Herbal books for Herbalists

A Listmania! list by Herblady22 "Herblady" (Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY USA)
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The list author says: "There are lots of herbal books out there, some useful, others plain inaccurate. Too many are written by people who are not professional herbalists and lack the perspective to separate conventional wisdom from actual performance. These are the books I have found most useful in the last 10 years of herbal practice. They include herbals, books on diagnosis and related items."
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, Third Edition
1.  Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, Third Edition by Dan Bensky
The list author says:
  "A comprehensive listing of herbs used in Chinese medicine(but with significant overlap with Western herbs). When I went to update this with notes made on the second edition the material had already been added. Much improved with more information on alternate species, constituents, and modern uses. Still has the annoying multiple indexes but at least they are thumb cut. Well worth the investment."
$103.35   Used & New from: $87.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

Winston & Kuhn's Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach
2.  Winston & Kuhn's Herbal Therapy and Supplements: A Scientific and Traditional Approach by Merrily A. Kuhn
The list author says:
  "David Winston and Merrily Kuhn have written an excellent clinical manual on the use of herbal supplements, in a convenient pocket format- no mean feat for a 540 page book! 115 herbs and 14 nutritional supplements are presented in monographs which are detailed and clinically informed.  Despite a lack of photos, this is perhaps the best materia medica now available on western herbs."
$47.67   Used & New from: $34.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Chinese Medical Herbology & Pharmacology
3.  Chinese Medical Herbology & Pharmacology by John K. Chen
The list author says:
  "This book may even be better than Bensky's with more information on modern research and pharmocological information.  Excellent, and highly recommended for eastern or western herbalists."
$64.87   Used & New from: $57.65
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies
4.  Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies by Dan Bensky
The list author says:
  "A comprehensive listing of traditional Chinese herbal formulas, which is how herbs are used in Chinese medicine.  Tells what is in them, why herbs are included, how formulas are used and gives a historical background.  A  bit limited on herb drug interactions and uses mostly TC jargon.  But it is the bible of Chinese medicine herbalists in the US."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies, 1e
5.  Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies, 1e by Mitchell Bebel Stargrove
The list author says:
  "An excellent reference book that details the way 30 key herbs plus a wide variety of supplements work in the body, interact with each other and interact with drugs.  I have been waiting for a book like this for years."
$93.56   Used & New from: $78.00
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief
6.  Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston
The list author says:
  "David Winston is an herbalist's herbalist and a leading authority on adaptogenic herbs.  He knows more about herbs than most people I know.  This is a book about perhaps the most important herbs for those of us living in a stressed world, including such herbs as the ginsengs, cordyceps, ashwaganda and many others.  Well written and of use for people of all levels."
$14.98   Used & New from: $10.94
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements
7.  The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements by Paul Bergner
The list author says:
  "An extraordinary book documenting how American produce has declined in minerals during the 20th century.  From strip mined factory farming to blander species selection, food no longer contains what it used to, (1/3 loss of magnesium since 1975).  Discusses supplements and recommends mineral rich herbs.  Highly recommended."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Healing Power of Echinacea and Goldenseal and Other Immune System Herbs (The Healing Power)
8.  Healing Power of Echinacea and Goldenseal and Other Immune System Herbs (The Healing Power) by Paul Bergner
The list author says:
  "Not only about the two herbs and their alternatives, but the immune system and its modulating herbs.  Good for for background in the workings of the immune system (including for health care professionals.) Bergner has a gift for metaphor, describing IgA-saturated snot as a "sophisticated, genetically engineered antibiotic paste" IOW, don't try to stop your running nose!"
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A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warrior (Fireside Books (Fireside))
9.  A Tooth from the Tiger's Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warrior (Fireside Books (Fireside)) by Tom Bisio
The list author says:
  "An excellent book on topical herbal medicine from the martial arts tradition by a world class practitioner.  One of the few discussions of how different menstrums penetrate to different areas."
$14.55   Used & New from: $7.49
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic Herbal Treatm ents
10.  The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic Herbal Treatm ents by Alan Keith Tillotson
The list author says:
  "Alan Tillotson is a working herbalist who writes from the trenches.  He is also an extraordinary practitioner of Ayurveda, married to an outstanding TCM doctor.  This book is full of practical gems, useful to educated amateurs and experienced practitioners.  He has clear treatment suggestions for hepatitis, hypoglycemia, multiple sclerosis and uveitis.  Highly recommended."
$17.66   Used & New from: $6.89
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Combining Western herbs and Chinese medicine: Principles, practice, and materia medica
11.  Combining Western herbs and Chinese medicine: Principles, practice, and materia medica by Jeremy Ross
The list author says:
  "A practical materia medica that looks in depth at how Chinese and western herbs are used, energetics, limitations, pairing, combinations, cautions, extensive research, regulatory status and comparison of western and eastern usages, with extensive references, albeit for limited numbers of herbs.  Angelica alone is 14 pages.  Highly recommended for herbalists who combine paradigms."
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Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
12.  Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Mary G. Enig PhD
The list author says:
  "Nourishing Traditions demolishes many nutritional myths, conventional and alternative,  with its emphasis on fermented foods, jelled bone soups, and good fats like Omega 3s and the wrongly villified coconut oil."
$19.07   Used & New from: $11.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,361 customer reviews)

