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Medical Herbalism Journal

The NAIMH published the Medical Herbalism print journal for twenty five years, from 1989 until 2014. At the time of its publication and for many years afterwards, it was the only journal of its type in the modern era devoted exclusively to clinical herbalism. The journal features articles and case studies from some of the leading herbal clinicians in the country. We are currently in transition to an open access free online format. Please check for updated information. More than 800 pages of free article reprints from 1989 to 2001 can be found below

Materia Medica and Pharmacy  

Therapeutics and Case Studies 


Twelve free full issues from 2001-2005 can be found here

Full text PDF issues from 2001-2005

Classic Herbal Texts

Contemporary medical herbalism has been greatly enhanced by the reprinting of classical herbal texts from the ninteenth and early twentieth centuries, when several schools of medicine used herbs extensively and documented their uses in textbooks. Many of the audio courses from the NAIMH include a library of selected texts from this collection with a resources disk. You can download several of the best or them here:

Physiomedical Dispensatory by William Cook, MD, 1869. The most significant writer in the Physiomedicalist tradition, practicing and teaching from the 1840s through the 1890s. The materia medica listings gove not only the therapeutic uses, but methods of preparing different forms. The section on Therapeutics is an excellent primer on Vitalist therapeutics. 


Physiomedical Therapeutics, Materia Medica, and Pharmacy by T.J. Lyle MD 1898. Representing the pinnacle of American Physiomedical practice, this text contains useful formulas for many of the herbs listed. This book was reprinted and used as the main textbook in the British school of Physiomedicalism


Diseases of Women and Children, by Sarah Webb MD. 1922. Webb practiced physiomedical in a hospital setting, running a ward for women and children. 


American Materia Medica, Therapeutics, and Pharmacognosy. 1919. Finley Ellingwood MD. This tradition is one of the most useful textbooks from the Eclectic Medical tradition. Ellingwood represened the Chicago school of that medical profession.


The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics 1922. Harvey Felter M.D. Felter represented the Cincinnati school of the Eclectic medical profession. 


Boericke's Tinctures

The Homeopath Wm Boericke was a contemporary of the Eclectic herbal physicians around the turn of the 20th century. there was a lot of cross information between the two school in that time period, and in addition, Beoricke used a large number of herbal medicines(about 20% of the items in his classic text,  in tincture form (1:10 homeopathic mother tincture). The insights of the homeopaths into many of our common herbal remedies can be useful to fill out some dimensions of their indications. 


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