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TMD:  The Traditional Medicine Database

1.  What is TMD?

bulletTwo interlinked databases: one for herbs and the other for nutrients.
bulletThe database for herbs is exactly the same as that used in TMD’s sister program, HerbBase; the database for nutrients matches the one for TMD's other sister program, NMD: this makes upgrading from either HerbBase or NMD to TMD extremely easy
bulletA modern, state-of-the art Materia Medica database
bulletUnlike most other programs available, you have complete editing control over all your data.  Whether you obtain data from us or enter your own, you can:
bulletDelete all or part of your data for any herb or nutrient;
bulletAdd data for new herbs and/or nutrients at whatever level of detail you wish;
bulletModify or append existing data on herbs and nutrients in any way you want
bulletEnter data easily from a variety of sources  
bulletInstantly rearrange and redisplay data in ways useful for prescribing, reference and learning — a process that using any other (even computerized!) method would be both laborious and prohibitively time-consuming.  See below for examples.
bulletInitially, TMD contains data on just a few herbs and skeletal information on 85 nutrients (vitamins and minerals).  The nutrient database also includes more than 6 Mb of data on food sources for the various nutrients (more than 7000 records on over 750 different foods).  From there you can:
bulletPurchase fully-referenced data directly from Dynamic Array (at very reasonable rates: click here for further information; you can also edit purchased data in any way you wish).  And/or you can
bulletenter data yourself on additional herbs and/or nutrients from any source: 
bulletfrom books and other printed media
bulletfrom other computer programs
bulletfrom the Internet.
bulletTMD makes it as easy as it can be to keep abreast of the latest information and to have it immediately available in whatever format you choose.

So, TMD provides you with the tools to build your own fully expandable Materia Medica database for herbs and nutrients from your preferred sources, and update it easily at your convenience. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs.

So, TMD provides you with the tools to build your own fully expandable Materia Medica database for herbs and nutrients from your preferred sources, and update it easily at your convenience. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs. Then instantly re-organise and display your data in any way to meet your current needs.

2.  Data Entry

TMD delivers the ultimate in control and flexibility in data entry.

bulletyou control the sources from which you build your database.
bulletfor most fields in the database, you can choose either or both of two data entry methods:
bulletin lists (for quick-and-easy reference); or
bulletin free-text formats (for entering information at whatever level of qualitative detail you wish)    (For a complete list of the fields available for data entry, see Fields.  To view full-sized pictures of the data entry forms in TMD for herbs and nutrients, click on the thumbnails below.)
bulletwhen you've entered data for a herb or nutrient, a single button-click will copy all the information to a new record:  all you have to do is provide the name of the new herb (or nutrient) and then make any necessary modifications.  A great time-saver when entering data on related herbs and nutrients!

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List-wise data entry:

bulletLets you enter abbreviated data on the qualities of herbs and nutrients in a way that is both extremely fast and also convenient for quick-and-easy reference.
bulletThe use of lookup lists makes data entry both fast and dramatically reduces the possibility of typing errors. Just press the Insert key whilst in one of TMD’s data grids and then enter the first two or three characters of the entry you wish to make: the lookup list appears, and you’ve a 90% chance that the item you’re looking for is already highlighted! Having found the lookup item, just press Enter and the entry is pasted into the grid.
bulletWhile the number of items already existing in lookup lists varies widely, a few (such as that associated with the 'Therapeutic Applications' grid) contain literally hundreds.  Click on the thumbnail below to view a full-sized picture of one of TMD's grids with its lookup list activated.

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bulletIf the item is not in the lookup list, finish typing it and press Enter: TMD will capitalize the first letter if you haven’t already done so and then not only add it to the records in the grid, but to the lookup list as well!
bulletIf you make a typing error whilst entering a lookup list item, you can correct it using TMD’s Setup and Maintenance form. Having done so, TMD will offer to automatically search all your grids and replace any incorrect entries!
bulletYou can also rate (or rank) both the herbs and nutrients most appropriate to
bullet(a) particular therapeutic applications and
bullet(b) actions for herbs and functions for nutrients
bulletthis information will then be immediately available when viewing the Prescribing Information form. The Food Sources, Absorption Locations, Absorption Enhancers and Forms of Availability of nutrients can be ranked in the same way: great for instantly finding the best herb or nutrient for the job in hand!

