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Professional Herbalist Course Books

$128.99 $95.99

The following five books are recommended (but not required) as supplemental reading material for the 36 Lesson Professional Course. Buy the bundle and save! Purchased separately: $128.99; As a bundle all 5 together, save 25%, pay only: $95.99

  • The Way of Chinese Herbs by Michael Tierra
  • The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs by Karta Khalsa and Michael Tierra
  • Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel
  • The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green
  • Tao of Nutrition by Maoshing Ni

Herbal Tarot Deck & Spirit of Herbs Companion Book – Set


The Herbal Tarot Deck with companion book, Spirit of Herbs. Set co-authored by Michael Tierra and Candis Cantin. The Spirit of Herbs book is now back in print and provides informative and invaluable descriptions for the cards. Book and deck also sold separately.

The Herbal Tarot Deck, created by Michael Tierra and designed by Candis Cantin, integrates the healing properties of traditional herbs with the symbolism of tarot. A different herb is identified and illustrated on each card.

The Spirit of Herbs: A Guide to the Herbal Tarot: This fascinating and complete guide to the Herbal Tarot will teach you:

  • spiritual properties of each herb featured in the deck
  • how to tap the medicial properties of herbs
  • how to use herbs and tarot cards as talismans
  • the tarot symbolism of herbs
  • how to use the Herbal Tarot for readings on spiritual and health issues
  • meditation techniques using the cards

Biomagnetic and Herbal Therapy, by Michael Tierra


Magnetic energy is the structural force of the universe. Explore the healing influence of magnets for many conditions and the sometimes miraculous relief from such problems as joint pain, skin diseases, acidity, blood pressure, tumors, kidney liver, thryoid problems, and more.

Magnetizing herbs, teas, water and their usage in conjuntion with direct placement of magnets for synergistic effectiveness is presented in a systematic, succinct and practical manner for the benefit of the professional and lay person alike. Replete with diagrams and appendices, this is a how-to-do practical handbook for augmenting health and providing relief from pain.

A Kids Herb Book, by Lesley Tierra

5.00 out of 5

The growth of the natural health, alternative medicine and herbal markets is phenomenal. Myriads of books are published several times a year on these topics, yet few to none are for children themselves. People interested in these fields usually have children, and so have great interest in an herbal their children can learn from, read and use.


Treating Cancer with Herbs by Michael Tierra

$27.95 $22.36

In this book, Dr. Tierra provides a complete, systematic approach to treating cancer from a holistic perspective, while detailing the entire range of herbs and herbal medicines available to the practitioner and the patient alike. He adds his clinical experience and his deep compassion to create perhaps the definitive guidebook on cancer treatment for today’ s world. 508 pages.

Botany in a Day, by Thomas J. Elpel


We highly recommend this book to all our herb course students. This wonderful book is easy to understand and includes more than 100 plant families, 300 quality illustrations and over 650 genre. Learn how related plants have similar features for identification, and often have similar properties and uses.

Paperback, 221 pages, 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches

Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Vol. I and II, by Michael and Lesley Tierra


As a student of herbology you will appreciate the knowledge and outstanding value these two volumes offer. Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine is an invaluable resource. The first volume, Diagnosis and Treatment focuses on theory, principles, diagnostic methods and treatment modalities that are an essential part of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This volume provides background and theoretical framework for the reader to understand and apply the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 408 pgs.

The second volume, Materia Medica and Herbal Reference, has been organized and developed to make Chinese herbology accessible to the Western reader or practitioner. This volume includes extensive use of Chinese herbal formulae and specific treatment of disease conditions. There are a number of useful index listings including Latin Name, Chinese name, Chinese herbal formulae, disease conditions and general index. 480 pgs.

Save $8.95 on two volume set.

Healing with the Herbs of Life by Lesley Tierra


Healing with the Herbs of Life, is one our most popular herb books. Taking two years to update, revise, combine and add on to her original books, The Herbs of Life and Healing with Chinese Herbs, this 438 page volume is a must-have for lay herbalists and professional practitioners alike.

