It’s never fun to take a fall, and especially for older adults, falls can be very dangerous, even lethal. A recent article in the New York Times gives some great tips for avoiding falls, and first on the list is exercise, particularly practicing Tai Chi. According to a 2018 study, practicing Tai Chi for one … More Avoiding Falls with Tai Chi & Chinese Medicine
Filling a formula on at the Herbal Medicinary recently, a student in my class pointed out a white discoloration on several pieces of an herb called Cang Zhu. “Is this mold?” I took a look. Sure enough, a white patch spreading outward at various spots on some, but not all, of the Cang Zhu pieces in … More Mold? Or Crystals? The case of Cang Zhu
Did you know that acupuncture can help people in recovery? The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) teaches a simple 5-needle protocol to help calm and relax people to help them break addictions. The NADA protocol was part of my training in school and it is great to see it being more widely used. It involves … More Acupuncture for addictions
Ginseng root is one of the most well-known herbs used in Chinese medicine. Almost everyone has heard about it and has the impression that it can be very expensive. This past January, Planet Money did a podcast about the huge variety in the pricing of American ginseng, depending on its perceived quality. Although often thought … More The Price of Ginseng
In addition to my private practice, I’m lucky to be able to work part-time at one of the top colleges in the country for acupuncture and Chinese medicine. This school runs the largest medicinary in the Pacific Northwest that is dedicated solely to Chinese herbs. While I was in school there I worked in the … More Spring term at the Herbal Medicinary
Often in the fall I’ll take a bottle of a traditional formula called Jade Windscreen Powder to boost immunity for the winter. Jade because it is precious, Windscreen because it protects you from invading illness (Wind). Powder because, as we’ll see, the herbs are meant to be ground up before cooking. (I’ve mentioned this formula in a previous … More Preparing a “San” – Jade Windscreen Powder
Today’s new moon marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. In addition to being associated with one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs, each year is also associated with one of the five elements and yin or yang. Today we make the transition from the year of the Yin Fire Rooster to the beginning … More Happy Year of the Dog!