Ryan's Book Selection

Recommended Reading for the Home Apothecary

Our reading selection offers a thoughtfully curated collection of books, perfect for those seeking to deepen their understanding of Chinese medicine and herbalism. These works provide invaluable insights into the profound wisdom and practices of traditional herbal medicine, offering both foundational knowledge and advanced perspectives, and helping to inform the philosophy and theory behind our products and company.

Each resource has been chosen with meticulous care to support your journey in exploring the rich heritage and contemporary applications of ancient healing art and modern health and wellness.

Classical and Traditional Chinese Medicine

These books are the cornerstone of traditional practices, offering profound insights and detailed knowledge for serious students and practitioners.

Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing
Lorie Eve Dechar (2006)

The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine
Ted Kaptchuk (2000)

Pocket Handbook of Chinese Herbal Medicine
Hancheng Xu (1996)

Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica
Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble (2004)

Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas & Strategies
Dan Bensky and Randall Barolet (1990)

Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Cheng Xinnong (Ed.) (1999)

Chinese Natural Cures
H. C. Lu (2004)

The Root of Chinese Qigong: Secrets of Health, Longevity, & Enlightenment
Jwing-Ming Yang (1997)

The Way of Chinese Herbs
Michael Tierra (1998)

Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing: The Divine Farmer's Classic of Materia Medica
Sabine Wilms (2008)

The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis: Healing Personal, Cultural, and Ecological Imbalance with Chinese Medicine
Brendan Kelly (2015)

Foundations of Internal Alchemy: The Taoist Practice of Neidan
Wang Mu (2011)

Western Herbalism

Explore the rich traditions and modern applications of Western herbal practices with these essential reads, perfect for both novices and experienced practitioners.

The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual
James Green (2002)

Herbal Healing for Men: Remedies and Recipes
Rosemary Gladstar (2017)

The Way of Herbs
Michael Tierra (1998)

Sacred Plant Medicine: The Wisdom in Native American Herbalism
Stephen Harrod Buhner (2006)

The Male Herbal: The Definitive Health Care Book for Men & Boys (2nd ed.)
James Green (1991)

The Energetics of Western Herbs (Vol. 1 and 2)
Peter Holmes (1989)

General Health and Wellness

Blending modern perspectives and science with time-honored wisdom, these books make learning about health, wellness, and longevity engaging and rewarding.

Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health: A Complete Guide to the Food-Mood Connection
Leslie Korn (2016)

Natural Remedies for Low Testosterone: A Safe and Effective Guide to Restoring Hormone Levels
Stephen Harrod Buhner (2014)

The Natural Testosterone Plan: For Sexual Health and Energy
Stephen Harrod Buhner (2007)

Medicinal Mushrooms: The Essential Guide
Christopher Hobbs (2020)

The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity: A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient Way
Daniel Reid (1989)

The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom
Robert Peng and Rafael Nasser (2014)

The Sexual Herbal: Prescriptions for Enhancing Love and Passion
Brigitte Mars (2008)

Holistic Anatomy: An Integrative Guide to the Human Body
Tammi Sweet (2008)

Recipes for Self-Healing
Daverick Leggett (2001)

Body Encyclopedia: A Guide to the Psychological Functions of the Muscular System
Lisbet Marcher and Sonja Fich (2010)

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh (1999)

Job's Body: A Handbook for Bodywork
Deane Juhan (2003)


These books offer unique perspectives and insights that don't fit neatly into the other categories but are valuable additions to your reading list.

Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam
Quang Van Nguyen and Marjorie Pivar (2004)

The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age
Richard Louv (2011)

Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England
Tom Wessels (1997)

Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine
Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold (1992)

Atlas of Perfumed Botany
Jean-Claude Ellena (2022)

Colors of the Mountain
Da Chen (2000)

Atlas of Perfumed Botany
Jean-Claude Ellena (2016)