Li Shih Chen

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Li Shih Chen

Li (surname 李) Li Shizhen 李時珍

Since the reign of the Yellow Emperor the tremendous work of listing over 30,000 herbs used in traditional medicine has steadily grown, but they are also listed under the properties of their roots and tubers, leaves and stalks, fruit and seeds, as well as the vast range of prescriptions that are available.

One of the most important works on this subject was written by Li Shih Chen, with over 12,000 herbs and herbal prescriptions. It was first published in China in the sixteenth century. Not only was he a traditional doctor, but he was also a qualified herbalist and pharmacologist, and his writings, which were called the Compendium of Remedies (Pen Ts'ao Kang Mu), were the result of nearly thirty years of experience and practical work.

"The Compendium of Materia Medica, also known by the romanizations Bencao Gangmu or Pen-tsao Kang-mu, is a Chinese materia medica work written by Li Shizhen during the Ming Dynasty. It is a work epitomizing the materia medica known at the time. The Compendium of Materia Medica is regarded as the most complete and comprehensive medical book ever written in the history of traditional Chinese medicine. It lists all the plants, animals, minerals, and other items that were believed to have medicinal properties."[1]

Further reading



Taoist Ways of Healing - The Chinese Art of Pa Chin Hsien

by Chee Soo

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