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Published 2003

Hardcover book

1226 pages, 7.75 x 11.00"

ISBN 9780974063508

SKU: ChiMedHerPha


With index
With bibliography
With footnotes
With glossary
With appendix
Includes herb-drug interactions

Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology

By (author)  John Chen
By (author)  Tina Chen

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Hardcover book | $89.95

This work is among the most comprehensive and authoritative texts on Chinese materia medica to have been published in English. Each of the 1,266 pages is typeset to deliver the maximum of information in a readable and easily-referenced format. Each of the 670 herbs discussed is treated as a single monograph that presents the nomenclature of the medicinal substance, the Chinese therapeutic actions, dosage, cautions and contraindications, chemical composition, pharmacological effect, clinical studies and research. There are references given for each herb and the author's often add clinically-useful comments. Also discussed are toxicology and herb-drug interactions. The latter subject is of considerable importance now that this topic is included in the California license board requirements. The black and white images (View sample photographsthat accompany each herb discussion also show the substance as professionally prepared for decoction and to scale.

The nomenclature includes both traditional and simplified characters for each substance, pinyin, alternate pinyin when applicable, common English name, both the botanical and pharmaceutical Latin names for each of the various applicable natural sources. Another excellent feature is the "Using this Book" chapter which details the intent and content of each section of the herbal information. The front matter is completed with a large section of color pictures for herb indentification. The images are of quality substances as they would be found in a professional pharmacy. There is also an overview section that covers the history, nomenclature, classification, growing and harvesting, preparation and processing, characteristics, clinical applications, and the simultaneous use of herbal and pharmaceutical medicines.

The remainder of the text is herb-by-herb monographs organized by function:

  1. Exterior-Releasing Herbs
  2. Heat-Clearing Herbs
  3. Downward-Draining Herbs
  4. Wind-Damp Dispelling Herbs
  5. Aromatic Damp-Dissolving Herbs
  6. Water-Regulating and Damp-Resolving Herbs
  7. Interior-Warming Herbs
  8. Qi-regulating Herbs
  9. Digestive Herbs
  10. Antiparasitic Herbs
  11. Stop-Bleeding Herbs
  12. Blood-Invigorating and Stasis-Relieving Herbs
  13. Phlegm-Resolving and Coughing- and Wheezing-Relieving Herbs
  14. Shen-Calming Herbs
  15. Liver-Calming and Wind-Extinguishing Herbs
  16. Orifice-Opening Herbs
  17. Tonic Herbs
  18. Astringent Herbs
  19. Emetic Herbs
  20. Substances for Topical Application.

The text concludes with ten appendices, contemporary and historical bibliographies, a glossary, author biographies and an index. The first five appendices are cross references by T.C.M. diagnoses, biomedical diagnoses, pharmacological effects, single names, and formula names. The last five appendices cover pregnancy-supporting medicinals, cautions and contraindications during pregnancy, dosing guidelines, weights and measures, and endangered species.

With contributions by more than fifty academic, clinical, research and regulatory professionals, Chinese Medical Hebology and Pharmacology sets a new standard for healthcare professionals, students, educators and researchers. John Chen draws upon his wealth of specialty post-graduate training and experience in herbology as applied in internal medicine in mainland China and on his doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy and South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine. He maintains a consulting practice in Southern California. Tina Chen holds certification from the World Health Organization in internal medicine and gynecology. A graduate of South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine, she also earned a B.A. from the University of California at Irvine School of Humanities, in East Asian Language and Literature. She maintains a consulting practice in Southern California.

About the authors:

John K. Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc, actively participates in education, research and the frontiers of contemporary application of herbal medicine.  In addition to developing professional continuing education seminars and serving as a senior lecturer through the widely-respected Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Chen speaks at seminars and conferences for universities and local, state, national and international educational and professional organizations.  A professor at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy, Dr. Chen is also a member of the Herbal Medicine Committee for the American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) and an herbal consultant for the California State Oriental Medicine Association (CSOMA).  A recognized authority on Chinese herbal medicine and western (allopathic) pharmacology, Dr. Chen has written extensively on Oriental medicine and alternative complementary/integrative medicine for professional publications, journals and texts, drawing on his wealth of specialty post-graduate training and experience in mainland China in herbology as applied in internal medicine, and on his doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy and South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine.  An editorial board member for the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA), Medical Acupuncture, John Chen was also a board member of the 1999 Los Angeles Times Festival Honorary Committee and speaker on Herbal Medicine for the City of Los Angeles First Annual Festival of Health.  Appearing in the Discovery Channel 1999 six-hour documentary on alternative and complementary medicine, Dr. Chen served as the expert resource on Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He also was guest speaker on herb-drug interactions in 1998 for the annual USC Bergen Brunswig convention, during which he addressed over 400 pharmacists and medical doctors.  Dr. Chen maintains his consulting practice in Southern California.

