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Divine Farmers Materia Medica

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The Divine Farmer's Materia Medica: A Translation of the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing

By: Shou-Zhong Yang

The Shen Nong Ben Cao is the first known materia medica to have been published in China, said to have been written by the legendary Shen Nong, the Divine Farmer or Divine Peasant. As the oldest record of Chinese medicinals used in China, it includes a wealth of historical information about early descriptions and usages of approximately 300 Chinese medicinals, categorized by animal, vegetable, or mineral nature, not by their actions or the types of conditions they treat. Common uses for each medicinal may vary greatly from modern usage and for that reason this reference provides much food for thought for modern practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine


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  • ISBN: 0936185961