To quote Michael Tierra Healing with the Herbs of Life is the best western herb books now available. With all the popular herb books out there, Lesley has set a new standard because it is written by a practicing herbalist with over twenty years clinical experience. If you follow the information within you will be given maximum opportunity of success in treating yourself and others. A must have.

Lesley says that besides the expanded chapters on diet, materia medica, diagnosis and tidbits throughout, what is unique about Healing with the Herbs of Life is the newest 114 page chapter on Treatment of Specific Conditions, fully based on my clinical experience using Western and Chinese herbs. I have written this chapter to provide quick easy remedies for the lay herbalist as well as included specific Chinese and Western herbs and formulas for the professional to treat the many TCM patterns underlying the addressed ailments. This book focuses on healing, not curing, by addressing dietary, lifestyle and emotional issues along with giving herbal and adjunct therapies to heal the whole person.

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Paperback, 438 pages, 10.0 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches

Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners, by Dr. Lawrence Wilson


This is a practical guide designed for any practitioner (including licensed ones) to help avoid legal problems. Chapters discuss how to present oneself, how to talk about ones work to assist protection, record keeping, privacy, insurance and many other topics. Later chapters explore occupational licensing laws, constitutional rights and the Ninth Amendment. The book also includes sample disclosure, disclaimer and consent forms.

Paperback, 79 Pages, 8.5 x 11 inches


Metaphor-phosis by Lesley Tierra

$17.99 $13.49


Priced at $17.99, Metaphor-phosis has 253 pages packed with wisdom, inspiration and guidance to transform your health and emotional/mental/spiritual issues from those of pain to ones of power.

This is a perfect gift not only for you but also your friends and family as well.This is a major part of Lesley’s life’s work and personal soul’s journey and she offers this special price to help you thank your illnesses so you can shift from pain to power and help others do so, too.

Do the same things happen to you over and over?

Do people treat you in similar ways?

Do you feel stuck in repeating negative patterns?

In over 30 years of clinical practice I’ve learned that most people’s health problems stem from deeper emotional, mental and spiritual issues that arise from past wounds and stories and organize into recurring life patterns. This, coupled with my own journey in self-healing

, has taught me that

whether you want to improve your life or make major changes, the “magic” key lies in discovering your limiting subconscious patterns and diffusing their energy so when you focus on what you desire instead, there’s nothing in the way to block its manifestation. My new book, Metaphor-phosis: Transform Your Stories from Pain to Power, helps you do just that – catalyzes a potent shift so you emerge a different person.

To truly change your outer life it’s necessary to first shift your inner life. Through a complete toolbox that takes you beyond mere psychological tricks and into the dimension of Spirit, Metaphor-phosis helps you harness the extraordinary power within to transform your life.

Order your copy now!

-Lesley Tierra


“It’s honey for my soul.” L.V., Santa Cruz, CA

“What an important work!” A. C., Chicago, IL

“This book is insightful, intriguing, fascinating, highly practical and very well written. This information will be quite beneficial to those who seek to overcome their dysfunctional patterns and develop a freer, more fulfilling life. Very well done!” R.J, Bloomington, Indiana

The Way of Herbs, by Michael Tierra


The revised version of The Way of Herbs. The new fully updated version has the latest developments in herbal science Michael Tierra has added a considerable number of herbs to the materia medica and specific treatments, to the text.

The book includes a revised chapter on botanical cancer treatments and uses for magnetic therapy.

Thirty-two new herbs have been added, and many have been updated on the basis of latest research.

Paperback, 416 pages, 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.0 inches

The Way of Chinese Herbs, by Michael Tierra


The Way of Chinese Herbs is a wonderful, easy to follow and highly informative book. Michael writes in great detail about Chinese herbs different uses and makes the knowledge of an ancient world available to us through step by step instructions on how to make soups, teas and tinctures for greater wellbeing.

