This set of six volumes provides a systematic and standardized description of , chemical components isolated from , medicinal plants, collected from , books articles published in Chinese and international journals A chemical structure with stereo chemistry bonds is provided for each chemical component, in addition to conventional information, such as Chinese and English names, physical and chemical properties It includes a name list of medicinal plants from which the chemical component was isolated Further, abundant pharmacological data for nearly , chemical components are presented, including experimental method, experimental animal, cell type, quantitative data, as well as control compound data The seven indexes allow for complete cross indexing Regardless whether one searches for the molecular formula of a compound, the pharmacological activity of a compound, or the English name of a plant, the information in the book can be retrieved in multiple ways These are meant to be reference books that I ll be using as a p t student and for learning looking at TCM aspects newer to me It was sourced from 5500 researched sources authors and 6900 medicinal plants supposedly on a global context As a casual learner, that is a heck of a lot of medicinal flora pages to flip thru But it is a flora reference resource, not for the light reader into pleasure fiction fable.