Chyawanprash: A Delicious, Nutritious Herbal Tonic

Once when comparing relative merits of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine with an Ayurvedic doctor in India, the good doctor acknowledged both systems as having merit but said: “Ayurvedic tonics taste better!” Flavor is considered part of the therapeutic properties of an herb in both herbal systems, but it is much more emphasized…

Two Foods to Help You Keep Cool This Summer

Summers seem to be getting hotter and hotter so staying cool – and keeping your cool – can be more difficult. But don’t fret! There are many fabulous herbs, some even easy to find or grow foods, that can help you cool off during such hot summer days. These herbs also help with what Traditional…

Katie MacKenzie, July Student of the Month

A good portion of my life’s journey was spent among the corn and bean fields of Illinois, but I’m a California native currently living in the Sierras immersed in the beautiful backwoods. I’ve always had a pull towards nature, where I feel most at home. I spend as much time as possible enjoying the elements…

Announcing: The East West Home Herbalist Course

We are very excited to announce that the East West School of Planetary Herbology now offers a Home Herbalist Course! While we have provided Family and Professional Herbalist Courses, we have not presented a basic course in learning herbs – until now! The Home Herbalist Course is a great way to get involved with immediately…

Three Essential First Aid Herbs for Travel

As we enter the summer traveling season, many of you may be going on holiday adventures in the next few months. As you do so, be sure to take herbs along with you. I always travel with an herbal first aid kit and inevitably it comes in very handy. I often end up sharing herbs…

Jeremy O’Leary, June 2018

I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon for most of my life, with short stints in Minnesota, Montana and Idaho.  The plan out of college was to work as botanist, but the Bush Administration happened, and after attempting to get work with something of the naturalist flavor, I figured it was best to separate my vocation from…

Home Herbalist Course

You will learn about Herbs as Special Foods, The Nature of Medicinal Herbs, Herbal Formulary, Herbal Remedies I & II, and Herbal Therapeutics.

Common Misconceptions about Herbal Medicine

Recently, someone wrote me in response to an article I wrote on the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principle of dui yao, a principle of formulation where one might use two or more herbs as one brought up not one. His letter brought up a couple of common misconceptions about herbal medicine which I thought were…

Oregon Grape Root: A Versatile Herb

Oregon grape root is the Pacific Northwest variety of barberry (Berberis vulgaris). It was used by the indigenous mountain folk of California for all chronic degenerative diseases, especially cancer and arthritis. Oregon grape and barberry are so similar they are used interchangeably, yet Oregon grape is mild and well tolerated by most body types. It…

Rachael Witt, May 2018

Hello! My name is Rachael Witt. I am a land-steward, herbalist, and teacher of ancestral skills. I grew up amidst the Oak woodlands in the foothills of the Sierras. As I explored the world around me, studying plant ecology and ethnobotany, opportunities led me to the small town of Duvall, Washington, where I am currently…

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Fish Oil Not What You Expected? Try Herbs for Cardiovascular Health

A recent article published in the New York Times has questioned the value of one of the sacred cows of the supplement industry: fish oil. This is based on “10 large randomized studies involving 77917 high-risk individuals with the mean entry age of 64.0 years over a period of 4.4. years. It was found that…

Shannon Hobson, April 2018

Where can I say my journey into East West began….  I wasn’t much into natural medicine growing up, but I have always loved nature. I didn’t become interested in natural medicine until I travelled to Vietnam many years later, where I, unfortunately, picked up something nasty.  Upon my return to Australia (where I was living…

I Tried Everything for Shingles. Here’s What Worked.

For the last 3 1/2 weeks, I’ve been suffering from shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. It is a terrible condition. There seem to be many cures and treatments for it that are either questionable, or in the case of Western medicine, have a potential for adverse side effects. Most people suffer from post-herpetic pain that can…

Salmonella contamination of kratom

Recently the CDC announced that some 40 cases of salmonella associated with individuals who took certain batches of kratom. I’ve checked many of the sources I buy kratom from and they have suspended sales while testing goes on.  Some suppliers reported to the CDC the sources of kratom with salmonella contamination. As a result, vendors…

Rhodiola to the Rescue

Rhodiola is also used for nervous system disorders, ADHD, gastrointestinal complaints, coughing of blood, pneumonia, lowering fevers in colds and flu, and balancing blood sugar. It treats exhaustion headaches, minor hypotension, hemorrhoids, irregular heartbeat, erectile dysfunction, amenorrhea, and infertility. As well, it protects against chemotherapy and radiation. It relieves stiff muscles and spasm. As a mouthwash or gargle, it treats inflammation of the mouth and throat.

