Medicinal Orchids of Asia by Eng Soon Teoh

By Eng Soon Teoh

This designated e-book brings jointly a wealth of knowledge at the botanical, ethno-medicinal and pharmacological elements of over 500 species of Asian medicinal orchids. It begins via explaining the function and obstacles of complimentary and natural medications, and the way conventional Asian medication differs from Western, “scientific” drugs. different Asian clinical traditions are defined, in addition to their modes of getting ready natural treatments. The middle of the ebook offers person medicinal orchid species prepared through genera. every one species is pointed out by way of its reputable botanical identify, synonyms, and native names. Its distribution, habitat and flowering season, makes use of and pharmacology are defined. an outline sums up the examine findings on all species inside of each one genus. scientific observations are mentioned every time on hand, and attainable healing purposes are highlighted. The ebook closes with chapters at the conservation of medicinal orchids and at the position of randomized scientific trials.

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By Eng Soon Teoh

This designated e-book brings jointly a wealth of knowledge at the botanical, ethno-medicinal and pharmacological elements of over 500 species of Asian medicinal orchids. It begins via explaining the function and obstacles of complimentary and natural medications, and the way conventional Asian medication differs from Western, “scientific” drugs. different Asian clinical traditions are defined, in addition to their modes of getting ready natural treatments. The middle of the ebook offers person medicinal orchid species prepared through genera. every one species is pointed out by way of its reputable botanical identify, synonyms, and native names. Its distribution, habitat and flowering season, makes use of and pharmacology are defined. an outline sums up the examine findings on all species inside of each one genus. scientific observations are mentioned every time on hand, and attainable healing purposes are highlighted. The ebook closes with chapters at the conservation of medicinal orchids and at the position of randomized scientific trials.

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Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, Missouri. This is one of the two original species that constitute the herb, Shihu (growing on rocks) in the seminal Shen Nong’s Bencao Jing (Zhongyao Da Cidian and Zhonghua Bencao). Only those mentioned in the Shen Nong Bencao Jing are accepted by the purists to be indisputable TCM, whereas later additions would be considered under Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) (Figs. 6). In his overview of the development of CHM and the Bencao, Joseph P. Hou (1977) stated that, over the centuries, more than 50 different and revised Ben Cao (Materia Medica) which included compendiums on dietary therapy were published officially and unofficially.

Fragments of Chinese medical classics reached Korea as early as 200 CE, during which period Korean scholars used Chinese to record history and medical treatment. The Korean monk, Kwan Rok (Kwanroku Japanese), taught TCM practice in Japan in 602 (Huard and Wong 1968). The oldest TKM book in existence today is King Sejong’s 85-volume Hyang Yak Jip Sung Bang compiled in 1433. Twelve years later, King Sejang (1397–1450) headed a team of scholars to compile the 266-volume Eni Beng Yoo Chin, an enormous medical encyclopaedia.

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