The book includes instructions for buying, preparing and integrating Chinese herbs into daily life. Hundreds of Chinese herbs and formulas for common health problems are introduced and the Planetary Herb Formulas, the unique integration of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal traditions, make this book a complete guide to natural healing and health.

Paperback, 475 pages, 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches

The Tao of Nutrition, by Maoshing Ni, Ph.D., with Cathy McNease,


This book shows how to take control of one’ s eating habits. It includes principles of Chinese nutrition and philosophy, descriptions of over 100 common foods, listing their energetic properties, therapeutic actions and individual remedies, plus nutritional remedies for many common ailments. Updated Third Edition April 2009.

Paperback, 239 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

The Treatment of Modern Western Medical Diseases with Chinese Medicine by Bob Flaws


The book covers acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment of more than 65 modern Western diseases, many of which have never been discussed in the Chinese medical literature. A partial listing of some of the diseases covered include: allergic rhinitis; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Alzheimers disease; benign prostatic hypertrophy; bronchial asthma; carpal tunnel syndrome; cervical spondylosis; chronic active hepatitis; and many more.

Western Herbs according to Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Practitioner’s Guide by Thomas Avery Garran


The first book to exclusively use Chinese medical theories and terminology to guide practitioners of Chinese medicine in the use of Western herbs

• Written entirely according to the theory, diagnosis, and treatment paradigm of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

• Explains how to combine and modify the standard TCM formulas to non-Chinese herbs suitable for Western practitioners

• Includes 58 monographs of common Western healing herbs, detailing how each plant is used clinically

The ever-growing number of Chinese medicine practitioners in the West has brought about an amalgamation of many styles of Chinese medicine and various other forms of medicine from around the world. This book addresses the increasing demand for knowledge of how to integrate plants from outside the standard Chinese materia medica into the fold of Chinese medical practices in the West. It is the first in-depth guide to using Western herbs exclusively according to the theories, diagnoses, and treatments of traditional Chinese medicine that harmonizes the unique terminology and theories of TCM with other botanical medicines.

The book contains 58 monographs, illustrated with full-color photographs, of herbs commonly used by Western herbalists. Each herb is grouped by the basic categorization for medicinals in Chinese medicine, such as Herbs that Resolve the Exterior and Herbs that Regulate Blood. The monographs detail the energetics, function and indication, channels entered, dosage and preparation, and contraindications of each plant. The author also explains how to use the herbs to modify standard formulas used in everyday Chinese herbal medicine, based on his own clinical experience. An appendix of Western Analogs for Chinese Herbs further highlights 40 Chinese medicinals that have related species growing in the West.

Dui Yao: The Art of Combining Chinese Medicinals by Philippe Sionneau


Based on 2,000 years of recorded clinical experience, certain combinations of Chinese medicinals work better than others. Although theoretically there may be several possible combinations which might achieve a certain therapeutic effect, in actual fact, one combination in particular gets definite dependable results. This book describes over 100 of the best known, most useful two medicinal combinations. Using this book, one can more easily understand the construction of standard, time-tested formulas. One will be able to modify standard formulas to fit the needs of real- life individual patients, and will be able to compose entirely new formulas based on this empirically verified two medicinal building blocks. So whether you are a beginning student or professional practitioner of Chinese medicine, this book is sure to help you reach a new level of clinical expertise.

Herbal ABC’s The Foundation of Herbal Medicine Dr. Sharol Tilgner


Learn the foundational building blocks of herbal medicine.

You will learn the actions and applications that western herbal medicine is based on.
Herbal ABCs is organized by body systems with a physiology review for each organ system.
It has up-to-date information on uses, dosages, contraindications of the most commonly used herbs.
There are over 1200 scientific citations to support the traditional and clinical information.

With knowledge of herbal medicine you can turn a common plant into an amazing tool for healing. This herb book provides wisdom in the form of basic building blocks that Western herbal medicine is built on. You will be introduced to herbs through their actions and properties within the context of the bodies major organ systems. Each chapter has an introductory physiology review of the organ system it covers. Paul Bergner put it succinctly when he said, Herbal ABC s contains the elements of four books including a traditional herbal, a clinical herbal, a scientific herbal, and a general reference for the application of herbal medicines.This is a book for the serious herbalist/practitioner or layperson who wants to get into the nitty-gritty of understanding all the fundamental hows and whys for the use of the most common herbs in western medicine. Due to its inclusion of up to date scientific data with over 1270 supportive research citations, even practitioners well versed in herbal medicine will find new and interesting facts about herbs that will keep them riveted until they finish the book. Do not be fooled by the name, Herbal ABC s. This is not a simplistic book and it includes many scientific terms. However, if you seriously want to understand the foundation of western herbal medicine, this is the book for you.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health


Promote vibrant health and radiant beauty, soothe everyday ailments, and ease persistent stress with these simple, natural cures for everything from dry skin and infant colic to cold symptoms and insomnia. Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar provides 175 proven therapies and herbal remedies that are easy to prepare and safe enough for children.  Offering a potent and effective alternative to commercial pharmaceuticals, Gladstar will inspire you to nurture yourself and those you love with nature’s healing herbs.

300 Herbs: Their Indications & Contraindications (A Materia Medica & Repertory) by Matthew Alfs


In this long-awaited professional guide to the use of medicinal plants, one finds both a detailed materia medica and a user-friendly repertory. The materia medica takes up the first half of this scholarly volume, listing and describing 300 herbs as to their indications (first by energetics, then by body systems), known contraindications, and traditional dosages. In the second half, a detailed repertory appears, listing hundreds of indications and health conditions, which are then referenced back to the appropriate herbs in the materia medica. Rounded out with substantial introductions on the energetics of the four major herbal systems (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, and American Eclectic Medicine), a glossary, and a bibliography, this power-packed reference work is intended for serious students of herbal medicine as well as for herbal practitioners, all of whom will discover a veritable treasure trove of information within its pages.

Handbook of Chinese Herbal Formulas by Him Che Yeung


This text describes some 300 frequently used formulas, giving characters, Pinyin, common names and botanical names for each of the formula constituents along with the range of dose in grams. Each of the the descriptions contain the action of the formula in TCM and an indications section listing symptoms, tongue, and pulse signs. The applications section lists allopathically defined conditions treated by the formula. There is also a modifications section that describes substances that can be added or deleted for specific conditions.


Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Volume II, by Michael and Lesley Tierra

$24.95 $19.96

The second volume, Materia Medica and Herbal Reference, has been organized and developed to make Chinese herbology accessible to the Western reader or practitioner. This volume includes extensive use of Chinese herbal formulae and specific treatment of disease conditions. There are a number of useful index listings including Latin name, Chinese name, Chinese herbal formulae, disease conditions and general index. 480 pgs.


Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine, Vol I, by Michael and Lesley Tierra

$22.95 $19.51

As a student of herbology you will appreciate the knowledge and outstanding value this book offers. Chinese Traditional Herbal Medicine is an invaluable resource. Volume I, Diagnosis and Treatment, focuses on theory, principles, diagnostic methods and treatment modalities that are an essential part of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This volume provides background and theoretical framework for the reader to understand and apply the principles of Tradtitional Chinese Medicine.

Paperback, 408 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches

Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth, by Sharol Tilgner


This is the best recently published book on Naturopathic Herbal Medicine that is in print. Dr. Sharol Tilgner is an accomplished herbalist and naturopathic physician working in Oregon.

