Member Books

In this section of our website we welcome the chance to publicize books that are written (or edited) by  members of the American Herbalists Guild. If you would like to add your book(s) to this page, please send the following items to

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Ayur-Vidya Therapeutic Guide
Vaidya Atreya Smith

This Therapeutic Guide is destined mainly for the professional health care practitioner. However, any motivated individual with a basic understanding of Ayurveda can benefit from this guide. The Ayur-Vidya Therapeutic Guide covers the basics of diet, lifestyle and explains in detail the use of herbal formulas as per the cause of Doshic pathology. Ayurvedic medicine views all disease as an imbalance of Dosha, this guide explains the traditional manner of treating pathologies caused by the three Doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This guide covers over 200 common disorders that people experience today. The lists three different formulas for each disorder and uses mainly Western herbs and about thirty percent of Indian herbs.

Body Balance
KP Khalsa

Herbalist and educator Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa explains pH's pivotal role in maintaining optimum health, shows how to evaluate your own pH levels, and then offers a multitude of ways to achieve this balance naturally and easily. He reveals why most Americans' pH levels are far too acidic and demonstrates how pH balancing is critical for proper cellular function. You'll learn the hundreds of foods that can help you correct pH in the short term and long term, and which foods and supplements provide specific relief for such common ailments as asthma, indigestion, hypertension, joint pain, and more.

Clinical Botanical Medicine
Eric Yarnell, Kathy Abascal, and Carol Hooper

Unlike many herbal texts, this one does not strive for completeness but instead considers a limited number of important conditions and herbs in great depth, reviewing not only the herbs with substantial research support but also discussing modern application of traditional herbalism including overlooked and underused but still effective herbs. This text aims to deepen and broaden clinical knowledge not serve as an encyclopedic reference.

Complex Herbs - Complete Medicines
Francis Brinker, N.D.


Conceiving Healthy Babies An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation
Dawn Combs

Healthy babies don't just happen. The lifestyle of the prospective parents is a crucial factor in promoting fertility and ensuring a successful pregnancy. But the average North American diet is saturated with processed foods, and environmental toxins are rampant - we must take responsibility for what we put into and onto our bodies to create optimum conditions for the childbearing year.

Drawing on the author's own personal triumph over infertility, Conceiving Healthy Babies is a unique herbal guide geared to helping couples achieve balance in preconception, pregnancy, lactation and beyond. Its individualized approach to fertility explains the importance of:

Understanding, accepting and celebrating our own bodies
Basing our diets on organic, nutrient-dense foods that have been traditionally prepared
Using whole plants in their original form for their medicinal benefits.
Packed with detailed information on hundreds of different herbs, with a focus on their roles in building healthy babies, this comprehensive manual is a roadmap to wellbeing. The reference guide is rounded out by complete information on herbal use before, during and post-pregnancy, and special attention is paid to supporting nursing and lactation. Whether you have experienced challenges in conceiving or just want to ensure that your pregnancy is as natural and uncomplicated as possible, Conceiving Healthy Babies is an indispensable guide.

Cycles Of Life, Herbs and Energy Techniques for the Stages of a Woman’s Life
Ellen Kamhi

Cultures around the world have used herbs to help a great deal with the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges associated with each stage of womanhood. This book outlines the traditional use of herbs though out the ages, now often validated by modern science, for all stages and cycles of a woman’s life: puberty, menstrual years, pregnancy, birth, lactation, menopause and more.

Dental Herbalism
Leslie M. Alexander, Ph.D., RH(AHG) with Linda Straub-Bruce

Our oral health is intimately linked with our overall health and well-being. In this practical guide to herbal dental care, medical herbalist Leslie Alexander and registered dental hygienist Linda Straub-Bruce detail how to use 41 safe and effective herbs for the mouth for optimum oral health, prevention of decay and inflammation, and relief from pain and discomfort.

Diary of a Country Herbailst
Matthew Alfs


Dravyaguna for Westerners: Ayurvedic Pharmacology for Western Herbs
Vaidya Atreya Smith

This text book is the result of 13 years of clinical research and 10 years of teaching experience in Ayurvedic herbal therapies. Atreya has written this text book to help Western people truly understand the Ayurvedic method of using herbs. Most people in the USA and Europe simply use Indian herbs according to symptoms and declare that they are “practicing Ayurveda”. Since 1998 Atreya has been teaching the correct way to use herbs and other substances to his students in France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The textbook includes 115 herbal monographs that explain in detail the chosen herbs according to Ayurveda. Additionally there are 45 herbal formulas indicated by disorders – each adjusted for vata, pitta, or kapha causes of the disorder.
The true Ayurvedic approach to using herbs lies in the capacity to diagnosis which dosha is causing the problem. Then the astute practitioner gives herbs which:

  • reduce the dosha causing the disorder
  • that also work on the disorder specifically
  • that also respect the Prakriti of the patient

The whole text has been revised and corrected by my teacher of Dravyaguna, Prof. K.C. Chunekar, currently India’s greatest living expert on the botanical identification of Ayurvedic medicinal plants. Proffessor Chunekar has been kind enough to write the foreword to this course book.

Female Reproductive System & Herbal Healing Vs. Prescription Drug And Their Side Effects.
Chela R. Bathija, MH, RH (AHG)

Dr. Bathija has cured hundreds of women suffering from ovarian cysts, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and different types of sexual transmitted diseases (STDs) with herbal remedies. All his years of experience has presented in his book where he categorizes the book in three sections, teenage/puberty stage, pregnancy and childbirth age, and the menopausal women. Highlights the female health related concerns based on alternative medicinal approach.  Dr. Bathija also added a chapter in Ayurveda- the physical and mental constitution of an individual called Prakriti which is called our three doshas (vata,pita and kapha) with better understanding the healthy lifestyle.