EWCH Graduate Directory

Here are some of our East West Clinical Herbalists

Nathan Shannon, EWCH

480-707-2060 My introduction into natural healing came from being exposed to herbal folk remedies, homeopathy and Chiropractic care by my mother and grandparents while growing up in rural central Wisconsin. My inherent love for nature and seeing the world around me in a way that I would later learn is called animism, piqued my interest…

Mo Horner, EWCH

Mo Horner, RH (AHG) 402-933-6444 316 North 115th Street, Omaha, NE, 68154, US “I never set out to make a career of herbal medicine. Until 10 years ago, it never occurred to me that my kitchen or back yard could be loaded with healthy, natural medicine.That was before a July afternoon visit to the doctor…

Vicki Pitman, EWCH

Vicki Pitman, M.Phil., Complementary Health Studies (Exeter, UK), Master Herbalist, Iridology (School of Natural Medicine), East West Clinical Herbalist (EWCH) 18 Greenland Mills, Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts, BA15 !BL, UK My work is grounded in traditional healing wisdom and sound science. I have been practising holistic, complementary

Rosalee de la Foret, EWCH

PO Box 281, Twisp, WA 98856 Greetings, I am a clinical herbalist and herbal educator and I help people find natural solutions to their chronic health problems. I work with people all over the world via the telephone and Skype. My website, HerbalRemediesAdvice.org [5] contains lots of free information about how you can use herbs and other…

Meret Giacomini, EWCH

Meret Giacomini, RH (AHG) 104 S. 2nd Street Fairfield, IA, 52556, US Traditional Chinese Medicine consultations and recommendations. Acupressure treatments (student of Jin Shin Do Acupressure).

Tracy Richardson

Tracy Richardson, CMQ, MIM 415-233-3691 2630 Monticello Ave., Oakland, CA, 94619, US  Tracy Richardson is a licensed acupuncturist, who uses the full scope of Chinese and Japanese Medicine techniques and modalities.

Lorraine Hughes, EWCH

(845) 416-4598 6 Marlyn Drive, Wappinger Falls, NY, 12590, US “I am a practicing Therapeutic Herbalist in Wappingers Falls, NY.” Related Posts:Compare CoursesEast West Clinical Herbalist (EWCH) ProgramAbout Our Training36-Lesson Professional Herbalist CourseHerbology Training CoursesShelley Swapp, July 2015

Peggy Carlaw, EWCH

Peggy Carlaw, RH (AHG), Registered Clinical Herbalist P.O. Box 1006, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93406, US

Michele Collines, EWCH

Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH 336-624-6727 2594B Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106, US Michele Collins Vergara, RH (AHG), MPH has been practicing as a clinical herbalist since 2004, using traditional Chinese medicine in combination with Chinese, western, and Ayurvedic herbs, Chinese nutritional therapy, and qi gong. Her deep love of plants combined with her desire…

Jill Ruttenberg, EWCH

AmaTierra Retreat Costa Rica Phone # 011(506) 2419-0110 AmaTierra 2 Km Este de la Iglesia Católica de San Pablo, Turrubares, San José, Costa Rica. USA AmaTierra Hotel and Retreat 3109 Grand Av. PMB 283, Miami, Florida USA 33133 [email protected] Toll Free: 1-866-659-3805 Fax: 011-506-2419-0094 Jill Ruttenberg is a Hatha yoga instructor, massage therapist and registered clinical…

Nicole MacDonald, EWCH

Nicole MacDonald, Licensed Counselor in CA and NH, Registered member of the AHG Journey to Wellness Integrative Medical Center 839 Central Ave #5, Dover, NH, 03820, US “I am both a integrative psychotherapist and a clinically trained herbalist. I specialize in helping people who have mental and emotional concerns like anxiety, as well as stress…

Jennifer Boys, EWCH

01483 3011 22 Burwood Close, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 2SB, UK Certified Herbalist (East West Tierra trained), Reiki Master, Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practitioner, Motivational Coach I have also trained in Stress Management and in the Treatment of Depression using Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavourial Therapy and NLP. Member of Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners, General Hypnotherapy Register British…

Shoshanna Katzman, EWCH

Shoshanna Katzman, M.S., L.Ac. Red Bank Acupuncture & Wellness Center (732) 758-1800 788 Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls, NJ, 07724, US Shoshanna Katzman is Director of the Red Bank Acupuncture & Wellness Center in New Jersey, author and media personality. She received acupuncture and herbal training from Michael Tierra from 1981 to 1984. Her healing center…

Susan Kramer, EWCH

Susan W. Kramer, Ph.D., RH-AHG), Esq. (404) 248-1784 1340 Woodland Hills Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30324, US Susan W. Kramer is a Therapeutic Herbalist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. She relies upon Traditional Chinese medicine as her primary analytic tool and uses both western and Chinese herbs in her personally crafted tincture formulas. She…

Bodil P Meleney, EWCH

Midnight Sun Herbal Health 301-270-1582 7129 Sycamore Ave., Takoma Park, MD, 20912, United States https://www.facebook.com/MidnightSunHerbs https://www.facebook.com/bodil.p.meleney I am Bodil P Meleney, a clinical herbalist and Polarity Therapist.