Tina T. Chen, MS, LAc, is an active and respected educator in Oriental medicine and Chinese herbal medicine.  In addition to lecturing on TCM Gynecology and Cosmetology across North America through the widely-respected Lotus Institute of Integrative Medicine, Ms. Chen is active on the faculty of South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine and has been an active contributor to professional journals and publications.  She has served as Southern California Chair of the Education Committee for the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA), and as an examiner for the California State License Exam for acupuncturists, and from 1996-2001 maintained private practice of acupuncture and herbal medicine through Chen's Clinic in La Puente, California. Her teaching and consulting is grounded in extensive post-graduate training in herbal medicine, TCM gynecology and cosmetology in numerous hospitals in mainland China.  This included concentrated training sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Guang-An-Men Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, in the People's Republic of China, specializing in internal medicine, acupuncture and gynecology; also intensive clinical training in internal medicine and gynecology at First Tien-Jin Hospital, People's Republic of China; and at An-Hui Hospital, People's Republic of China, advanced training in internal medicine. Tina Chen's expertise in translation includes serving as translation specialist for the International Association of Integrating East-West Medicine from 1996-2000, the 1996 Third Annual International Acupuncture and Massage Conference sponsored by the Acupuncture and Massage Institute of America, and the California State Association of Oriental Medicine (CSOMA) in 1990. Licensed by the Acupuncture Board in California, Tina Chen also holds certification from the World Health Organization in internal medicine and gynecology.  A graduate of South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine, she also earned a B.A. from the University of California at Irvine School of Humanities, in East Asian Language and Literature.  She maintains a consulting practice in Southern California.

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Praise for Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology


“This newly released textbook should be a welcomed addition to the libraries of every Chinese medical practitioner, student, or researcher interested in Chinese medicine herbs. Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology is a 1266 page hard backed tome covering virtually all aspects of Chinese materia medica in among the most complete manner possible as compared to most other currently available English-language texts. This text is organized into 3 parts: Part I providing the historical basis and philosophical context for the use of TCM herbs including discussions on principles of nomenclature, processing, growing and harvesting practices, and use of TCM botanicals with conventional pharmaceuticals.

Part II classifies 670 botanicals according to their traditional and standard classifications and includes nomenclature, TCM functions, dosage, cautions and contraindications, a brief overview of the chemical composition and available clinical studies, and additional commentary based on the experience of the authors. When available, additional information regarding toxicology, overdose, and herb-drug interactions, and adulterants are included. Each entry is accompanied by a black and white photograph of the botanical that can help in its identification.

Part III provides an array of extremely valuable appendices that every practitioner should find of practical use. These include: a cross reference of 66 conditions and the specific botanicals used according to TCM principles of differential diagnosis as well as the specific botanicals most appropriate for the treatment of 115 Western medical conditions; dosing guidelines; use of TCM botanicals in pregnancy; and a discussion on the trade of endangered TCM botanicals. Such information is rarely provided in standard texts. The sheer number of botanicals included in this work is monumental in itself, but the completeness of the information is equally impressive. Also included is a supplementary section of color photographs of 553 botanicals, for further assistance in identification of the materia medica.

Perhaps one of the most important contributions this text provides is the manner in which information has been presented by the authors. John and Tina Chen are native Taiwanese with a command of both the Chinese and English language and both have the requisite training in TCM to provide an expert clinical perspective to all data presented. John's additional training as a pharmacist (PharmD) gives him unique insights in understanding the pharmacology of the botanicals from the perspective of a clinician and the ability to provide detailed guidance regarding basic toxicology and herb-drug interactions.

Personally, there are many attributes to this text for which I am greatly appreciative. Firstly, most everything that I need to know about how to use the botanical both safely and effectively is presented in a concise manner in a single text. This will help in the continued monograph development work of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. The philosophical discussions regarding the basics of understanding Chinese materia medica and Chinese nomenclature have greatly deepened my understanding about these aspects of Chinese herbology, thus making my personal study of Chinese herbal; medicine more rich. Equally important, there is a plethora of information and numerous herbal entries contained in this text that I have never seen in any other work. It is also an excellent reference for manufacturers requiring information regarding product formulation, substantiation files, effective dosages and other information needed for the development of safe and effective products. Any manufacturer trying to access the references alone would cost tens-of-thousands of dollars. Inexpensively priced at $89.95, Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology is a must-have text for any practitioner, researcher, herbal manufacturer, or student of TCM. The Chen's should be commended for this outstanding contribution to the Chinese medical literature.”

-Roy Upton, Herbalist Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia