Front coverPraise for Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine: Methodology & Materia Medica

“Today, with Chinese Medicine becoming available everywhere, a systematic explanation of popular Western herbs in TCM terms is becoming increasingly necessary. Thomas Avery Garran’s seminal new work offers a Chinese Medicine explanation for 54 popular western herbs, with unprecedented clarity and elucidation. His high level of scholarship and solid methodology are evident throughout the book. I am certain that this volume will influence and guide a new generation of TCM herbalists into creating a bridge that will unite eastern and western herbology, under a shared Chinese philosophical explanation about alternative properties and uses.”

Ioannis Solos, Chinese medicine practitioner, researcher, and author, Beijing, China


“Thomas’ work continues a growing tradition to reestablish an understanding of Western botanicals according to the same principles of nature that guided early Western herbalists, but was largely lost. This “energetic” system continues to form the basis of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine and is foundational in regaining a knowledge of Western herbs that unites the natural expression of the herbs with the natural expression of the human being and their environment.”

Roy Upton RH, DAyu, Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Scotts Valley, CA, USA


From the Forward: “Aside from the academic contributions of method and practice; this book digs into some important terrain. This is the latest in recent transcultural efforts to construct western botanical medicine into the Chinese medical cognitive frame. In my opinion, it is the most rigorously performed work to date and deserves a seat as a clinical reference for both Western and Eastern practitioners of botanical medicine.”

William Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc
Author: Path of the Pulse and Li Shi Zhen Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide


Thomas Avery Garran, Herbalist, MTOM, lives and works in Beijing, China, and is a PhD candidate at the China Academy of Chinese Medicine Sciences, National Center for Materia Medica Resources. His research there is on ecological agriculture with a focus on soil biology for the organic production of Chinese herbs, and also includes comparative chemistry of Chinese and related Western medicinal species. Thomas is currently in the process of translating a book written by his advisor, Daodi Herbs: Cultivation and Processing, which should be available sometime in 2018. He is the owner of Herb Whisperer Farm, a producer of organic herbs for both the domestic and international market, which is also home to a medicinal garden that houses over 100 species of medicinal plants from around the world. Thomas has been an invited lecturer in the United States, Taiwan, and throughout China. He is the author of Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Practitioner’s Guide.

Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine: Methodology & Materia Medica is a continuation of his first book and lays out, for the first time, a coherent method for practitioners to understand how to integrate botanical medicines from outside the standard Chinese materia medica into standard practice, which has been done in China for no less than 2000 years. The book contains over 50 detailed monographs with combinations, formula modifications, and commentary spanning a wide range of information from botany to modern research. The book also contains a number of case studies that serve to demonstrate how to take these medicinals and integrate them into your practice.

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For a very nice review of the major texts available on this subject (written in 2010 before the publication of this text) click here.

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