Natural medicine books are the easiest way to learn more about herbal and alternative methods for complementary treatments. If you’re looking to get into herbal remedies or alternative medicine or simply want to know more about them, then check out our recommendations. 

Alternative medicines have been used for centuries, with some cultures (ex. Chinese medicine) dating back thousands of years. In fact, Ayurvedic Medicine was developed in India 3,000 years ago and is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. Herbalism and alternative medicines can be used by themselves or in combination with conventional medicine. 

Books can be one of the best ways to learn about a new topic you’re interested in or how to do something you are not yet familiar with. Natural medicine is a genre that has plenty of great books to choose from and a wealth of knowledge for you to benefit from. If you’re looking to get into herbal remedies or alternative medicine or simply want to know more about them, then check out our recommendations.  

Herbal Remedies Books 

  1. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: 550 Herbs and Remedies for Common Ailments   

This book is an all-encompassing guide to herbal medicine and perfect for any novice. This encyclopedia will give you insight into the different herbs and plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. Using these herbs and plants, you can come up with alternative treatments for almost 200 different common health conditions, and all from your own personal garden. It will also guide you through the steps to creating that personal garden. With 550 essential herbs and plants indexed (with pictures) so that you can easily look them up, you can quickly learn about the best way to create safe and effective remedies. 

  1. Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use 

In this one, Rosemary Gladstar goes into great detail about 33 herbs that you can grow in your backyard and use for natural treatments. Gladstar shares her own personal story of how her grandmother taught her the power of herbs and showed her exactly which plants can be turned into a remedy. Learn the characteristics of these herbs so that you can also recognize them and utilize them as teas, oils, salves, and other healing remedies. For example, you can read about a “recipe” for an aloe lotion that can be used after exposure to poison ivy. Everyday health problems, such as different strains of cold and flu, and minor aches and pains can be treated with the herbs mentioned in this book.  

  1. Ancient Remedies: Secrets to Healing with Herbs, Essential Oils, CBD, and the Most Powerful Natural Medicine in History 

Find out about herbs that promote health, longevity, and much more. The author, Dr. Josh Axe, understands that pills are overly prescribed in modern medicine and often come with unwanted side effects. Here, he explores alternative medicines as an ancient method that have been used all over the world. You will also read about how practitioners used to identify the cause of diseases and the methods they used to restore health. The foundational concepts of these ancient medicines are presented to show you how to live a more natural lifestyle and, more importantly, to do so without costly prescription drugs. 

  1. The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide 

This book is essentially a how-to guide on making and using 250 herbal remedies at home. The authors cover everything in this book, from harvesting, preparing, and administering herbs and there is even a full chapter on herbal hydrotherapy. You can find out about bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar, and oil, and how to prepare essential oils and flower essences. The authors have personally developed, tested, and proven that the herbal formulas they offer actually work. This book is beautifully illustrated and perfect for those who seek to find effective natural treatments and save money in the process. 

Alternative Medicine Books 

  1. The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness (Updated and Expanded Edition) 

While most people may not consider the association between emotions and health, an association does exist nonetheless. Holistic physician and lecturer, Dr. Bradley Nelson has written this book to bring readers a better understanding of how our emotions affect our health and what we can do to manage our emotions so that we do not bottle them up until they become toxic. You will be given the tools you need to identify emotions and how to rid yourself of them. By opening yourself up to positive energies in the world, you are allowing yourself to embrace a happier and healthier life. 

  1. Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook 

Diet accounts for a lot when it comes to health and having a balanced diet is essential to good health. The author, Sahara Rose Ketabi, has provided you with over 100 recipes that are plant-based, gluten free, and dairy free. The recipes are perfect for everyday meals and are derived from the Ayurvedic lifestyle, which promotes the individual’s needs above a one-size-fits all type of diet. The author wants you to be able to look at food in a whole new way and blend together traditional Ayurvedic recipes and modern nutritional science. Learn how to feed yourself based on your body’s needs and what foods provide you with the best nutrition. 

  1. Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism 

A bestseller that is now available in 14 different languages. Readers can learn about the way the Vagus nerve works in relation to our physical and psychological being. Stanley Rosenburg describes the way the Vagus nerve affects our mental and physical health, from anxiety and depression to back pain and headaches. You will receive self-help exercises that will teach you how to self-regulate your vagus nerve to help relieve you of the symptoms of the condition you are suffering from. This book is described to be perfect for psychotherapists, doctors, caregivers, and anyone else who deals with the effects of chronic stress and depression. 

  1. The Breathing Cure: Develop New Habits for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life 

This next book is all about breathing and the proper breathing techniques to restore balance in the body. Different breathing techniques can help improve blood circulation and get oxygen to the cells and the brain. It can also help improve sleep and reduce stress, especially during anxiety attacks or whenever someone is experiencing anxiety in general. So, this book gives you up to 26 different breathing exercises and describes how each one can improve or restore some sort of function in the body.  

  1. Acupuncture Points Handbook: A Patient’s Guide to the Locations and Functions of Over 400 Acupuncture Points 

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine and is still practiced all over the world to this day. Anyone looking to get started with acupuncture or simply wish to know more about it, then this is the book for you. There are over 400 acupuncture points discussed in these pages and descriptions of what they do in the body. This book teaches you how to use acupuncture for different ailments, including stress, fatigue, pain, insomnia, digestive problems, emotional disorders, and much more.  

Curious to Know More About Natural Medicine 

If you are interested in speaking with a doctor about incorporating natural medicine in your daily life or combining them with your traditional medical treatments call Shakthi Health and Wellness Center today! Dr. Jyothi Rao is a highly skilled and experienced physician who can effectively evaluate your symptoms and optimize your body’s vitality. Call (301) 703-5067 and speak to our concierge staff to schedule your appointment today 


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