The Top 5 Books on Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine is one of the most intriguing subjects ever, which might explain why the subject has spawned so many books over the years. But there are some that are a must to read. How many of these have you read?

5. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments by Andrew Chevallier and Gillian Emerson-Roberts
This is probably one of the most comprehensive books out there on the subject. The authors present facts about each of the over 500 herbs that they outline in the book, as well as supplemental information about the plants’ Latin names. This book is indispensable to anyone who wants to build a herbal book library, or wants to just have it on hand for occasional reference.

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4. Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine by Barbara Griggs
Many people are apprehensive about herbal medicine, but what they do not realize is that long before medicine were in capsules on pharmacy shelves, they were available in every woods and forest in the form of plants to anyone who knew their uses. Barbara Griggs makes this clear in her book, in which she chronicles the origins of alternative herbal medicine. The book is available in paperback edition, making it possible to carry a portable instruction book on the subject. It’s published by Healing Arts Press, one of the most authoritative publishers in the alternative medicine genre, and is so popular in the herbal medicine community, that several editions have come out in recent years.

3. Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide by John W. Anderson, Larry Trivieri and Burton Goldberg
Viewed by many as the herbal medicine book of all herbal medicine books, this mammoth volume is priced at $39.95, but is worth every dollar. Put together by three editors of the widely-recognized pioneer herbal publication Alternative Medicine magazine, this book features therapies for everything from minor issues like bad breath to more serious illnesses as cancer.

2. Herbal Remedies: A Quick and Easy Guide to Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies by Asa Hershoff N.D. and Andrea Rotelli N.D

This book is written in collaboration between two authors with stupendous and credible medicinal background: Asa Hershoff, a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Naturopathic Doctor who is also the author of Homeopathy for Musculoskeletal Healing, and the founder of The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Andrea Rotelli, a naturopathic Naturopathic physician at Healing Alchemy.

1. Prescription for Nutritional Healing: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs and Food Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch

Name the ailment, and pretty much this book by Phyllis A. Balch will have a treatment for it. This nutritional counselor has her hefty book (about 600 or so pages) divided into three segments, and recommending herbal aids for many a common ailment.