Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China

The Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China (PPRC) is the official pharmacopoeia of China. The most recent English edition was published in 2015 and comprises four volumes. Volume 1 covers the Traditional Chinese Materia Medica, including Traditional Chinese Patent Medicines, while Volume 2 is dedicated to conventional pharmaceuticals. Volume 3 concerns biological products. Various appendices of the previous edition of the pharmacopoeia have been consolidated to make Volume 4.

Volume 1 contains two types of monographs: those of single drugs (Part 1) and those of fixed combinations (Patent Medicines) and simple preparations (Part 2). Single drug monographs include monographs for traditional drugs of plant, fungal, animal and mineral origin. More than 2,598 monographs of single plant (or fungal) drugs are included in the 2015 English edition of the PPRC.

Monographs in the English edition of the PPRC appear in alphabetical order according to the pharmaceutical Latin drug names. These names generally indicate the plant part(s) used as well as the genus and/or species of plant. For example, Semen Nelumbinis refers to lotus seed ('semen' being Latin for seed and 'Nelumbinis' referring to the generic name for lotus (Nelumbo). Similarly, Rhizoma Polygonati Odorati refers to the rhizome of Polygonatum odoratum ('rhizoma' meaning rhizome and 'Polygonati' referring to the generic name Polygonatum.

The PPRC contains an index to the drug names in pharmaceutical Latin, but unfortunately, no index to botanical binomials is included. This makes it difficult and time-consuming to find a monograph for a herbal drug unless its drug name in pharmaceutical Latin is known.

The List of Contents link provided below includes all single drug monographs of plant (and some fungal) drugs included in the 2015 English Edition of the PPRC and provides botanical binomial, botanical family, pharmaceutical Latin drug name, Chinese name, English name (as given in the PPRC), and plant part(s) comprising the drug. Traditional Chinese drugs of animal or mineral origin are not included in the list.

The list is presented in alphabetical order according to botanical binomial, but the list is fully searchable. 

Go to the List of Contents of the PPRC.