The Southern Appalachian region is the most botanically diverse of any of the world’s temperate zones. The relationship of human beings to these plants has a history rich in traditions and is the basis of modern medicine. This document is designed as an introduction to the literature about medicinal plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains available in the Belk library, the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, or available through the Western North Carolina Library Network.
Krochmal, Arnold, Russell S. Walters, and Richard M. Doughty. A Guide to Medicinal Plants of Appalachia. Washington, D.C.:USDA, 1971 ASU App Coll QK99.K696
Banks, William H., Jr. Plants of the Cherokee: Medicinal, Edible, and Useful Plants of the Eastern Cherokee Indians. Gatlinburg, TN: Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2004. ASU Spec App Coll E99.C5 B278 2004
Bolgard, Judith L. Medicinal Plants and Home Remedies of Appalachia, Springfield, Ill.:Thomas,1981. ASU App Coll RS 164.B63
Cavender, Anthony P. Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003. ASU Spec App Coll GR108.15 .C38 2003
Eisher-Brown, Charlotte. Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants: A Historical Survey with Special Reference to Eastern Indian Tribes, New York: Dover Pub., 1979. ASU App Coll GN 560.U6E751989
Howell, Patricia Kyritsi. Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, Mountain City, GA: Botanologos Books, 2006. WNC General Collection QK99.A6 H69 2006
Chevallier, Andrew. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. New York: DK Pub., 1996. ASU Main Stacks RS164 .C4437 1996
Coffey, Timothy. The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers. Published by Author,1993. ASU Main Ref. QK 110.C561993
Crellin, J.K. A Reference Guide to Medicinal Plants: Herbal Medicine Past and Present. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1997. ASU Main Stacks RS164 .C83 1997
Foster, Steven. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000. UNCA General QK99.U6 F68 2000
Hamel, Paul B. Cherokee Plants and Their Uses: A 400 Year History. Paul Hamel and Mary U. Chiltoskey, 1975. ASU App Coll E99.C5 H224
Jellin, Jeff. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty, 2005. ASU Ref Desk RM258.5 .N38 2005
Ratsch, Christian. The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants: Ethnopharmacology and its Applications. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2005. ASU Main Stacks QK99.A1 R2813 2005
Uphof, J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Lehre: J. Cramer, 1968. ASU Main Ref. QK9.U61968
Blake, S. F. and Alice C. Atwood. Geographical Guide to Floras of the World: An Annotated List with Special Reference to Useful Plants and Common Plant Names. New York, Hafner Pub. Co., 1942-63. ASU REFERENCE: Z5358 .A12 B52, in 2 vols.
Cavender, A.P. A Bibliography on Culture and Health in the Appalachian South, with Special Reference to Ethnomedical Beliefs and Practices. Johnston City, TN: East Tennessee State University, 1990. ASU Spec App Coll Z5118.M4 C38 1990z
Simon, James E., Alena F. Chadwick, and Lyle E. Craker. Herbs: An Indexed Bibliography, 1971-1980: The Scientific Literature on Selected Herbs, and Aromatic and Medicinal Plants of the Temperate Zone. Hamden, CT: Archon Books. 770 pages. ASU MAIN STACKS: Z5996 .H37 S56 1984.
Robinson, Judith and Constance Carter. Medicinal Plants. Washington, D.C.: Science Reference Section, Science and Technology Division, Library of Congress, 1991. UNCA Fed Doc LC 33.10:91-8
Academic Search Premier (1975-present) Available through ASU Databases.
Materia medica, Vegetable
AGRICOLA. (1979-present) Available through ASU Databases.
Medicinal plants – Appalachian Region
Traditional medicine – Appalachian Region, Southern
Materia medica – Appalachian Region, Southern
NetLibrary (e-books) Available through ASU Databases.
Materia medica, Vegetable
WorldCat (Available thorough ASU database.)
Materia medica, Vegetable
Folklore -- Medicina
BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com/browse/journals/)
GEOBASE (Available thorough ASU database.)
ScienceDirect (Available thorough ASU database.)
JSTOR (Available thorough ASU database.)
Phytomedicine : International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology. Stuttgart; New York:G. Fischer, c1994- Full Text available 2002- Current through AcademicOneFile at ASU.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology. New York, NY : Elsevier Science Pub. Co. ASU Web Access v.45 1995- Current Subscription
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. BioMed Central ASU Web Access through Academic OneFile 2007-Current Subscription and BioMed Central (Open Access) 2005 – Current
Journal of Medicinal Food. Larchmont, NY: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. ASU Web Access v.3 n.2 June 2000- Current Subscription
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Larchmont, NY]: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Full text available 1998-2003 in Academic Search Premier at ASU.
Cavender, A. “Folk Medical Uses of Plant Foods in Southern Appalachia.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, November 2006, 108 (1): 74-84. Available through ASU Journal Database
Crellin J. “American Medical Botany (Boston, 1817-1820).” Bulletin of the History of Medicine [serial online]. Winter 2005, 79(4):818-819. Available through ASU Journal Database.
Catfish: Man of the Woods. Appalshop, 1975. Videocassette App Spec Coll Video VC 18
Wild Edibles & Medicinals of Southern Appalachia, Video 1, Autumn Series. Robbinsville, NC: Ironweed Productions, 2001. App Spec Coll Video VC 462
Wild Edibles & Medicinals of Southern Appalachia, Video 1, Summer Series. Robbinsville, NC: Ironweed Productions, 2001. App Spec Coll Video VC 461
Wild Edibles & Medicinals of Southern Appalachia, Video 2, Summer Series. Robbinsville, NC: Ironweed Productions, 2001. App Spec Coll Video VC 463
Human Relations Area Files (Available in App Spec Coll Microfiche Collection)
Outline of World Cultures
Outline of Cultural Materials (Available in App Spec Coll Microfiche Collection)
Herbs, in medicine-278 and 757
Manuscript Collections for Medicine and Healing (Available in App Spec Coll in the Doughtery Reading Room by appointment.)
* 224. William Allan Papers
* 250. Ashe County, NC Midwife Collection of Papers
* 392. Harper-Beall Family Papers, 1826-1959, n.d.
* 300. Dr. A.F. Horne Ledger
* 125. J. Walter Jones Records
* 178. Robert King, M.D. Ledger
* 344. Oakland Heights Sanatorium Statement
* 411. Proposed Midwifery Study Collection of Papers, 1980
* 219. Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew, Inc. Photograph
* 321. Smyth County, VA Lifetime Collection
Compiler: David N. Cozzo, 21 October 1997
Updated: Anne E. Chesky, 9 October 2008