Zhang Zhong-jing's Clinical Application of 50 Medicinals
By Huang Huang Ph. D. TCM
Published by People's Medical Publishing House; English edition (2008)
Format: 180 mm x 255 mm (7.50 x 10.50 inches), 592 pages, hardcover, library binding
Dr. Huang has written over ten herbal textbooks compiling his personal views and clinical experience of indispensable and useful formulas. This book compares and analyzes the relative terms from the Discussion on Cold Damage (Shang Han Lun) and the Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet (Jin Kui Yao Lue), in combination with the clinical experiences of Dr. Huang. It discusses the clinical applications and indications for 50 medicinals that were frequently used by Zhang Zhong-jing.
The Discussion on Cold Damage and the Essential Formulas from the Golden Cabinet contain a large amount of ancient empirical formulas and the explanations of their use. These empirical formulas have a long history, and are the accumulation of experience gained by the thorough application of natural herbs, and are called "classical formulas" by later generations. There are many clinicians who excel at making use of the ancient formulas in the Discussion on Cold Damage and the Essential Formulas from the Golden Cabinet, and the study of their use forms a unique school of medical thought, the classical formula school. The explanations for using each formula made by Zhang Zhong-jing, show the unique scientific perspective of Doctor Zhang Zhong-jing. Indications for many formulas are descriptions of a certain type of disease, or a certain constitution. In reality, such descriptions can be typical, non-typical, comprehensive, limited, superficial, or detailed, but it is believed that the descriptions are very objective. His way of thinking and method of studying the human body and its diseases has become the foundation for the development of Chinese medicine.
In the Discussion on Cold Damage, of the 114 prescriptions, there are 113 prescriptions with specific formula names with a total of 91 herbs. Thirty-six formulas are used once and fifty-five prescriptions are used more than twice. In the Essentials from the Golden Cabinet, of the 205 prescriptions, there are 199 prescriptions with specific formula names with a total of 156 single herbs. In these prescriptions, sixty-two herbs are used more than once and fifty-five herbs are used more than twice. This book selects the fifty most frequently used herbs and explains their indications as described by Zhang Zhong-jing's formulas, reducing herb patterns, and frequently used formulas. Be assured that any doctor can create numerous new formula prescriptions from these fifty herbs as long as they can truly understand every herb's indications and the herb combinations.
"Classic books should be read over and over again. After reading the books and contemplating on them, you will realize that the truth lies in the books." (Su Shi, Song Dynasty). The Discussion on Cold Damage and the Essentials from the Golden Cabinet are actual records of clinical practice. Doctors of all dynasties recommend reading Zhang Zhong-jing's book over and over again with a special focus on the clinical work which can provide significant insights.
I hope my work can inspire more people to learn about ancient traditional Chinese medicine. Only by learning from our ancestors can we make progress. Only when the root is embedded deeply into earth can branches and leaves thrive. The development of traditional Chinese medicine cannot be separated from its outstanding ancient lineage because it is truly the root of traditional Chinese medicine.
Index by Disease Names and Symptoms
Index by Chinese Medicinals and formulas
Professor Huang Huang was born in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province in 1954. He is currently the dean emeritus of the School of Basic Medical Science, professor, and supervisor to doctoral students in Nanjing University of CM.
He focused on investigating and summarizing the experiences of famous TCM clinicians and examined the different schools of classical formulas with a particular emphasis on studying the herb and formula indications after the 1990's. He developed the first questionnaire on the clinical experiences of famous TCM clinicians in China and has directed research on the academic experiences of 330 famous TCM clinicians in China, which was consigned by the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has also written collections on the clinical experiences of contemporary famous TCM clinicians, such as the Discussion on Formulas and Medicinals by Famous TCM Clinicians (名中医论方药), Insights about Formulas and Medicinals (方药心悟), and the Truth of Formulas and Medicinals (方药传真). He focuses on and advocates the study and application of TCM classical formulas, modern literature on single herb and formula indications, and the application for classical formula patterns on constitutional types.
Learning traditional Chinese medicine is challenging because of its complex nature. I was confused when it came to making some modifications to the formulas in clinic. After reading this reliable book, I feel confident that I have gained strong knowledge about ancient methods of Chinese herbal prescription and understood the secret behind using these formulas. -- Rachel Didier, L. Ac. and Chinese Herbologist
When Chinese doctors are diagnosing a patient, especially if they think from the perspective of classical formulas, what they focus on is the body's response to the environment. I think this concept is one of the principles illustrated by the this herbal formula book. -- Richard Provost, Chinese Herbologist