18  Herbs that Astringe
    CHAPTER 19  Herbs that Induce Vomit
    CHAPTER 20  Herbs that Counteract Toxins, Kill Parasites and Relieve Itching
    CHAPTER 21  Herbs that Draw Out Toxins, Remove Putridity and Engender Flesh

    CHAPTER 1  Formulas that Release the Exterior
    CHAPTER 2  Formulas that Treat the Interior Excess Syndrome with Purgation
    CHAPTER 3  Formulas that Harmonize
    CHAPTER 4  Formulas that Clear the Heat
    CHAPTER 5  Formulas that Dispel Summerheat
    CHAPTER 6  Formulas that Warm the Interior
    CHAPTER 7  Formulas that Release Pathogens from both the Exterior and Interior
    CHAPTER 8  Formulas that Supplement and Boost
    CHAPTER 9  Formulas that Consolidate and Astringe
    CHAPTER 10  Formulas that Calm the Mind
    CHAPTER 11  Formulas that Open the Orifices
    CHAPTER 12  Formulas that Rectify Qi
    CHAPTER 13  Formulas that Rectify Blood
    CHAPTER 14  Formulas that Expel and Calm the Wind
    CHAPTER 15  Formulas that Treat Dryness Syndrome
    CHAPTER 16  Formulas that Dispel Dampness
    CHAPTER 17  Formulas that Dispel Phlegm
    CHAPTER 18  Formulas that Remove Food Stagnation and Accumulation
    CHAPTER 19  Formulas that Expel Parasites
    CHAPTER 20  Formulas that Induce Vomit
    CHAPTER 21  Formulas that Treat Carbuncles
    CHAPTER 22  Attachment Formulas that are Used Externally

    APPENDIX 1  Introduction to Medicinal Selection for Common Diseases and Syndromes
    APPENDIX 2  Introduction to Well-Known Chinese Materia Medica and Medical Formula Literatures
    APPENDIX 3  Introduction to Intricate TCM Terminology of Diseases and Syndromes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1020
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: May 1, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128127223
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128127230

About the Authors

Shengyan Xi

Dr. Xi is a Doctor of Medical Science and holds the following positions: Associate professor of TCM, Master Advisor of the TCM internal medicine of Xiamen University (China)

Affiliations and Expertise

Medical College of the Xiamen University, Xiamen, China

Yuewen Gong

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Associate Dean (Research), College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (Canada); member, Section of Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

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  • Stephen N. Tue Jan 23 2018

    Amazing Reference for Any TCM Practitioners Out there

    This book essentially are 2 books in 1. The contents are arranged for easy reference. This book is also filled with colorful images of each herbs. I am glad that I owned one copy of this book in my collection. I would also recommend any TCM practitioner out there to buy this book. This is one of the great TCM book in English version.

  • Joey Wed Dec 27 2017


    Contents are well- organised and easily understand through the vivid pictures. The essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine was brought out and this book is recommended for those interested in herbs.

  • lee Thu Dec 21 2017

    Good Book To Intro With You

    this book describe how herbs function under principle of TCM. i feel to be more understand on the formation between herbs to heal patient according to his/hers clinical diagnostic.

  • Tang W. Sun Dec 17 2017

    The most professional of Traditional Chinese Medicine book

    This books provided the most detail about the herbs and formulas in traditional chinese medicine. I recommended this book to all traditional chinese medicine practitioners.