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Every so often people ask me what books I would recommend reading. 

Here is a list of Traditional Chinese Medicine, dietary, energy medicine, and self-help books that I have enjoyed over the years

Chinese Medicine dietary books

A word of caution: When you delve into the world of Chinese Medicine you may start to notice that you have every pattern you read about. It happens to every student in both Western and Chinese Medical school.  Speak with your practitioner about what your pattern truly is, and remember you're paying us for our years of education and experience.  Help us help you.  Use this information as a way to educate yourself on the patterns your practitioner is treating you for, and not to create new ones.

“Healing with Whole Foods” by Paul Pitchford

This is a great starter book for Traditional Chinese Medicine. It does a decent job of explaining basic Chinese Medicine Concepts and tells you how to eat for your pattern. I reference this book frequently. It also contains a number of recipes.  Some good, some bad, some that just confuse.

“The Healing Cuisine of China” by Zhuo Zhao

I like a number of the recipes in this book.

Vegan and Vegetarian Books

“Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life” by Brendan Brazier

I am not a Vegan. However, I do see a number of vegans and vegetarians in my practice.  One thing that I have noticed is that MOST vegans and vegetarians are not receiving the proper nutrients. This leads to things like Spleen Qi Deficiency, Blood Deficiency, and Kidney Deficiency.  If this is a lifestyle choice that you feel adamant about I support your decision. This book is a great tool to help you maintain proper dietary needs.

“The China Study” by T. Colin Cambell, PhD & Thomas M. Cambell II

This book has turned many people vegan. Its primary point is that as a culture we consume too much meat.  This book explains a large study that took place in China.  The studies found that societies that consumed less that 10% animal protein a day were less likely to develop diseases (high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.).  A great thing to take away from this book is the idea that meat should be a side dish and not the other way around.

Alternative Medicine

“Say Good-Bye to Illness” by Dr. Devi Nambudripad

This explains the basics of NAET and contains a number of case studies.  NAET is NOT just for the typical definition of allergies.  It can help any number of disease. I highly recommend that all NAET patients read this prior to starting treatments.

“Living Pain Free” by Dr. Devi Nambudripad

This is a basic cookbook for acupressure points.  Dr. Devi has  compiled a list of points geared towards helping you on a day to day basis.  Have a headache, but can’t get in for a treatment? You will now have access to a list of points to help you.

“The Energy Cure” by Dr. William Bengston

In this book Dr. Bengston describes the foundations of Bengston Energy Healing Method, and a number of his clinical trials over the past 30 years. It is a very easy read, and very informational.

“Adrenal Fatigue” by J. Wilson

This book contains a home quiz to help you to see how many of your symptoms may actually be caused by Adrenal Fatigue.  The reason I like this book above others is because it does a pretty great job of explaining Adrenal Fatigue in layman terms.  It also contains tips and tools to help you.  As a side note I carry a number of the recommended supplements.

Reminder: Don't take a supplement just because your read it in a book or heard it from the guy at Whole Foods.  Make sure you clear it with your practitioner to make sure that it is the best choice for you.

“Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records” by Todeschi

This is a great beginners book on what the Akashic Records are.


“Lessons from the Masters” by Jim Brault

“White Knight Syndrome” by Mary Lamia

About the author

Teri Calandra

Teri Calandra Dipl.Acu, MSTOM, L.Ac., LMT, RMT

Teri began her studies in energy medicine as part of her own personal development journey, and continues to to learn and integrate that knowledge into her practice. Teri is the founding practitioner of Calandra Center for Health & Wellness in Schaumburg, Illinois. She is licensed by the State of Illinois in acupuncture (L.Ac.), and board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

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