This work begins with a general introduction to Chinese herbs,
covering their taste and nature, tendency of Lifting, Lowering, Floating
and Sinking, toxicity and regularity of administration. The second part
of the book briefly introduces and systematically examines the 326
herbs most commonly used in clinics. The herbs are arranged into 23
categories, according to their different therapeutic actions.
Compatibility is laid out in the form of tables that list compatible
herbs, indications and prescriptions which commonly use one herb. The
names of each herb in this book are given in Pinyin and Chinese
characters, standardized by "Pharmacopeia of the People's Republic of
China" published in 1990. All herbs listed are indexed according to
Chinese characters in the stroke numbers or alphabetically according to
Pinyin, Common name, Pharmaceutical and Botanical name systems and
Classification of herbs according to their functions.