Free-text data entry

In the vast majority of fields, TMD lets you enter qualitative data at whatever level of complexity you desire, using the TMD Rich Text editor. This is, in effect, a sophisticated word processor, the major features of which are:

bulletFull text-formatting capabilities, including the use of color;
bulletSearch and replace;
bulletInsert and print graphics (pictures);
bulletOLE-enabled: if you have relevant data in other applications, create links to them so that when your data changes in TMD, so does the data in those other applications (and/or vice-versa)!
bulletURL-aware: enter the URL (address) of your favorite web site into the TMD Rich Text editor. Then, when you click on it, your default web browser will be started and you’ll be transported there automatically;
bulletSpell checking;
bulletAccess and update a list of references you’ve created whilst creating your Materia Medica. The ‘References’ memo can also be linked via OLE to other compatible third-party bibliographic databases
bulletActivated just by double-clicking a multi-line field or by single-clicking one of the form's buttons.

Click on the thumbnail below to see a full-sized picture of the TMD Rich Text Editor.

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Data entry in TMD is fast, flexible and powerful: all the features you want, without having to understand over-complex menu structures or learn many unnecessary commands!

3.  Data Re-organization and Display

Having entered data, you can quickly and easily rearrange and redisplay your information in ways that suit your needs of the moment using TMD’s Prescribing Information form. (Though designed specifically for prescribing purposes, this form will also be invaluable to the researcher and student as a "ready reference" and learning aid.)

bulletThe Prescribing Information form contains two main grids:
bulletone displays information on the qualities of herbs (with related grids and memo fields)
bulletthe other shows data for nutrients (with other related grids and memo fields).
bulletThe contents of these grids are controlled by clicking on radio buttons at the top of the form (you can choose from five characteristics of herbs and eight of nutrients, with "therapeutic applications" in common with both, and with the actions of herbs linked to data on the functions of nutrients).
bulletHaving selected one of the main grids, you can:
bulletsort its data on any field just by clicking on the buttons that form its column headings;
bulletsearch for data in the grid by entering a few characters;
bulletprint a comprehensive report on the selected item;
bulletview all your primary data on the herb or nutrient with just a couple of button-clicks.

In this way, you can quickly answer questions such as:

bulletWhat are all the actions of herb X?; and then, with a single button-click, display the answer to the question
bulletWhat are all the herbs with action Y?
bulletWhat are all the food sources of Vitamin A?; and then, with a single button-click, display the answer to the question
bulletWhat are all the nutrients to be found in food source Z?
bulletOne of TMD’s most powerful and useful features is the way it
bulletLinks data on the therapeutic applications of herbs and nutrients and
bulletLinks information on the actions of herbs with the functions of nutrients.
bulletSo, whenever you are viewing the therapeutic applications of a herb (or nutrient), you also see the equivalent data for nutrients, without having to do anything at all!!
bulletThe same applies to the actions of herbs and the functions of nutrients.   Click on the thumbnail below to view a full-sized picture of the Prescribing Information form displaying linked therapeutic applications data for herbs and nutrients.

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With TMD, there’s simply never been a more simple or convenient way to view the complex relationships between types of data!

4.  Other Features

bulletExtensive and flexible reporting/printing facilities;
bulletShare data with colleagues using TMD's downloading and uploading capabilities;
bulletAutomated saving and backup of data;
bulletComprehensive on-line, context-sensitive help with hypergraphics;
bulletEasy to learn and use (all program features can be accessed using on-screen buttons or other components such as radio buttons:  no need to search through complex menus!).

5.  Requirements

bulletWindows 95/98/NT/ME/XP;
bulletIBM-compatible 486 with 8Mb RAM (Pentium with 16 Mb RAM recommended);
bullet18 Mb hard disk space;

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Date last modified:  Wed, 16 April 2008