Aviva Romm, EWCH

Aviva Romm, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Registered Herbalist, AHG President American Herbalists Guild NHEF 203 272 6753 141 Nob Hill Rd., Chesire, CT, 06410, United States https://avivaromm.com/ Herbal Medicine for Women and the Women\’s Herbal Educator certification programs are hands-on courses for individuals and health care providers interested in learning how to effectively and safely use…

Holly Hutton, EWCH

Holly Hutton, MS, MFA, EWCH Herbal Goddess Medicinals, LLC (541) 408-4558 63287 Morningstar Ct., Bend, OR, 97701, US Facebook

Roy Upton, EWCH

Roy Upton, Registered Herbalist, Executive Director, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, Vice-President, American Herbalists Guild Herbal Educational Services (800) 252-0688 Roy Upton is the Executive Director and Editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of quality control standards for botanical products. The AHP monographs have been regarded by many as being…

Howard Silvestre, EWCH

414-479-0166 1500 N 53rd Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53208, US

Laurence Layne, EWCH

Laurence Layne, LMT, CH Healing Waters Clinic 904-826-1965 26 Clark St., St, Augistine, FL, 32084, United States   Laurence Layne has a rich and varied history in wholistic healing and alternative medicine. As a young teenager he read The Sleeping Prophet, a biography of Edgar Cayce, the first book of its kind to introduce wholistic healing…

Gene Newsome, EWCH

Gene Newsome, Registered Pharmacist, RH, AHG Snow Mountain Herbal Consultants (503) 298-9873 #10 6th Street, Suite 201, Astoria, OR, 97103, US http://www.snowmountainbotanicals.com/ 2002 Graduate from the East-West Course and Professional Member of the AHG. I am an Oregon State University graduate with 30 years of hospital pharmacy experience. Completed the master herbalist course with Bob…

Benjamin Zappin, EWCH

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac., AHG Professional Member Five Flavor Herbs 415-816-3546 344 40th St., Oakland, CA, 94609, US https://www.fiveflavorsherbs.com/   Ben is an herbalist and Licensed Acupuncturist in practice in San Francisco, California. He utilizes his training in both Chinese and western herbal traditions along with modern medical perspectives on herbs and nutritional healing to his…

John Smith, EWCH

John Smith, B.A. (Hons) M; URHP C.H. BodyTonix 35 Dunkerry Road, Windmill Hill, Bristol, Avon, 0117 96316, UK     “My background is in a blend of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western Herbalism – (Tierra trained) my current studies include Unani Tibb (with particular emphasis on the Attars of Avicenna) and Alchemical Spagyrics (currently studying with…

Wendy Knoebel

Wendy Knoebel, TCM Clinical Herbalist, RH (AHG) Blue Wingg Herbs 358 Baily Road Northfield, VT, 05663, US (802) 485-9234 “Years ago I watched both parents suffer through debilitating illnesses with few options available in Alternative Medicine. In an effort to help them, I started researching the field of Alternative Medicine and eventually found Rosemary Gladstar.…

Craig Williams, EWCH

Ayurveda Austin Windsong Offices  Craig Williams, L.Ac., Clinical Herbalist AHG, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Veda Kovid 2111 Dickson St., Ste. 12, Austin, TX, 78704-4788, US http://www.ayurvedaaustin.com   Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies with a focus on Eastern Religions. Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. Nationally Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild.…

James Reinhart, EWCH

James Reinhart, RPH, RH, AHG 503-298-9873 #10 6th Street, Suite 201, Astoria, OR, 97103, US “2002 Graduate from the East-West Course and Professional Member of the AHG. I am an Oregon State University graduate with 30 years of hospital pharmacy experience. Completed the master herbalist course with Bob Flaws among other courses and studied with…

Susan Coombs, EWCH

Susan Coombs, EWCH Therapeutic Massage, Spa and Herbals  318 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, CT, 06331, US

Holly Dunbar, EWCH

Holly Dunbar, RH (AHG) New Moon Bodywork & Botanicals 301-392-5186 616 East Charles Street, Suite 104, LaPlata, MD, 20646, United States https://www.newmoonbody.com/ New Moon is a holistic health practice offering therapeutic massage and bodywork, Herbal medicine in the Chinese and Western traditions, and aromatherapy. Holly completed studies at Baltimore School of Massage, East West Herb…

Tobi Jane Panter, EWCH

Hummingbird Holistic Healing Tobi Jane Panter, AHG, R.Ac (604) 732-9179 , Vancouver, BC, Canada

Jennifer Grady, EWCH

Jennifer Grady, L.Ac 831-359-3746 912 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States Jennifer Grady, LAc., is happily serving patients as an acupuncturist and herbalist in Santa Cruz, CA, and once a week in the Bay Area. She delights in working with plants and people, and has found great joy in working with elders and…

Nicholas Schnell, EWCH

Nicholas Schnell, RD, LMNT, RH (AHG) Four Winds Natural Healing Center, LLC (402) 933-6444 316 North 115th Street, Omaha, NE, 68154, United States “At the ripe age of twelve, after having a calling to be an herbalist, my grandmother took me under her wing and showed me all her home remedies. Each day my passion…

