Books on Herbal Medicine by Jeremy Ross


Jeremy has created and developed the new integrated system of Combining Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine.

He has started a series of books on this topic of which the first, Principles, Practice, and Materia Medica is now the leading text in this field. The second in the series, available in English in May 2010, is A Clinical Materia Medica: 120 Herbs in Western Use. This will be followed in 2011 by From Diagnosis to Treatment: 4 Qi Imbalances + 5 Elements.

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Principles, Practice & Materia Medica


This book contains the theoretical principles for herb combination, great detail of 50 herbs, and details of how to use over 150 herb combinations.

Click to enlarge ImageCombining Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine combines 2,500 years of Western herbal tradition with traditional Chinese medicine and modern pharmacology research.

This unique integration offers a new level of understanding that can resolve many of the difficulties and controversies of the past. This book gives a broader, deeper understanding of the individual herbs, enabling more sophisticated herb combinations that are both safer and more effective.


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Greenfields Press - Bristol
ISBN: 0.7928193.0



Containing over 800 tables, the text is specially organized and designed for clear, east access to a vast amount of useful data. A foundation text and reference for both students and practioners, with discussion of:

Reviews of the Book

"With his deep knowledge of Chinese medicine, Western herbal medicine, and Western sciences, Jeremy Ross is uniquely qualified to undertake the important and difficult task of interpreting the nature and functions of Western herbs according to the principles of Chinese medicine.”
—Giovanni Maciocia

“There have been many interesting books on herbal medicine written in the last few years, but the present book is exceptional in containing so much new, and clinically useful material...this book stands out in a class of its own. ”
—Julian Scott

  • 50 Western Herbs
    unparalleled detail reveals the unique character of each herb
  • 380 herb pairs
    the basic units for building herb combinations
  • 150 herb combinations
    a wealth of practical detail with essential comparison tables
  • 1,500 references
    pharmacological and clinical research is cited and fully discussed

Special Emphasis on the folowing topics:

  • Priciples of herb combining
    - history of herbal medicine
    - temperature property
    - taste properties
    - herb actions, both Western and    Chinese
    - how to make safe and effective   combinations
  • Practical herb use
    Full details of herb dose, dispensing and admistration
  • Safety
    Three special chapters on safety issues. Each of the 50 herb chapters discusses cautions and contraindications
  • Data access
    Extensive cross references, plus a unique 70-page index for easy access to data on individual herbs, herb combinations, herb actions, Chinese syndromes and disorders


A Clinical Materia Medica: 120 Herbs in Western Use

This is a clinical material medica with 120 herbs that is designed for quick access to a wealth of clinically important data, including:

  • Traditional Western useClick to enlarge Image
  • Traditional Chinese use, when available
  • Comparison with similar
  • Constituents and paharmacology
  • Dose and dispensing
  • Contraindications



There are 456 pages and two facing pages per herb.

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Important Notice




The heart of each herb chapter is a clear and useful table that brings together Chinese actions, Western actions, Western uses, and examples of herb pairs for specific disorders. See example in Sample chapter.


Herb pairs are the basic unit of herb combination. About 700 herb pairs are listed in this book with examples of the disorders treated. In the Appendix, there is a list of herb pairs for main Western disorders.


This book is enhanced by 120 elegant line illustrations by Inken Töpffer, to show clearly the plant parts that aid identification, and to give a clear visualization of the herb.


All main Chinese syndromes are given
with details of symptoms, pulse, and tongue, and lists of suitable herbs. This large chapter gives not only individual Chinese syndromes, but common Chinese syndrome combinations.



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