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Written by: Jayanthi
Monday, July 02, 2007

Herbal Health Bookshelf and Resource List:

**Books with links, open into amazon.com

Most books have been resource guides- I look into them for specific things, and have not yet read them fully. As I complete reading them, I will update the page.

Bach, James F. and Bach, Phyllis A.:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements ... A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) *I own 2nd edition.
This was given to me as a gift in 2006. I have basically used it as a reference book.

Chopra, Deepak: Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, Revised and Updated Edition
Some say that Deepak Chopra is selling India's spirituality and making money on it. Maybe. However, as I picked up this book, which details ayurveda (the Indian art of medicine), I was refreshingly surprised. He has been able to describe Ayurveda in terms of Western and Eastern understanding, and it is quite an easy to understand guide.

Fraser, Linda: Encyclopedia of Herbs & Spices
This was a gift given to me by my dad in 2004. He got it at a garage sale for $3. It was a bargain. It is full of colorful detailed photos of each herb in plant and/or spice form. It also has a listing of various recipes to use herbs in. My favorite part of the book is how they detail making various masalas (curry and cultural spice powders). They actually show color photos of the various spices and dhals used for each. Dhals can be difficult to discriminate if you don’t know much about them, and the photos take away a lot of that mystery. The book also demonstrates step by step how to make different things from herbs like potpourri bags, candles, face washes, tonics and dried herbs for decorations. It seems they tried to leave no ‘herb’ unturned!

Herbal Research Publications:
Naturopathic Handbook of Herbal Formulas: A Practical and Concise Herb User's Guide

Hylton, William H:
The Rodale Herb Book: How to Use, Grow, and Buy Nature's Miracle Plants (An Organic gardening and farming book)

McKenna, Dr. John:
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics
I have purchased this book in early 2007. I have yet to read it. A few experiences drew me to this book. One was the experience of meeting a 17 year old girl about 2 years ago who refused to take antibiotics. She, in fact, had a rare disease that had a side effect of reduced immunity with ingestion of antibiotics. Due to this, her family researched on it and enlightened me that overuse of antibiotics is not healthy for immunity. I have done a bit of research and have concluded this also. The other experience is a personal one. I had a bacterial infection that I have had in the past. I knew if I went to the doctor, I’d get antibiotics. I did not want to take antibiotics. After about a week of my own natural cures, which did seem to relieve it fully? I visited my Ayurvedic doctor who prescribed pomegranate juice for this. He said based on my dosha, the other juice could not clear out the infection as easy or quickly as pomegranate. And, was he right! Literally within a day, the discomfort was gone, and within 36 hours, I was back to normal!

Ody, Penelope:
The Holistic Herbal Directory: A Directory of Herbal Remedies for Everyday Health Problems

Shaudys, Phyllis:
The Pleasure of Herbs: A Month-by-Month Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying Herbs

Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha:
The Ayurveda Encyclopedia: Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention & Longevity
I purchased this book in 2006. It is a thick book of more than 300 pages and bulky. It is also costly as compared to other books. I debated purchasing it for those reasons. However, it was a book unlike no other exploring many facets of Ayurveda. It additionally discussed topics that I have not before this book, found discussed much in specific relation to Ayurveda: Aromatherapy, Sound Therapy (mantras, chakras, music), color and gems, lifestyle, exercise, counseling, pet care, Vastu Shastra, and Feng Shui. It is a comprehensive book.

Weil, Dr. Andrew: Spontaneous Healing : How to Discover and Embrace Your Body's Natural Ability to Maintain and Heal Itself
This book was a refreshing read on the many alternative medicine techniques that Dr. Weil has researched and practiced. Some of the items he discusses include how 'traditional medical doctors' can be pessimistic - creating bad vibes in their patients - rather than trying to explore more optimistic (ie. alternative and/or natural) treatment options. He also discusses more 'natural ways of improving our health,' including altering diet and natural cleansing techniques (ie. avoiding toxins and using tonics). He also has inserted many inspiring personal accounts he has collected from his patients throughout the book.

Verma, Vinod: Ayurveda for Life
I purchased this book in Chennai (Crossword Bookstore) in 2001. I have read it in 2001, but since have used it as a reference book.

Vora, Devendra:
Health In Your Hands / Acupressure and Natural Therapies (Health In Your Hands / Acupressure and Natural Therapies, 1)
This book is an interesting collection of information on health and natural healing from an Indian Ayurvedic and Eastern Acupuncture perspective. It is jammed pack full of interesting and quite odd and useful facts, information, hints on maintaining and rejuvenating your health.

Zak, Victoria: 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs
I purchased this book in 2005 and have read this book from cover to cover several times, and highly recommend this to anyone who loves herbal teas, wants to use them to heal ailments or is intrigued by the properties of teas. I often refer to this book if I have a minor ailment, and it has been helpful, especially in remedies for cough and cold (rose hips, provides vitamin C) and liver cleansing (milk thistle tea is wonderful) among others.

Website Resources:

Leung’s Chinese Herb News
I have been visiting this site since 2007. I have subscribed to their RSS feed and e-mail list. The information shared is detailed and scientific. I can apply this information to my daily life. It is a highly recommended site.

Personal Resources:

Ancient Universal Medicine, Rochester, NY.
Clinic of my Ayurvedic Doctor, Sonam Targee. This page was originally released on July 2, 2007. Updated May 2009.


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