Fluid Physiology and Pathology in Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2e
13.  Fluid Physiology and Pathology in Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2e by Steven Clavey
The list author says:
  "Dampness and phlegm are among the most vexing elements in treating patients with Chinese Medicine.  This book is the best I have seen in discussing the physiological function of jin and ye fluids, pathogenic damp and phlegm and the organ systems that deal with them."
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Holistic Herbal    4th Edition: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
14.  Holistic Herbal 4th Edition: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies by David Hoffmann
The list author says:
  "A well illustrated herbal with special emphasis on British herbs."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual
15.  The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green
The list author says:
  "A useful guide to making herbal medicine, a bit basic."
$14.92   Used & New from: $11.42
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Pao Zhi: An Introduction to the Use of Processed Chinese Medicinals
16.  Pao Zhi: An Introduction to the Use of Processed Chinese Medicinals by Philippe Sionneau
The list author says:
  "This is the only book that deals with preparing medicinal herbs to alter their properties by such means as roasting, honey frying, wine frying, earth frying, vinegar frying,or calcining.  This can be applied to western herbs as well."
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Shang Han Lun: On Cold Damage, Translation & Commentaries
17.  Shang Han Lun: On Cold Damage, Translation & Commentaries by Zhongjing Zhang
The list author says:
  "Craig Mitchell's translation of Zhang Zhong Jing's On Cold Damage brings a scholarly look at this Chinese classic by the Hippocrates of China.  The genius of the formulas is illustrated."
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Shang Han Lun: Wellspring of Chinese Medicine
18.  Shang Han Lun: Wellspring of Chinese Medicine by Zhongjing Zhang
The list author says:
  "A more readable (although it uses Wade Giles) and less expensive substitute for the Mitchell translation."
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Women, Hormones & Menstrual Cycle: Herbal & Medical Solutions from Adolescence to Menopause
19.  Women, Hormones & Menstrual Cycle: Herbal & Medical Solutions from Adolescence to Menopause by Ruth Trickey
The list author says:
  "Excellent book on women, hormones and herbs to treat them.  She understands how to balance complex systems."
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Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy: Promising Nontoxic Antitumor Agents From Plants & Other Natural Sources
20.  Natural Compounds in Cancer Therapy: Promising Nontoxic Antitumor Agents From Plants & Other Natural Sources by John C. Boik
The list author says:
  "Much more recent than Donald Yance's book and quite good."
$30.40   Used & New from: $17.02
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer: A Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment
21.  Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer: A Comprehensive Program for Prevention and Treatment by Donald R. Yance
The list author says:
  "Donald Yance has a great grasp on the herbal treatment of cancer although his protocols depend a bit too much on kitchen soup mixtures- if one adaptogen is good, 20 are better.  The book is a few years old, but is still useful."
$18.40   Used & New from: $2.58
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences
22.  Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences by Matthew Wood
The list author says:
  "Matthew Wood covers the history of vitalism in western medicine.  An excellent herbal history that spans Arabic and Greek progenetors, through Paracelsis, the homeopaths and"
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Herbal Medication: A Clinical and Dispensary Handbook
23.  Herbal Medication: A Clinical and Dispensary Handbook by A.W. Priest
The list author says:
  "This was a revered text that I could never find, not the least because it was always called "Priest and Priest," which didn't work in the search engines.  Almost pharmaceutical in its language, but quite useful and was the standard text"
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The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines
24.  The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines by Matthew Wood
The list author says:
  "Matthew Wood uses herbs in an unusual way, matching personalities to plants then using near homeopathic drop dosages.  This is his book on the wisdom of plants."
$16.85   Used & New from: $8.89
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism
25.  Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism by Stephen Harrod Buhner
The list author says:
  "Get on the bacterial internet and see what the plants know.  Beautiful philosophical book on the more spiritual side of herbalism."
$13.16   Used & New from: $8.48
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Natural Medicine First Aid Remedies: Self-Care Treatments for 100+ Common Conditions
26.  Natural Medicine First Aid Remedies: Self-Care Treatments for 100+ Common Conditions by Stephanie Marohn
The list author says:
  "Okay, it isn't an herbalist's herbal, but she quoted me a lot."
$22.95   Used & New from: $0.38
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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