Alan Keith Tillotson, Registered Herbalst, EWCH

Alan Keith Tillotson, Registered Herbalist, (AHG), Ph.D Chrysalis Natural Medicine Clinic (302) 994-0565 1008 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE, 19808, United States https://www.chrysalisnaturalmedicine.com/ “I began my study of herbal medicine when I got sick in Afghanistan in 1976, and ended up at the clinic of famed Ayurvedic doctor Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracharya, who saved my life.…

Christopher Hobbs, EWCH

Christopher Hobbs, B.A., L.Ac., A.H.G (530) 750-3371 2640 Portage Bay East, #7, Davis, CA, 95616, United States http://www.christopherhobbs.com “Michael and Lesley have accomplished a lot over the years–and have turned many people on to herbal medicine and living a healthy life. Knowing them personally, I know they practice what they preach. Their work, dedication, and…

Miles Coleman, EWCH

Miles Coleman, EWCH RH AHG (402) 575-7935

Brian Kie Weissbuch L.Ac.

Brian Kie Weissbuch L.Ac. is an herbalist and acupuncturist in private practice in Northern California since 1991. Cofounder of KW Botanicals Inc, San Anselmo, CA, he has 42 years experience as a botanist, western herbalist, and formulator of proprietary extracts for Eastern and Western practitioners.

Sheri Hawn, March 2018

My name is Sheri Hawn and I am currently an Advanced Student here at East West. What a journey of learning and self-discovery this has been. I grew up in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and spent many hours, as a child, wandering the land, picking plants and flowers and “making medicine”, which I usually fed to the dog! I come from a line of healers and nature lovers; I am grateful to my elders for helping me to see beyond what eyes can see in both people and nature. …

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Jason Harler, February 2018

I grew up in various places along the coasts of California, the Pacific Northwest and up into Alaska in the ‘70s and early ‘80s. As a very young boy I was always most at home in these old forests, bea …

Remembering Victoria Fortner: Herbalist, Healer, Friend

Victoria Fortner, herbalist and artist, was a beloved elder and member of the American Herbalists Guild. She passed away nearly four years ago from cancer in Potosi, Missouri, where she lived and work …

Care for Your Heart This Valentine Season

During this season of love, as well as tending to your loved ones, care for your heart, too! Here are four terrific herbs that assist heart function, which could prevent heart attacks as well as treat …

Vanquish the Flu with Elderberry

The flu is now widely in circulation and quickly going into people’s lungs. This is not only inconvenient and uncomfortable but can also cause dangerous prolonged and harsh coughing spells that can el …

Astragalus for immunity

Most people have heard of the herb astragalus. Usually it’s the first Chinese herb learned after ginseng, and maybe dang gui. Some know astragalus as the “tongue depressor” herb because its sliced bul …

Intranasal Calamus Oil: Effective Treatment for Down Syndrome and Autism

I have been treating a young man with Down Syndrome mostly with acupuncture over the course of years. His mother has him in a home with other people with Down Syndrome. As with many of these people, h …

How to Prevent Flu with Herbs

An old Chinese folk adage “Trying to cure disease after it has begun is like trying to forge weapons while the battle is underway” carries the same meaning as Benjamin Franklin’s aphorism, “An ounce o …

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International Studies

East West School of Planetary Herbology has gone to China and will be traveling to other medicinal-herb-important locations. …

Fukishen Japanese Abdominal Diagnosis

The following are assessment areas, their meanings and the indicated formulas as used in Japanese Abdominal Diagnosis …

Trip to China

The school’s teachers and students traveled to China where we learned Traditional Chinese Medicine and professional herbalist methods first-hand. …

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Meet Our East West Clinical Herbalists

Meet our East West Clinical Herbalist graduates. Many are professional herbalists. Our Clinical Herbalist graduates are recommended by Michael and Lesley Tierra.

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Seminar Teachers

The Herbal Seminar teachers are all Clinical Herbalist professionals. Many graduated from the East West School. …

Cheryl Ensing, January 2018

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and I currently live in Burlington, WA with my husband. If someone would have told me, when I was young, that someday I would become an acupuncturist a …

Benjamin Zappin, L.AC.

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area’s most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. With over 20 years of experience, Benjamin has studied at Five Branches Institute in Santa C …

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The school’s science courses include Anatomy and Physiology, and Pathology and Disease …

Barefoot Doctor Healing Techniques

Lesley Tierra, L.Ac., Dip. Ac. From The Herbs of Life, Published by Crossing Press, 1992 The Barefoot Doctor healing techniques have mainly been identified as Chinese techniques used by the native he …

Research Center Articles

This is the School’s Public Article Library on Herbal Education, the History of Herbalism, Phytotherapy and Specific Herbs.

