Compendium of Materia Medica cover

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

Compendium of Materia Medica


The Compendium of Materia Medica or Bencao Gangmu (本草纲目) is a Chinese herbology volume written by Li Shizhen during the Ming dynasty; its first draft was completed in 1578 and printed in Nanjing in 1596. It is a work that lists the materia medica of Chinese medicine known at the time. It lists plants, animals, minerals, that were believed to have medicinal properties.
Read more or edit on Wikipedia

original title: 本草綱目
language: Classical Chinese
date of publication: 1578 or 1596
genre: pharmacopoeia

Ebooks: on Wikisource


nothing here


  • no edition found
add an edition without an ISBN

Welcome to Inventaire

the library of your friends and communities
learn more
you are offline