Recommended Reading List

These are just my favorite books. There are many more out there - find the books that best suit your desires and focus. The starred books ( * ) are the ones I use most frequently, or find indispensable.

Field Guides

Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, Newcomb, Lawrence.*
Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, Radford, Ahles and Bell.*
Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary, by Harris and Harris
Peterson's Eastern Trees, George Petrides*
A Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Southern Appalachians, Robert Swanson *
Shrubs, Trees and Woody Vines of Smokey Mountain Nat'l Park, Arthur Stupka
The Shrub Identification Book, George Symonds and A.W. Merwin

Wildcrafting and Plant Gathering

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, Michael Moore (also for the "Mountain West")*
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants, "Wildman" Steve Brill
Peterson's Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, Steven Foster et al
Wild Roots, Doug Elliott (a local)

Medicinal Usage of Herbs

The New Holistic Herbal, David Hoffmann*
The Essential Book of Herbal Medicine, Simon Y. Mills*
All pamphlets by Michael Moore (available on the Internet)*
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno*
Plant Spirit Medicine, Elliott Cowan*
The Book of Herbal Wisdom, Matthew Wood*
The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra
Medicinal Mushrooms, Christopher Hobbs
Herbal Medicine, Rudolf Fritz Weiss (Advanced)
King's American Dispensatory, Felter and Lloyd (Advanced)
AHPA's Botanical Safety Handbook, McGuffin, Hobbs, Upton and Goldberg*

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Planetary Herbology, Michael Tierra*
The Web that has no Weaver, Ted Kaptchuk*
Energetics of Western Herbs, Peter Holmes
Between Heaven and Earth, Korngold and Beinfeld
Herbal Emissaries, Steven Foster and Yue Chongxi


The Yoga of Herbs, Dr. Vasant Lad and David Frawley*
Ayurveda: A Life of Balance, Maya Tiwari*
Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing, Dr. V. Lad Prakruti, Robert Svoboda

Western Medical

Taber's (or Mosby's) Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary*
Springhouse's Professional Guide to Diseases
The Merck Manual
Medical Physiology, Guynton
Internal Medicine, Harrison
Clinical Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple, 3rd ed., James Olson *
any good anatomy/physiology textbook*


Medical Herbalist*
Protocol Journal of Botanical Medicine


Thinking Like a Mountain, John Seed, Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming & Arne Naess
The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk
Poetry by Gary Snyder