Chinese Herbal Formulas: A Clinical Handbook (2nd Edition)


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By Heiner Fruehauf
Hai Shan Press
236 pages
soft cover, spiral bound for easy clinical use

We hope that this book, and its coming editions, will be of use to you as you seek to come into a deeper, more vital relationship with the study and practice of Chinese herbal medicine. It has been specifically created as a clinical handbook for students and practitioners interested in a lineage based practice of herbal medicine. As such, this volume has a different structure and different content than most formulas textbooks. The principle of this text is to organize the common Chinese formulas into “formula families” associated with the chief, or most representative, herb in the formula.

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There are three main positive benefits to learning formulas according to herb families:

  1. Focusing on single herbs and their alchemical potential in combination with other herbs helps students gain deeper, and more accurate understanding of associated formulas.
  2. The categorization of formulas by single herbs is a more natural extension of the process of learning single herbs, increasing ease of learning and retention of information.
  3. Focusing on single herbs brings the focus back to plants and their effects rather than human-created intellectual categories.

The book features concise yet clinically relevant descriptions of 100 of the most commonly used Chinese formulas, and is designed to reflect the rich intellectual tradition and comprehensive, multi-layered theory that underlies the field of Chinese formula studies. In addition, this work reflects unique information from the diverse lineages that Heiner Fruehauf has been exposed to during 3 decades of herbal studies: i.e. concrete pulse information for classical Shanghan lun formulas in the highly practical pulse system transmitted by Drs. Zeng Rongxiu and Tian Heming; unique formulas from the Fire Spirit School of Sichuan herbalism, as well as remedies from the Raise and Descend School of the 17th century master Huang Kunzai transmitted by Dr. Wu Sheng’an.

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Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 1 in
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