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Prescriptions of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Practical English-Chinese Library of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Prescriptions of Traditional Chinese Medicine
By Li Dungqing, Jiang Jingxian, Gao Yi, Shi Lanhua
Publishing House of Shanghai College of TCM, 1990
Paperback, English and Chinese
ISBN 7810101129

The prescriptions of traditional Chinese medicine can be defined as a preparation which, on the basis of the differentiation of syndromes and the establishment of therapeutic methods, organically combines various drugs for the prevention and treatment of diseases in accordance with a certain principle of formulating a prescription. Pharmacology of traditional Chinese medicinal formulae is a science that studies and interprets the theories of prescriptions and their administrations.

A prescription book entitled "The Prescriptions for Fifty-two Kinds of Disease" was unearthed in 1979 from the No. 3 Han Tomb at Ma Wang Dui, Changsha, Hunan Province. It is the earliest extant medical formulary in China. Dr. Zhu Su of the Ming Dynasty and others collected almost all the medical formularies having been used before the fifteenth century and compiled the most voluminous medical book "Prescriptions for Universal Relief" with as many as 61739 prescriptions in it.

The formation of a prescription is neither simply to pile up drugs with similar functions and effects nor "to treat the head when the head aches and to treat the foot when the foot hurts," that is to say, only to treat the symptoms but not the syndrome in TCM or the disease. It is on the basis of the differentiation of syndromes and establishment of the therapeutic methods, to pick out proper drugs and organically constitute them in the light of the principles of forming a prescription.

Contents:
  1. Formation of a Prescription
  2. Dosage Forms of a Prescription
  3. Methods of Decocting and Taking Drugs
  4. Prescriptions for Relieving exterior Syndrome
  5. Heat-clearing Prescription
  6. Purgative Prescriptions
  7. Prescriptions for Warming the Interior
  8. Mediating Prescriptions
  9. Prescriptions for Regulating the Flow of Qi
  10. Prescriptions for Treating Blood Disorders
  11. Sedative Prescriptions
  12. Prescription for Resuscitation
  13. Prescriptions for Calming Wind
  14. Prescriptions for Treating Dryness Syndrome
  15. Phlegm-eliminating Prescriptions
  16. Dampness-eliminating Prescription
  17. Prescription for Inducing Astringency
  18. Tonic Prescription
  19. Resolving Prescriptions
  20. Prescriptions for Treating Carbuncles

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