Page from the Bencao gangmu, or the Compendium of Materia Medica, written by the physician Li Shizhen (1518–1593). This edition was published by Tai he tang in 1655.
Li Shizhen ??? was a scholar of medicine and natural history who flourished during the late Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Though he wrote several poems and medical treatises, Li is best known as the author of the Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao gangmu ????,