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!
It’s now about a week and a half into the new year, and I’ve been settling back into my daily routine after the luxury of a nice long break in December. Thinking back on 2017, I’m grateful to reflect on how my Chinese Medicine practice grew and how many people trusted me to help in … More Zion National Park / Welcome to 2018
In recognition of Black History Month, I want to share an article written last week by Tenisha Dandridge, LAc, in which she shares some little-known history about how African-Americans used acupuncture as a tool to fight racial injustice in the 1970’s, and in doing so were some of the earliest pioneers of acupuncture in the … More Black History & Acupuncture in America
New, high-quality research from the University of York adds legitimacy to acupuncture’s role in treating chronic pain and depression. Patients who had acupuncture in addition to standard care had better results than those who had standard care alone. This might sound obvious – if you add a treatment, patients will get better compared to those who didn’t … More Acupuncture Research for Chronic Pain & Depression