Phytotherapy

Phytotherapy is the scientific study of how to use plants to heal disease. This is our Public Phytotherapy Library. …

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Diagnosis

The Diagnosis section of the school’s public article library. …

Therapies and Treatments

The public article library Therapies and Treatments section …

Theory

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Specific Herbs

Public Article Library on specific herbs including research, scientific studies and case studies. …

Ron Teeguarden

Ron Teeguarden is the cofounder, with his wife Yanlin, and leader of Dragon Herbs. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost herbalists in America. Ron has been a professional practitioner and te …

Case Studies

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Prescription Alternatives –hundreds of safe, natural, prescription-free remedies to restore your health & energy by Earl Mindell, R.Ph.D. & Virginia Hopkins, M.A.

by Earl Mindell, R.Ph.D. & Virginia Hopkins, M.A. This is a gem of a book that compares traditional medical prescription drugs for herbal, nutritional and dietary alternatives. Considering that prescr …

Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer by Donald R. Yance, Jr. C.N., M.H., A.H.G. with Arlene Valentine

A comprehensive program for prevention and treatment by Donald R. Yance, Jr. C.N., M.H., A.H.G. with Arlene Valentine, publ by Keats, 1999. This is an eagerly awaited book by one of North America’s mo …

Herbal Medicine: From The Heart of the Earth, Sharol Tilgner, N.D.

by Sharol Tilgner, N.D., Published by Wise Acres Publishing, P.O. Box 1168, Creswell, OR 97426 or www.herbaltransitions.com This is the best recently published book on Naturopathic Herbal Medicine tha …

Chinese Herbal Secrets by Stefan Chmelik, publ. by Avery

Chinese Herbal Secrets by Stefan Chmelik, publ. by Avery $17.95. Now this book is a gem! Full color illustrations on every page to exemplify the text. You don’t have to do much reading and it is absol …

Wind in the Blood: Mayan Healing and Chinese Medicine

by Garcia et al. published by North Atlantic Books, $20.00. More evidence for my hypothetical thesis of Planetary Herbalism, that the ancient healing wisdom of the planet emanated from one source and …

Pulses and Impulses by Graham Townsend and Ysha De Donna

Pulses and Impulses by Graham Townsend and Ysha De Donna oriented around Chinese pulse indications but translatable by most advanced Western practitioners to some extent though decidedly more for the …

The Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis

by Kirschbaum, published by Eastland Press The Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis by Kirschbaum, published by Eastland Press is the tongue diagnosis book that I have been waiting for. It makes every ot …

Herbal Medicine by Rudolf Weiss M.D. and Volker Fintelmann, M.D. second edition, revised and expanded 1999

In view of some of my colleagues’ opinion of this book I must change my original assessment based on a too cursory view of it that this edition is essentially a very superficial text based on the Germ …

The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook by Alan Tillotson

The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook by Alan Tillotson, published by Twin Streams Health. An important new herb book written by a graduate of the East West Herb Course. It beautifully integrates all aspect …

Treating Cancer with Herbs by Michael Tierra

In this book, Dr. Tierra provides a complete, systematic approach to treating cancer from a holistic perspective, while detailing the entire range of herbs and herbal medicines available to the practi …

Healing with the Herbs of Life by Lesley Tierra

by Michael & Lesley Tierra Healing with the Herbs of Life by Lesley Tierra Lesley’s new book, Healing with the Herbs of Life, is hot off the printing press and now on our shelves. Taking her 2 yea …

Aviva Romm, M.D.

Aviva Romm, MD, is referred to as “the face of natural medicine in the 21st century by Prevention Magazine” and named one of the 100 Women to Watch in Wellness by Mind Body Green. She has bridged the …

William Morris, PhD, DAOM, MSEd, LAc

Resident Scholar, Department of Acupuncture, Clinic Supervisor PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2009 DAOM, Traditional Oriental Medicine, Emperor’s College, 2006 MSEd, Medical Education, …

Obtaining an Herbalist Certification or Herbalist Degree

When selecting an herbal training, if you base your decision on an advertised accreditation certification, promise of a degree, credential of master herbalist’s degree, or other such authorizations, k …

James Min

James Min is a Clinical Herbalist and Herbal Seminar teacher. …

Efrem Korngold

Efrem Korngold, LAC, OMD. has pioneered the practice of Chinese medicine in America for nearly 40 years as an educator, writer, and practitioner. He co-authored the best-selling Between Heaven and Ear …

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, D.N.-C., R.H.

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, D.N.-C., R.H., has over 35 years of experience in alternative medicine, and is one of the foremost herbal experts in North America. He is a past president of the American Her …

David L. Hoffmann B.Sc. (Hons), M.N.I.M.H.

Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, the author became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsib …

Roy Upton, RH, Dip Ayu,

Roy Upton, RH, Dip Ayu, is the Executive Director and Editor of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of quality control standards for botanical pro …

Chandra Hartman, December 2017

I currently live in Panama City Beach, Florida and co-own Wild Root, a community-centered hybrid espresso bar and apothecary with my husband. My passion for herbalism grew out of a lifelong love of pl …

Herbology Training Courses

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Pamela Shaw

Pamela Shaw is the owner and operator of Quaternity Holistics LLC, and its sister company Tug Hill Herbals. She is a writer, medicine maker, wild-crafter, and clinician currently specializing in the p …

What’s a Tonic?

