NHP Reference Library

New AWB Member benefit:
Ag-West Bio now houses a Reference Library for companies working in the Natural Health Products Industry.
If your company requires reference material for:

1. Researching ingredients used in the development of natural health products or
2. Pursuing a product licence application to be submitted to Health Canada for traditional medicine using:
3. pharmacopoeia evidence
4. other types and/or combinations of references supporting traditional use


Please feel free to contact our office to access this resource. See below for a full list of reference books available.

Aboriginal Plant Use in Canada’s Northwest Boreal Forest
Robin J. Marles, Christina Clavelle, Leslie Monteleone, Natalie Tays and Donna Burns
2000, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India – Part 1, Volume 1
Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga-Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy (Ayush), New Delhi
1991, reprinted 2001, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India – Part 1, Volume 2
Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga-Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy (Ayush), New Delhi
1991, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India – Part 1, Volume 3
Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga-Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy (Ayush), New Delhi
2001, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy

The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India – Part 1, Volume 4
Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga-Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Homoeopathy (Ayush), New Delhi
2004, Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Indian System of Medicine & Homoeopathy

British Herbal Compendium – Volume 1
Peter R. Bradley
1992, British Herbal Medicine Association

British Herbal Compendium – Volume 2
Peter R. Bradley
2006, British Herbal Medicine Association

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia
1996, British Herbal Medicine Association

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies
Dan Bensky and Randall Barolet
1990, Eastland Press

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica – Third edition
Dan Bensky, Steven Clavey, Erich Stoger and Andrew Gamble
2004, Eastland Press

The Complete German Commission E. Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines
Blumenthal, Busse, Goldberg, Gruenwald, Hall, Klein, Riggins & Rister
1998, American Botanical Council

The Complete Natural Medicine Guide: 50 Most Common Medicinal Herbs
Heather Boon and Michael Smith
2004, The Institute of Naturopathic Education and Research (The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine)

Database on Medicinal Plants Used in Ayurveda – Volume 7
2005, Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha

Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients: Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics – Second edition
Albert Y. Leung an Steven Foster
1996, John Wiley and Sons

Herbal Drugs and Phytopharmaceuticals:  A Handbook for Practice on Scientific Basis – Third edition
Josef A. Brinkmann and Michael P. Lindenmaier
2004, medpharm GmbH Scientific Publishers

Herbal Medicines – Third edition
Joanne Barnes, Linda A. Anderson and J. David Phillipson
2007, Pharmaceutical Press

Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E. Monographs
Blumenthal, Goldberg, Brinckmann
2000, American Botanical Council

Herb Contraindications & Drug Interactions
Francis Brinker
2001, Francis Brinker

Herbs of Commerce – Second edition
Michael McGuffin, John T. Kartesz, Albert Y. Leung and Arthur O. Tucker
2000, American Herbal Products Association and Michael McGuffin

Herbs: Everyday Reference for Health Professionals
Frank Chandler
2000, Canadian Pharmacists Association and Canadian Medical Association

Indigenous Medicine and Knowledge in African Society
Kwasi Konadu
2007, Taylor and Francis Group

King’s American Dispensatory – Volume 1
Felter and Lloyd
1883, reprint 1997, Eclectic Medical Publications

King’s American Dispensatory – Volume 2
Felter and Lloyd
1898, reprint 1997, Eclectic Medical Publications

Major Herbs of Ayurveda
The Dabur Research Foundation and Dabur Ayurveda Limited
2002, Elsevier Science Limited

Native American Ethnobotany
Daniel E. Moerman
1998, Timber Press, Inc.

Native American Medicinal Plants: An Ethnobotanical Dictionary
Daniel E. Moerman
2009, Daniel E Moerman

Nutraceutical Functional Food Regulations: In the United States and Around the World
Debasis Bagchi               
2008, Elsevier Inc

Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide
Hong-Yen Hsu
1986, The Oriental Healing arts Institute of the united States

The Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs – Second edition          
Kee Chang Huang
1999, CRC Press

Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China – Volume 1                        
Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission
2005, Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China

Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China – Volume 2        
Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission
2005, Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China

Pharmacopoeia of the People’s Republic of China – Volume 3                        
Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission
2005, Pharmacopoeia of the People's Republic of China

The Scientific Foundation for Herbal Medicinal Products – Second edition completely revised and expanded
European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy
2003, ESCOP

Supplement 2: The Japanese Pharmacopoeia – Fourteenth edition
Society of Japanese Pharmacopoeia
2006, Society of Japanese Pharmacopoeia

Traditional Medicine in Africa
Isaac Sindiga, Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha and Mary Peter Kanunah
1995, Sindiga Nyaigotti – Chacha and MP Kanunah

Traditional Medicine
Steven B. Kayne
2010, Pharmaceutical Press

For more information on obtaining authorization to sell a natural health product (NHP) in Canada
visit the Health Canada website.