Well-written, thorough and highly practical presentation of the practice of current western herbalism. A reference of the 170 most commonly used herbs. Sharol has organized herbs and formulas according to body systems. She also has detailed description of medicine making including the usual tinctures, oils and salves but also dry plant extracts, suppositories and clear calculations for measuring the potency and strength of the final product. This latter bit is hardly available in any western herb book. She has a detailed description and chart of dosing and a full two pages listing the best ratio of alcohol to water for making tinctures and extracts. There is a chart for harvesting various plants, and dictionaries of herbal properties, actions and preparations.

‘One of the best investments anyone who has a serious interest in herbal medicine can make in a book.’ – Michael Tierra

Endorsed by Christiane Northrup, M.D., Dr. Jill Stansbury N.D., Dr. Jim Duke and Rosemary Gladstar and Michael Tierra.


Medical Herbalism (Hardcover), by David Hoffmann

$60.00 $48.00

Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine, by David Hoffmann

Recommended for Herb Course Students!

A foundational textbook on the scientific principles of therapeutic herbalism and their application in medicine

  • A complete handbook for the medical practitioner
  • Includes the most up-to-date information on preparations, dosage, and contraindications
  • By the author of The complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal

Medical Herbalism contains comprehensive information concerning the identification and use of medicinal plants by chemical structure and physiological effect, the art and science of making herbal medicine, the limitations and potential of viewing herbs chemically, and the challenge to current research paradigms posed by complex plant medicines. It also includes information on toxicology and contraindications, the issues involved in determining dosage and formulation types for an individual, guides to the different measurement systems and conversion tables, and the pros and cons of both industrial and traditional techniques.With additional sections devoted to the principles of green medicine, the history of Western Herbalism, the variety of other medical modalities using medicinal plants, an extensive resource directory, and a discussion of treatments organized by body system, Medical Herbalismis the comprehensive textbook all students and practitioners of clinical herbalism need to develop their healing practices.

Hardcover 672 Pages, 10.9 x 8.7 x 1.8 inches

Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra


This practical book and reference guide is a landmark publication in this field. For unprecedented usefulness in practical applications, a comprehensive listing is provided of the more than 400 medicinal herbs available in the West, classified according to their chemical constituents, properties and actions, indicated uses and suggested dosages. Students of Eastern medical theory will find the Western herbs cross-referenced to the Chinese and Ayurvedic systems of herbal therapies. This is a useful book for practitioners as well as readers with a general interest in herbology.

Paperback, 485 pages, 8.5 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches

Spirit of Herbs by Candis Cantin and Michael Tierra


The Spirit of Herbs: A Guide to the Herbal Tarot: This fascinating and complete guide to the Herbal Tarot will teach you:

  • Spiritual properties of each herb featured in the deck
  • How to tap the medicial properties of herbs
  • How to use herbs and tarot cards as talismans
  • The tarot symbolism of herbs
  • How to use the Herbal Tarot for readings on spiritual and health issues
  • Meditation techniques using the cards

Written by Candis Cantin and Michael Tierra. Candis Cantin is an herbalist, a wholistic counselor, and a teacher of the herbal path. She has studied Indian (Arurvedic), Chinese, European, and Native American traditions of herbal healing.

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems

The Herbal Tarot, by Michael Tierra


Conceived and created by Michael Tierra and designed by Candis Cantin, this unique and beautiful tarot deck is designed to be used to integrate healing properties of traditional herbs with the symbolism of the tarot.

The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook, by James Green


This book has gone from being a small, thin booklet to an ambitious work of art. It describes in thorough detail the science and art of herbal medicine making. This includes specific solvents and ratios for the optimum extraction of herbal constituents and what herbal constituents are and how they work in the body. It is written by an outstanding Western herbalist. A must for every serious student of herbology.

Yoga of Herbs, An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. Vas


This book offers a detailed understanding and classification of herbs, utilizing the ancient system of Ayurveda. There are more than 270 herbs listed with 108 herbs explained in detail. Included are nearly all the most commonly used Western herbs according to the profound Ayurvedic perspective. Also a number of special powerful Ayurvedic herbs are introduced for the first time.

Paperback, 250 pages, 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches