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Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals from the Personal Experience of Jiao Shu-De

Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals from the Personal Experience of Jiao Shu-De

Professor Jiao Shu-De has selected Paradigm Publications to produce his life work in English. Because his works are among the most used texts of internal medicine, his material has appeared in bits and pieces, some attributed, some not. To insure that a full and accurate presentation of this important material is available in English, Paradigm Publications has contracted the rights for his texts, the first of which appeared in print in Spring 2001.

Three expert translators are working on the project: Craig Mitchell, Marnae Ergil, and Shelly Ochs. Craig Mitchell, the translator of an acclaimed Shan Han Lun edition, is the chief editor. Nigel Wiseman is the sinological editor and Andrew Ellis is the clinical editor.

In the first volume, Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals Based on the Personal Experience of Jiao Shu-De (Yong Yao Xin De Shi Jiang), Dr. Jiao discusses approximately 300 medicinal substances in practical terms. He begins each section with basic information about a given substance, such as taste, temperature, and entering channels. This is followed with a discussion of the functions and indications for the substance. In this section, Dr. Jiao gives the details of specific practical applications for each medicinal, including representative formulas for a given function. In the final section about a given medicinal substance, he provides information about specific preparations and dosages, as well as some comparisons with other medicinals having similar or related actions. “Ten Lectures” is not designed to replace standard materia medica, but to supplement them with copious detail on clinical applications from his own personal experience. The book also presents information about the medicinals that is not available in English language materia medica. For example, he compares and contrasts medicinals that have similar functions to help practitioners make better clinical decisions.

Dr. Jiao also discusses a specific medicinal’s actions in the context of well-known and frequently-used formulae. Within practical discussions of medicinal agents, he explains fundamental theory, allowing all levels of student or practitioner to gain increased understanding. Dr. Jiao elucidates information that a practitioner may have already memorized but in a way that allows for better clinical usage of the information.

The Preface provides critical information about the study of the materia medica and the use of prescriptions. The final chapter discusses formula organization with specific examples from Dr. Jiao’s own clinical experience. Professor Jiao has extensive background educating clinicians. Having taught a range of students from barefoot doctors to advanced graduates of China’s key medical schools, he has developed considerable skill in teaching Chinese medicine. Jiao is an expert in internal medicine and his presentations will concentrate on the use of medicinals in clinical practice. His lectures and demonstrations will give students and practitioners access to his more than 60 years of clinical experience.

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JCM Review

"Everything in this materia medica reminds the reader that Jiao Shu-De is one of the great contemporary masters of Chinese medicine. His teachings, books and clinical experience influenced several generations of Chinese doctors… Indeed, he introduced a new way of studying Chinese materia medica, using comparisons, combinations, processed medicinals, personal experience, ancient quotations and modern research. This book is therefore a real asset to anyone who wishes for a thorough and practical approach to the Chinese materia medica. …[This translation] will enable the practice of Chinese medicine to reach a better professional level in the Western world. The use of a standard terminology will make both the study of Chinese medicine and the communication between professionals easier, which is essential for the development of our specialty. I definitely admire this book, its author and its translators."
Philippe Sionneau, CMD, Barcelona, Spain

"The translation of Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals is a wonderful addition to the Western practice of Chinese herbal medicine. Additionally, as a researcher, this translation helps us to emphasize the compelling need to study the usage of Chinese traditional medicine within its own system. Having definitive and highly readable literature improves our ability to communicate with our Western colleagues. While the first-hand ability to read medical Chinese is certainly the best way to read Chinese medical literature, for many of us this is not feasible. Therefore, having experts such as Craig Mitchell and colleagues produce accurate translations is invaluable for increasing the depth of knowledge of Chinese traditional medicine in the West. Thank you for such a valuable addition to the literature. I look forward to more of the same."
Misha Ruth Cohen, OMD, LAc, Clinic Director, Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine Research and Education Chair, Quan Yin Healing Arts Center Resarch Specialist, UCSF

"Ten Lectures on the Use of Medicinals is a worthwhile contribution to the transmission of Chinese herbal medicine to the West, both as an historical document and as a useful learning tool. Any clinician who has ever agonized over which exterior-resolving or qi-rectifying herb to pick for a given condition will find Professor Jiao’s comparisons between medicinals with similar properties especially helpful."
Charles Chace, LAc, Dipl CH

"There will always be ways in which a translation lacks something of the original, but those who have labored on this work have done much to improve the book. Points of meaning have been clarified, information about drugs and terms has been added and referencing capa"city" has been enhanced greatly. This is a work that will be useful for decades to come."
Nigel Wiseman, PhD, Chang Gung University, Taiwan



Publisher’s Foreword
Translator’s Preface
1. What To Pay Attention To
2. Effusing & Dissipating Medicinals
3. Draining & Disinhibiting Medicinals
4. Supplementing Medicinals
5. Qi-Rectifying Medicinals
6. Cold & Cool Medicinals
7. Warm & Hot Medicinals
8. Blood-Quickening Stasis-Transforming Medicinals
9. Miscellaneous Medicinals
10. Composing Formulas
Appendix: Glossary of Terms


Authortranslated by Craig Mitchell, Nigel Wiseman, Marnae Ergil and Shelly Ochs; edited by Nigel Wiseman and Andrew Ellis
PublisherParadigm Press
Number Of Pages730
Book FormatHardback

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