This work is the third and last in a series that introduces the translation of classical Chinese medical texts. The selections that make up the chapters range from the late Han to the Qing dynasties, a period spanning over 1,500 years. The extensive vocabulary lists, detailed grammar notes, example sentences, and uncomplicated writing make this book suitable for self-taught learners or classroom study. Each chapter contains the text in its original as well as modern written forms, a vocabulary section, pinyin, text translation, and a detailed notes section which explains grammar and difficult sentences. For reference, there is also a simplified version of all of the texts, a complete index and glossary, and detailed suggestions for how to successfully utilize the material.
Volume III contains 15 selections, twelve of those focusing on herbal theory with texts including herbal monographs from the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, flavor theory from the Ling Shu and Tang Ye Ben Cao, and theories on creating and modifying formulas for specific illnesses and patterns from a variety of sources. The remaining three selections focus on acupuncture and channel theory from the Ling Shu, Zhen Jiu Da Cheng, and Nan Jing.