Essential Reading in Natural Medicine


Naturopathic Medicine

  • The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, ND
  • Total Wellness by Joseph Pizzorno, ND
  • The Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Tori Hudson, ND


Homeopathic Medicine

  • The Science of Homeopathy by George Vithoulkas
  • The Homeopathic Treatment of Children by Paul Herscu, ND


Botanical Medicine

  • Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality by Rosemary Gladstar
  • An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants by Mary Bove, ND
  • Complete Illustrated Guide to the Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman
  • Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine by Barbara Griggs



  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan


Great Whole Foods Cookbooks

  • Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair (simple recipes for families, tells you how to convert the recipe to include feeding an infant)
  • The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten (a lot of good gluten-free baking recipes)
  • Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford (a big book based on the Chinese medical philosophy about food)
  • Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz (an amazing book with tons of healthy fermented foods recipes)
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (based on the idea of nutritious old-world traditional cooking such as bone-broths)


Environmental Medicine

  • Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Look at Cancer and the Environment by Sandra Steingraber
  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv


The Science of Alternative Medicine

  • Molecules of Emotion by Candice Pert
  • The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
  • Planet Medicine by Richard Grossinger (more of an anthropological perspective)



  • Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber
  • Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program by David Block