The Chinese medical classics: Ben Cao Gang Mu
by: Joe Hing kwok Chu
Ben Cao Gang Mu (Materia Medica Outline)﹐本草綱目,
of the most important
Chinese medical material books, written by
zhen (1518-1593)。It consists of 52 volumes, with more than 1.9 million characters and more than one thousand and one hundred pictures. The book lists 1,892 medical material of herbs, animals and mineral,
374 of which were new additions from the then known species, with11,096 formulae being used in the past.
It has more than 60 different editions. The book has been translated into
Japanese, French, German, Russian, Latin, etc..