“Tonic” in TCM specifically refers to herbs that: increase Qi, usually through enhanced absorption and mitochondrial replication nourish Blood, usually by regulating red and white blood cell re …

Bigger, Better, More: The Brand New East West Herb Course Is Here!

With the expert aid of a wonderful support team, we have been updating, revising and reformatting our East West Herb Course for nine years now – NINE YEARS!!! The first half was completed in 2011 but …

Lesley Tierra, L.AC., AHG

Lesley Tierra, L.AC., Dip. Ac. NCCAOM, Dip. CH NCCAOM, RH, is a California State and nationally certified acupuncturist and herbalist. In her practice she combines acupuncture, herb and food therapie …

Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC., O.M.D.

Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC., O.M.D., founder of the American Herbalists Guild, is author of numerous books on health and herbal healing including The Way of Herbs, The Natural Remedy Bible, The Way of Ch …

Brett Wyatt, November 2017

I have always been interested in living and eating healthy. I’m sure it began with my grandfather. He taught me to fish, to plant a garden, and to can fruits and vegetables. He was from an era long pa …

Fall Power: Loquat Leaves

Not only do I love making medicines from my own garden but I also appreciate clients being able to obtain homegrown medicines, too. I’ll never forget one case where a woman was having nausea along wit …

A Recipe for Chinese Three Treasure Tonic Tea

While acknowledging all the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles of healing, a branch of TCM called Taoist Traditional Chinese Medicine (TTCM) does not emphasize the use of herbs to clear dis …

Roger Martin, October 2017

First of all, being an Earth Rat (Jan. 1949) and with Indian Summer approaching, I want to thank GOD for the harvest that I’m about to receive. Whether it be herbs, vegetables or just witnessing the F …

Herbal Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  I really like when I can use a standard protocol for a disease and receive consistently good results. This is especially true when it is a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune cond …

Why the “Energy” of Herbs is Critical to Their Success in Treatment

Have you ever talked with someone who thought that herbs didn’t work because they did little for them despite all their commercial hype? Or have you ever taken (or given) an herb and you (or the perso …

Jen Ciccolella, September 2017

I have always been interested in food as medicine and started to explore herbs as a way of healing when my oldest dog was diagnosed with invertebral disc disease as well as a heart murmur at age 5. To …

Candis Cantin Kiriajes

Candis Cantin Kiriajes is an herbalist living in California’s High Sierras. She is a senior graduate of the East West Herb Course and presently is a member of our distinguished faculty. She holds degr …

Susan Kramer, RH

Susan W. Kramer is a Therapeutic Herbalist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. She relies upon Traditional Chinese medicine as her primary analytic tool and uses both western and Chinese herbs in her …

Kratom: Uses, Dosage, Administration, and Contraindications

Kratom leaves   See Part 1 of my series on kratom here. I work at a local free clinic alongside other students and colleagues dispensing healing advice, free herbs and acupuncture. One of our regula …

Kratom: The Herbal Pain-Relieving Answer to the Opioid Epidemic?

  Mitragyna speciosa by Uomo vitruviano As of the beginning of August 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published notice of the state of the opioid epidemic in America. They estimated that …

Holly Hutton, RH, AHG

Essay Reviewer With her skillful guidance and direction, Holly is our main reviewer for the lesson essays. She also teaches at the East West Seminars, specializing in Medicine Making and Formulation. …

Lesley’s Blog

Lesley Tierra’s herbal medicine blog. …

Darren Huckle, L. Ac.

Darren Huckle, L. Ac., is passionate about the study, practice, and teaching of holistic health. He has spent 18 years cultivating a deep knowledge of holistic life skills including western and Chines …

Joe Granger, August 2017

My name is Joe Granger and I am a third-year student at East West.  I am thankful to be acknowledged as student of the month amongst our network of talented healers.  I found East West at a very inter …

Jennifer Grady, L. Ac.

Jennifer Grady, L. Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She emphasizes dietary and lifestyle consultations and delights in working with plants and people to create individual herbal medicin …

How to Drain Your Essence

In summer we often graze through the garden, feast on fruit, or skip meals altogether because we’re too involved with various activities to stop. Who doesn’t want to race outdoors first thing to enjoy …

Joshua Farahnik, RH AHG

Joshua is a Clinical Herbalist, Master Energy Therapist, meditation coach, yogi, ordained minister, writer and musician. He has studied numerous healing modalities and traditions from various teachers …

History of the East West Herb Course

“PLANETARY HERBOLOGY” THE FIRST GLOBAL APPROACH TO HERBALISM IS BORN

When Michael Tierra finished writing The Way of Herbs in 1980, he knew the book presented an exceptional opportunity …

