Notes from South Mountain: A Guide to Concentrated Herb Granules

Ellis, Andrew

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As new copy. Offers a unique presentation of classical Chinese herb formulas available as concentrated granules. Theoretical and historical insights complement the clinical information that is the text's primary feature. Introduction including sections on prescribing and dosing; discussion of approximately 300 formulas; formula ingredients in both Pinyin and common names; comparisons of simililar formulas; discussion of each formula's use; advice on modifying; index of common disorders; extensive index of symptoms. xxi/496pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This book is a reflection of the author's belief that the modern practitioner of Chinese medicine in the West needs educational material that not only includes indications and functions of the formulas but that also ties this information to the roots of Chinese medicine and the real world of the clinic. To that end, its purpose is to help students and practitioners see classical formulas not as archaic and static fossils of intellectual dogma but as living, changeable expressions of a natural philosophy. It is the author's hope that the deeper understanding of Chinese medicine gained from appreciation of the formulas' origins and evolution will help practitioners successfully treat the complex and varied patterns that present in their practices.

The introduction includes both a section on how to prescribe and dose herb concentrates, and a section that describes the production of herb concentrates. The main formula section of the text presents functions, indications, and ingredients for almost 300 formulas (arranged alphabetically according to pinyin name), and includes textbook-style discussion and modification sections. Each formula discussion focuses on how the formula is used in the clinic, based on the evolution of its use from the time of its source text to the present. The discussion and modifications sections include both classical and modern uses, and seek to show the relationship between the two. Where relevant, the formula under discussion is compared with similar formulas, and guidelines for determining the correct formula for a given situation are provided. The material in the discussion and modifications sections is drawn from the author's experience, the experience of the practitioners with whom he has studied, the source texts (when available to the author), and commentaries by modern authors.

About the Author: Andrew Ellis first studied Chinese medicine with Dr. James Tin Yau So at the New England School of Acupuncture. He left New England in 1983 to study Chinese language in Taiwan and apprenticed with Chinese herbalist Xu Fu-Su there for several years. Later he studied internal medicine and gynecology at the Xiamen Hospital of Chinese medicine. While there he also specialized in the study of acupuncture with Dr. Shi Neng-Yun and dermatology with Dr. Zhang Guang-Cai.

Andy is the founder and owner of Spring Wind Herbs in Berkeley, California, has taught at several Colleges of Oriental Medicine and has authored, translated or co-translated a number of books on Chinese medicine including Grasping the Wind, The Clinical Experience of Dr. Shi Neng-Yun, Formulas & Strategies and Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine.

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