The Price of Ginseng

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

Preparing a “San” – Jade Windscreen Powder

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

Acupuncture Research for Chronic Pain & Depression

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