Prashanti de Jager, Phd (cand), MS, EMT

Prashanti lived ten years in India where he treated hundreds of people, founded Organic India (an Ayurvedic herb company that processes local herbs by hand), the Dunagiri Foundation Trust and the Bhag …

Michael’s Blog

Michael Tierra’s herbal medicine blog. …

Aly Lear, July 2017

This July I am thrilled to be celebrating my third year as a part of the East West School Community where I plan to be a life-long-learner of Planetary Herbology. It makes me so happy to say I finally …

Sheila M. Devitt

Essay Reviewer Sheila is a reviewer for many of the lesson essays. She is thorough and thoughtful in her comprehensive reviews due to her many years of experience in the herbal community. Sheila M. De …

Anne de Courtenay

Anne de Courtenay is a writer, artist and herbalist living in Chicago. After completing her degree in journalism at Northwestern University, she received nearly a decade of training in clinical herbal …

Bethany Chappell, June 2017

Without a doubt, herbalism became my life’s path.  I am driven to understand the power of plants and their healing energy. My name is Bethany Chappell, herbalist and owner of Herbal Health Omaha. I am …

Managing Aggressive Flu with Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies

The following is a guest blog post by East West graduate and faculty and professional herbalist Nancy Angelini. Viral influenza is generally categorized as H1N1 (swine flu) or H5N1 (avian/bird flu). T …

Miles Coleman, EWCH RH AHG

Miles Coleman is a clinical herbalist and teacher. Miles has been a chinese martial arts and qi gung teacher for over 40 years. He is on staff with the east west school and is the Director of the HSIN …

Christopher Hobbs

Dr. Christopher Hobbs, a 4th generation botanist and herbalist, has studied and worked with the medicinal uses of herbs for over 30 years…. …

Karley Martin, May 2017

I am originally from a small town in Calaveras county California, which is in the foothills and upward into the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains.  I knew since I was a child that I wanted to live on …

Guest Teachers

Read our clinical herbalist teacher biographies. …

Herbal Research Websites

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Holly Guzman

In 1972, age 13, Holly studied acupuncture with help from the Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan where she lived. There, she was given a booklet on curing deaf mutes. A few years later, Holly traveled to …

Not All Sugar Is Bad: Glucose for Your Brain, Nerves, Heart and Muscles

Could you ever imagine yourself as being ‘sugar deprived?’  Do you find yourself unable to sleep soundly throughout the night, getting up frequently to urinate, feeling exhausted the next day with fre …

Mariposa Bernstein

Dr. Mariposa is truly an East-West woman, having lived for equal parts of her life on both coasts of the country. Mariposa spent her youth in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her early exploration of b …

Cancer – Its causes, symptoms and treatment (book)

Dr. Eli Jones was one of the most important Eclectic medical doctors and teachers. This is his Cancer, Its Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Book …

Our Faculty

Our herbalist school faculty are all professional herbalists practicing in real clinical environments. …

Emily Stock, April 2017

I am an herbalist and doula in Moab, Utah, USA. I have a store-front apothecary and product line called Sundial Medicinals, which I retail and wholesale throughout the Four Corners region.  I grow ove …

Andy Ellis

Andrew Ellis first studied Chinese medicine with Dr. James Tin Yau So at the New England School of Acupuncture. He left New England in 1983 to study Chinese language in Taiwan and apprenticed with Chi …

Amanda McQuade Crawford

Amanda McQuade Crawford is an herbalist and clinical psychologist practicing integrative health care in Ojai, serving Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. An Adjunct Professor at the Massa …

Richo Cech

Just as a horse whisperer understands the particular needs and psychology of horses, a plant whisperer is one who can receive the subtle communications from plants revealing their special needs for su …

Ophiopogon: A Common Garden Ornamental with Superpowers

This spring, plant an herb that is not only an ornamental but also a powerful medicinal: ophiopogon. Known as Japanese turf lily or mondo grass, it is usually planted as a decorative border for its lo …

Larken Bunce

Larken is a clinical herbalist, educator, gardener, writer, and photographer deeply inspired by a life-long love affair with plants. Since 1994, she has studied traditional views of health and nature …

Harriet Beinfield

Harriet is a licensed acupuncturist, author, and educator who has practiced Chinese medicine for more than 40 years. Harriet is co-author of the best-selling Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chin …

Learn from the Best

Learn online and in person with professional, practicing clinical herbalists and some of the top experts in the field. …

Ingrid Bauer, MD, MS

Co-founder of Five Flavors Herbs With experience that bridges Western and Eastern medicine, Ingrid brings rigorous scientific knowledge to Five Flavor Herbs. A graduate of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint …

Herbalist Training FAQs

Herbalist Training FAQs:
How do I choose the right herbal study course for me? …

Rare Books

Several rare books scanned by Michael Tierra or linked to various sites on the internet from people such as Henriette Kress, Michael Moore and Paul Bergner, are included here. These represent a virtua …

