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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"