Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West: A Guide to Gardening, Herbal Wisdom, and Well-Being
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About Herbal Emissaries
This extensive and engaging book--the first collaboration between a
Chinese scientist and an American author and herbalist--blends traditional
wisdom from both cultures with scientific verification of the medical effectiveness
of many ancient Chinese plants, thereby deepening our knowledge of and
appreciation for ornamentals whose usefulness extends far beyond their
More plants have been introduced from China to American and European
gardens than from any other part of the world.
Many of the Asian species grown as ornamentals--such as daylilies, forsythia,
gardenia, peonies, crape myrtle, and mums--are widely used in traditional
The authors supply specific techniques for cultivating Chinese herbs
and flowers in Western gardens, as well as for using them medicinally.
About the Author(s) of Herbal Emissaries
Steven Foster is the author of Echinacea: Nature's Immune Enhancer and coauthor of the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants. An expert on the source plants of traditional Chinese medicine, Prof. Yue Chongxi (C.H. Yueh) has served since 1956 as pharmacognosist with the Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing.
Praise for Herbal Emissaries
"Since 1949, China has worked to integrate traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and modern Western medicine, so that today both systems are used, along with a blend of the two. TCM is now researched using scientific methods at institutions such as the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, where Chongxi is a pharmacognosist. He has also authored numerous works on herbal medicine. Foster has authored several herb books (and coauthored the Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants, Houghton, 1990). The authors introduce Western readers to a blend of the two systems by describing about 50 plants used in TCM that are also known to Westerners as ornamentals, weeds, or herbs (e.g., day lilies, gardenias, honeysuckle, privet, and forsythia). They cover in detail the uses, history, dosage, descriptions, cultivation, and processing of each plant. An excellent resource for alternative medicine collections."
Library Journal (Wednesday, July 01, 1992) Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
". . . a detailed, readable guide to Chinese herbs, ornamental shrubs and flowering plants, and their medicinal uses."
"An authoritative guide to 44 common Chinese medicinal herbs grown in the U.S. but seldom regarded for their medicinal properties."
". . . a valuable addition to plant science."
American Herb Association