By Zhibin Zhang
The Ben cao gang mu, compiled within the moment half the 16th century through a staff led by means of the health care professional Li Shizhen (1518–1593) at the foundation of formerly released books and modern wisdom, is the most important encyclopedia of common heritage in a protracted culture of chinese language materia medica works. Its description of just about 1,900 pharmaceutically used average and man-made ingredients marks the apex of the advance of premodern chinese language pharmaceutical wisdom. The Ben cao gang mu dictionary bargains entry to this awesome paintings of 1,600,000 characters. this primary publication in a three-volume sequence analyzes the that means of 4,500 old ailment phrases.
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Extra info for Dictionary of the Ben cao gang mu, Volume 1: Chinese Historical Illness Terminology
Third, all former authors may have used a specific term with a certain meaning, and Li Shizhen may have added yet another meaning. An example is the term xue xia 㹰л. It is used as a distinct term in the BCGM thirteen times. In former times it was associated with the general meaning of “bleeding,” “blood loss,” or “hemorrhage,” identical with today’s chu xue ࠪ㹰. Hence the following passage from the Wai tai mi yao ཆ㠪〈㾱, chapter 3: Ⱳཙ㹼∂⯵ˈ啫㹴ᱟ⟡∂ˈ㹰лᮨॷ㘵ᯩ All types of recipes to cure diseases resulting from epidemic poison, nosebleed because of heat poison, and bleeding with a loss of several sheng.
PC, white variant of Æ feng zhen 付⯩, wind papules. ZBYHL 2: ⲭ⯩ᗇཙ䲠 䴘ߧࢷˈࠪ付ѝӖࢷ, “White papules turn to the worse if one encounters heaven’s yin as rain and cold. If outdoors one is struck by wind they turn for the worse too”. Bai zhuo ⲭ◱, white turbidity  ķ IS of turbid, white urine. In serious cases it assumes a pasty, fatty condition. In former times it was assumed that this results from a mixture of urine with sperm. QJYF 19: ⋫㲋ᨽˈሿˈ◱ⲭׯདྷ⋴ᯩ, “Recipe for dream ejaculation: It cures depletion injury and white turbidity of the urine”.
SW 44: ᙍᜣ❑マˈᡰ予н ᗇˈ␛ᯬཆˈޕᡯཚ⭊ˈᇇㅻᕋ㑡ˈⲬ⛪ㅻˈ৺⛪ⲭ␛, “When pondering is without limits, when one does not get what he had longed for, when [lewd] sentiments flow unrestrained to the outside and when one enters the [women’s] chambers excessively, [then] the basic sinew slackens. This develops into sinew dysfunction. It also causes white overflow”. Bai you feng ⲭ⑨付 white roaming wind  PC. The white variant of Æ chi bai you feng 䎔ⲭ⑨付, red-white roaming wind. BCGM SE wo luo 㶨㷪, recipe attached to sub-entry rou 㚹˖ⲭ⑨付㞛ˈ㷪㶴 㚹ޕ咭ቁ䁡ˈᩇ⌕䋬ѻˈ⾎᭸, “For white roaming wind with swelling add a small amount of salt to luo si meat, pound to pulp, and apply externally.