This list is not complete nor is it meant to be exhaustive. Certainly there are excellent books omitted unintentionally. This list also reflects a certain bias so take it as an idiosyncratic collection of wonderful books and enjoy!
This list is arranged alphabetically by topic or author’s last name.
Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life by Todd Caldecott
Bar none this is the best English language textbook on Ayurveda. This book is only surpassed by Mr. Caldecott’s own course text that accompanies his Inside Ayurveda course. As Paul Bergner has said of this text: “To date, however, there has not been a single comprehensive textbook on the topic written for the Westerner, by a Western clinical practitioner. Todd Caldecott’s book now fills that gap, and also corrects some common misconceptions about Ayurveda. “
Ayuveda in Nepal: Ayurvedic Principles, Diagnosis and Treatment. Edited by Vaidya Madhu Bajra Bajracharya, Alan Tillotson L.Ac. Ph.D. and Todd Caldecott Cl.H.
You will be benefitted by having prior knowledge of Ayurveda when approaching this excellent book on the teachings of Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracharya (Dr. Mana) of Kathmandu. Dr. Mana was an amazing clinician with a deep understanding of Ayurveda and thus this book is a gift.
Food and Nutrients
The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements by Paul Bergner
This book might be difficult to find but it’s worth the effort. This book is a gem as it provides many insights into the often underutilized approach of using nutrients to restore and maintain health.
Food as Medicine by Todd Caldecott
Mr. Caldecott’s multidisciplinary approach to this book makes it a must have for anyone trying to understood not only how to eat appropriately for health but also for all things related to the preparation, cooking, storing, fermenting, and combining of food. You can read more reviews of this book on the book’s website.
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon
Prior to Todd Caldecott’s book above (Food as Medicine) this was the book for a coherent, modern view on diet/nutrition. In addition to its coverage of nutrition it also is an excellent cookbook and remains recommended.
The Fungal Pharmacy by Robert Rogers
“The Fungal Pharmacy is a great book for anyone interested in the medicinal properties of mushrooms. In this rapidly developing field, I am delighted to recommend this book to both amateurs and professionals. Robert Rogers has made a significant contribution … highly recommended!” —Paul Stamets
Anything by Paul Stamets
Less so about the herbal usage of fungi and more so about mushroom cultivation, use, and identification, Paul Stamets is an exceedingly accomplished mycologist.
Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Stephen Harrod Buhner
“With antibiotic-resistant infections on the rise, herbal remedies present a naturally effective alternative to standard antibiotics. Herbal expert Stephen Harrod Buhner explains the roots of antibiotic resistance, explores the value of herbal treatments, and provides in-depth profiles of 30 valuable plants, noting the proper dosages, potential side effects, and contraindications of each.”
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Commentary On The Discussion of Cold Damage With Annotations or Zhu Jie Shang Han Lun
This 976 book marks an important entry of English language translations of important TCM works. Highly recommended.
Herbalist Matthew Wood is known for his deep understanding of traditional Western Herbalism amongst other things. Without his work my understanding of Western herbalism would be at a loss. Although we do not always find ourselves in agreement with some of his homeopathic approaches we are truly grateful to have such a wonderful person to disagree with. Matthew has authored many books and we can recommend them all (the only one we haven’t obtained yet is the one on pulse analysis):
- Seven Herbs: Plants as Teacher (1987)
- Vitalism: The History of Herbalism, Homeopathy, and Flower Essences (1993)
- The Book of Herbal Wisdom (1998)
- The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism (2004)
- The Earthwise Herbal: Volume I (2008)
- The Earthwise Herbal: Volume II (2009)
- Traditional Western Herbalism and Pulse Evaluation: A Conversation by Matthew Wood (2014)
- The Earthwise Herbal Repertory (2016)