Shenzhou Open University of TCM

Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Study books Herbal Medicine

Students have to buy a number of books. Supplementary syllabi, if applicable, may be distributed during the course.

Please do not purchase books from this list before your registration. The study coordinators will inform you after your registration about the most recent list of books with additional information such as edition and ISBN numbers!

1st year

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine, Materia Medica and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Formulas & Strategies (two volumes) (required), author Dan Bensky
  • Chinese Herbal Medicines: Comparisons and Characteristics (required), author Yifan Yang
  • Chinese Herbal Formulas: Treatment Principles and Composition Strategies (required), author Yifan Yang
  • Chinese Medicine Study Guide: Formulae, (required), Li Qing-ye


  • A Materia Medica for Chinese Medicine -plants, minerals and animal products, Carl-Herman Hempen,
  • An Acupuncturist`s Guide to Medical Red Flags & Referrals, Anzaldua, D., 
  • Chinese Medicine Guide: Materia Medica, Zhong Gan

2nd year

  • The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs – Giovanni Maciocia.
  • The Treatment of Modern Western Diseases With Chinese Medicine: A Textbook & Clinical Manual,  Bob Flaws
  • The Practice of Herbs and Formulae (syllabi), author Shenzhou Open University of TCM


  • An Acupuncturist`s Guide to Medical Red Flags & Referrals, Anzaldua, D.,