Chinese Herbal Medicine research goes back more than 2,000 years, as evidenced by one of the oldest texts on the subject, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon also known as the Huangdi Neijing. Since that book, thousands of other books have been written about that text and the discoveries that have been made since “Huangdi Neijing” was written. Only a licensed herbalist should prescribe Chinese herbs, since the combinations are very specific to each person’s condition. We definitely do not recommend reading and self-prescribing, but we thought that our clients receiving Chinese herbal medicine in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County might be interested in knowing a little more about the topic.
Books about Chinese Herbal Medicine
“The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon”
As mentioned above, this is one of the oldest texts, and one that has been studied extensively. If you are a scholar-type and interested in the very beginnings of Traditional Chinese Medicine, you might want to take a look.
“Treatise on Cold Damage”
The other ancient text most referenced is “The Treatise on Cold Damage,” compiled by Zhang Zhongjing sometime before the year 220. It describes many herbal therapies, and if you have benefitted from Chinese herbal medicine in Santa Rosa or Sonoma County in the 21st century, you have no doubt benefitted from the knowledge first documented in Zhang Zhongjing’s book.
“Between Heaven and Earth”
This is the first book I ever read about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine years before I started acupuncture school. I like “Between Heaven and Earth,” by Harriet Beinfield, L. Ac. and Efrem Korngold, L. Ac., O.M.D because it is a good introduction to Chinese Medicine and describes how herbs are categorized and prescribed.
“The Way of Chinese Herbs”
This book, written by Michael Tierra, L.Ac., is great for the non acupuncturist. He covers the basics of Chinese Medicine theory and how herbs are prescribed. He also covers some herbal home remedies for various conditions. I would always advise you consult with a qualified practitioner before taking any herbs. They can cause problems if used incorrectly.
As a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, there’s so much I want you to know about what acupuncture and herbal remedies can do for you. Come and see me for improvements in almost every aspect of your health. We have a full pharmacy and only use the highest quality herbs from reputable sources.
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