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Since 1949, China has worked to integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine, so that today both systems are used, along with a blend of the two. TCM is now researched using scientific methods at institutions such as the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, where Chongxi is a pharmacognosist. He has also authored numerous works on herbal medicine. Foster has authored several herb books (and coauthored the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants , Houghton, 1990). The authors introduce Western readers to a blend of the two systems by describing about 50 plants used in TCM that are also known to Westerners as ornamentals, weeds, or herbs (e.g., day lilies, gardenias, honeysuckle, privet, and forsythia). They cover in detail the uses, history, dosage, descriptions, cultivation, and processing of each plant. An excellent resource for alternative medicine collections.
- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
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"An authoritative guide to 44 common Chinese medicinal herbs grown in the U.S. but seldom regarded for their medicinal properties." (Natural Health)

". . . a detailed, readable guide to Chinese herbs, ornamental shrubs and flowering plants, and their medicinal uses." (Booklist, ALA)

". . . a valuable addition to plant science." (American Herb Association)

"Since 1949, China has worked to integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine, so that today both systems are used, along with a blend of the two. TCM is now researched using scientific methods at institutions such as the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, where Chongxi is a pharmacognosist. He has also authored numerous works on herbal medicine. Foster has authored several herb books (and coauthored the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants, Houghton, 1990). The authors introduce Western readers to a blend of the two systems by describing about 50 plants used in TCM that are also known to Westerners as ornamentals, weeds, or herbs (e.g., day lilies, gardenias, honeysuckle, privet, and forsythia). They cover in detail the uses, history, dosage, descriptions, cultivation, and processing of each plant. An excellent resource for alternative medicine collections." (Library Journal (Wednesday, July 01, 1992) Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville,)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; Original ed. edition (April 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813490
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Smith on February 5, 2009
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This book is great. It explains the modern uses of Chinese herbs as well as history & folklore. Wonderful addition to my herbal book collection. I also recommend Herbal Renaissance for western herb history. Both are by Steven Foster.
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Fabulous! Foster presents a fabulous array of Chinese herbs that is easily understood. With each herb there is detailed history, taste & character, functions, uses, dose, warning, description, distribution, cultivation, harvesting, processing, additional species and other uses.

You cannot get more thorough than that! I have an older edition but looking at the new version I am thinking I must add it to my library.
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Lots of good detailed information about many Chinese medical herbs, what parts of the plants are used and how they are prepared.
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I really liked all the information about the Chinese Herbs! I 'm taking my time reading this book instead of the usual speed reading that I do.
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