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The Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs

2nd Edition

By Kee C. Huang


544 pages

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Hardback: 9780849316654
pub: 1998-07-27

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Records cataloging the healing powers of natural substances - plants, minerals, and animal byproducts - date back more than 4,000 years. There is no denying the effectiveness of traditional Chinese medicine, yet - until recently - the roots of this knowledge were largely lost in superstition and folklore. However, the use of herbs as an alternative medical treatment for many illnesses has increased steadily over the last decade, particularly since such herbs are categorized as "Natural Food Products" and are not yet subject to strict control by the FDA. Reports published in 1996 indicate that more than 10% of the US population has used herbal remedies.

This book does not debate the value of Eastern or Western medicine but brings together Chinese herbal lore and Western scientific methods in a current, comprehensive treatise on the pharmacology of Chinese herbs. This second edition of The Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs presents the chemical composition, pharmacological action, toxicity, and therapeutic value of 473 herbs.

The book:

  • Classifies herbs according to their therapeutic value

  • Informs how active ingredients in herbs may adversely interact with other herbs or drugs

  • Evaluates which herbs have the potential for more investigation and possible use as drugs

  • Describes the pharmacological action of each herb based on recent scientific study and describes each herb according to Chinese pharmacopoeia and folk medicine

  • Provides a review of Chinese medical history

  • Presents information on how to use modern chemical techniques for enhancing or modifying herbal ingredients into better agents with more strength and activity

    What's New in the Second Edition

    Discussions on:

  • Herbs and their specific effects on the immune system

  • Herbs and fertility/infertility

  • Anti-cancer herbs

  • Anti-HIV herbs

  • Anti-malarial herbs

  • Ginseng and ginsenosides

  • Anti-Alzheimer herbs

  • Herbs affecting the nervous system
  • Reviews

    "This well-referenced text is geared to the clinician and researcher. …There are improvements over the previous editions of this well-respected text…More specific dosages and herbs, and isolates have been added."

    --Christopher Hobbs, LAc

    "This valuable resource succeeds in its goal to help the Western scientist understand ancient Chinese herbal medicine from the viewpoint of modern pharmacology."

    - Kuo-Hsiung Lee, University of North Carolina

    "This compendium…is the definitive treatise on the subject…useful to medical researchers, physicians, historians, pharmacologists, and students."

    - William J. Waddell, M.D.

    Table of Contents


    A Brief History of Chinese Medicine

    The Cardiovascular System

    Herbs with Multiple Actions

    Cardiac Herbs

    Antiarrhythmic Herbs

    Antihypertensive Herbs

    Antianginal Herbs

    Antihypercholesteroliemic Herbs

    Antishock Herbs

    The Nervous System

    Anesthetics and Muscle-Relaxing Herbs

    Sedatives and Hypnotic Herbs

    Anticonvulsive Herbs

    Anti-Alzheimer and Nootropic Herbs

    Analgesic Herbs

    Antipyretic Herbs

    Antirheumatic Herbs

    Central Stimulating Herbs

    The Alimentary System

    Stomachic and "Wind"-Dispelling Herbs

    Herbs Promoting Digestion

    Antacid and Antiulcer Herbs

    Laxative Herbs

    Antidiarrheal Herbs

    Emetic and Antiemetic Herbs

    Choleretic and Antihepatitis Herbs

    Tonics and Supporting Herbs

    The Respiratory System



    Antiasthmatic Herbs

    The Genitourinary System

    Diuretic Herbs

    Herbs Affecting the Uterus

    Fertility and Contraceptive Herbs

    The Hematopoietic System

    Herbs Promoting Blood Formation

    Immunoenhancing and Immunosuppressing Herbs

    Hemostatic and Antistasic Herbs

    The Endocrine System

    Herbs Affecting the Thyroid Gland

    Herbs Affecting the Adrenal Cortex

    Antidiabetic Herbs


    Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungus Herbs

    Anti-Human Immunodeficiency Viral (HIV) Herbs

    Antitubercular Herbs

    Antiseptics and Disinfectants


    Antiamebial and Antitrichomonial Herbs

    Antimalarial Herbs

    Anticancer Herbs



    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
    MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
    MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
    MEDICAL / Pharmacology
    SCIENCE / Chemistry / General