Whether you’re currently in school or already graduated and in practice with patients of your own, we at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine know your exploration of healing knowledge is on going. We also know that there are many forms that healing can take.
We are proud to offer cutting-edge information in our classes, and a medical education that is firmly based on science, results, and thousands of years of study. But, true to our Oriental medicine roots, we acknowledge that optimal health addresses the mind, body, and spirit.
In honor of this full-circle approach to health, we’ve put together a list of books you won’t find in the classroom. These books are about all kinds of healing: from energetic to spiritual. We think these are wonderful resources for any healer. We offer you this list with the intention that might want to expand your healing skill-set beyond the academics and science-based classroom teachings you’re used to with these inspiring reads.
The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy
By Cyndi Dale
Created for healing professionals and patients alike, this volume provides a lexicon of terms, illustrations, and detailed entries about our energetic biology and how it relates to physical well-being. Dale explores numerous forms of energetic healing including acupuncture, Ayurveda, chakra healing, qi gong, Reiki, and more.
Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof that You Can Heal Yourself
By Lissa Rankin
This New York Times Bestseller is a fascinating read. Dr. Lissa Rankin provides numerous studies proving the connection between the mind and the body, a belief Oriental medicine has long held!
Acupuncture Matters: The Definitive Guide to Understanding the True Power of Acupuncture
By Sara Calabro
If you’ve enjoyed the accessible, informative articles found on AcuTake, you will love this book by AcuTake founder and acupuncturist, Sara Calabro. Calabro lays out the case for how and why acupuncture is a powerful healing method. This is also a great text to share with patients and friends.
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study on Nutrition Ever Conducted
By T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell
Nutrition is a foundation of Oriental medicine and this groundbreaking book brings this ancient philosophy into modern focus with its research. The largest nutrition study ever conducted, the Chine Study explores human health in China and how it directly relates to diet.
Natural Healing Wisdom and Know-How: Useful Practices, Recipes, and Formulas for a Lifetime of Health
This lovely collection gathers useful and fascinating information on every practice of natural health and healing in one handy volume. The chapters here are organized by topic, including herbal healing, naturopathy, homeopathy, Eastern medicine, energy healing, mind-body healing, and healing with foods. Note: this is a beautiful book that is sure to grab patients’ eyes on a waiting room table!
Living in the Moment
By Anna Black
Whether you’re curious about mindfulness or want to share tidbits about meditation with your patients, this illustrated guide makes learning to live in the moment easy.
Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field
By Barbara Brennan
This book is useful for massage therapists and acupuncturists alike—gain new insight into the intention you put into each session. Barbara Ann Brennan uses her fifteen years of professional experience observing 5,000 clients and students to present the first in-depth study of the human energy field for people who seek happiness, health and their full potential.
All is Well: Heal Yourself with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition
By Louise Hay & Mona Lisa Schulz, MD, PhD
This guidebook co-written by Louise Hay and medical doctor Mona Lisa Schulze explores the mind/body connection in relation to healing. It is an inspiring read that shows the power of positivity, love, and self-acceptance in conjunction with medical attention.
The Complete Book of Chakra Healing: Activate the Transformative Power of Your Energy Centers
By Cyndi Dale
Curious about chakras? Cyndi Dale explores chakra healing and how it can relate to other forms of energy healing and holistic medicine. This is an interesting read for any practitioner seeking other perspectives on energy centers in the body (from meridians and beyond!).
The Feng Shui Home: Creating spiritual spaces in your environment with altars and shrines, space clearing and the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui
By Gill Hale, Stella Martin, and Josephine de Winter
This gorgeous, full-color book explores how energetic healing can apply to a space, not just a body. Get your home, office, and practice in tip-top healing shape with the information found here. Also, discover how to prevent geographic and technological stress from affecting you and your patients in your practice rooms.
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life
By Warren Sheir, Yuan Wang, and Mika Ono
Two of the authors of this book are our very own faculty members! We are proud to be associated with this excellent cookbook that features recipes from ancient China (complete with a Chinese medicine perspective on each meal). Dig in!