This book is the English translation of the 1st volume of book written by Dr.Tsering Norbu in Tibetan titled ” Bod lugs gsoba rig pa’i skye dngos sman rdzas sngo ‘bum kun btus ” and translated by Dr.Thinley Choephel. Its Tibetan version is published by the Materia Medica Department of Men-Tsee-khang, Dharamsala in 2015.
In this English version, the contents are arranged alphabetically and the book contains 275 medicinal plants of five classifications such as herbs, tree, Thang-sman, cereals and aromatic plants with their names, synonyms, classification, class of materia medica, habitat and altitude, part used, period of collection and method of processing, taste and potency, and medicinal uses.
In particular it illustrates the medicinal plants with 360 of their images which benefits significantly for the purpose of identification. Along with that it clearly describes the concept of ” seven essential limbs of standardizing medicinal plants” and the concept of potency and quality of five cosmo-physical elements, which is the foundation of every antidotes of illness, with pictures and diagrams.