Amber Worman, March 2017

I am originally from Evansville, IN, and I am currently planting roots in the Louisville, KY, area. My passion for healing herbal products started in my early childhood years where I would mix differe …

About Our Training

THE ONLY SCHOOL THAT TEACHES PLANETARY HERBOLOGY!
Led by alternative health pioneer and American Herbalists Guild founder Dr. Michael Tierra, O.M.D., and accomplished acupuncturist, herbalist and a …

Family Herbalist Course

Learn to become a family herbalist at the East West School …

Jill Barnattan

Jill Barnattan is an impassioned yogi, integrative clinical planetary herbalist, flower essence practitioner and organic gardener, utilizing her 20+ year study and practice of yoga and herbs to empowe …

Tinnitus Treatments by East West Teacher Holly Hutton

What’s that sound? Why won’t it go away? Tinnitus, commonly known as “ringing in the ears” and the perception of sound where no external source of sound is present, is a surprisingly common affliction …

Book Review: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution by Dr. Aviva Romm

Do you experience weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, hormonal imbalances, sleep problems, gut imbalances, high cholesterol and/or blood pressure, digestive problems, chronic headaches, regular illness, …

Adrienne Totino, February 2017

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, PA, where I was born and raised. Growing up, my mother treated our family’s health issues with herbal and food remedies. Like many people, I became interested in lear …

East West Clinical Herbalist (EWCH) Program

The East West School of Herbology East West Clinical Herbalist (EWCH) Program is specific for those desiring to pursue a career as a clinical herbalist. It acknowledges the expertise and experience …

Book Reviews

Herbal and health book reviews. …

Treating Arthritis, Lower Back and Joint Pains

Arthritis, joint and back pain is so prevalent throughout the world that there really is no point to describe how many sufferers there are. It is safe to say that if you are around the age of 55 or ol …

Guest Blog: How to Study Herbal Medicine by Kristi Shapla

Introduction from Lesley: If anyone should know how to study efficiently it is Kristi Shapla, who as a mother, teacher, product formulator and producer, and wife is also a doctoral student. She has fi …

Welcome to the Research Center

Welcome to the East West School of Herbology’s Knowledge Center. We are the nation’s premier training center for professional herbalists. As well our goal is to educate the world on the healing and he …

Why do we call it “Planetary Herbology”?

Planetary Herbology is Michael and Lesley Tierra’s unique, global approach to botanical medicine. It unites a solid study of herbs, scientific research, medicine-making, and diagnostic systems from 

Compare Courses

We offer the following programs, depending on the requirements a student wishes to meet: Family Herbalist, Professional Herbalist and Clinical Herbalist courses. …

36-Lesson Professional Herbalist Course

While Western herbal training tends to emphasize the allopathic use of herbs (“this herb is good for that”) along with their pharmacology and biochemistry, our Planetary Herbal approach teaches the …

Nancy Angelini

Coming from a family of seven sisters and one brother, Nancy Angelini learned to depend on her own resources. From an early age Nancy had a wide ranging curiosity about “how things worked”. A self-des …

Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT

Jerry is an integrative practitioner drawing from over 30 years of experience and continued training in various modalities. He has a Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation Medicine/Counseling fro …

Barbara Scavotto, January 2017

My name is Barbara Scavotto,  and I’ve lived in Northern Connecticut my entire life. My mother is an avid gardener and taught me how to grow flowers from a very young age. I remember the wonder of wat …

Book Review: “Eat Wheat” by Dr. John Douillard

  Gluten or dairy intolerant? You may not need to give up wheat and dairy, says Dr. John Douillard, DC, in his book Eat Wheat (Morgan James Publishing, 2017). Backed by years of clinical experience he …

Sweet Herbal Holiday Treats

I always love to make gifts when I can and especially love to receive handmade ones, too, as do many people I know. If you do as well, or are wondering what to give someone, here are a couple of holid …

Jenn Doucet, December 2016

I grew up in the boreal forest of northern Alberta, Canada. My love of the natural world was cultivated at a young age by numerous days of fishing,> camping, and foraging for berries and mushrooms in …

Cardamom: Your Best Friend

There is one kitchen spice most of us could use more of in our lives: cardamom. While there are different types of cardamom (see end for details), just the plain old spice you have in your kitchen cab …

The Three Levels of Healing

In my previous blog on treating H. pylori-induced stomach inflammation with herbs, I touch briefly on a fundamental difference between conventional and complementary medicine: namely, that conventiona …

Hanni Heller-Ram, November 2016

My name is Hanni Heller-Ram I was born and raised in Israel. My mother is German and raised us on Dr. Schuessler’s  bio cell salts and chamomile tea. We had a garden with over 400 species of fruit tre …

Herbs for H. pylori and gastric inflammation

Recently, a colleague sent me the following question: A friend in Canada tested positive for H. pylori bacteria. Of course, the Western doctor he goes to wanted to start heavy antibiotic treatment. Pl …

What is “Gao Jelly”?

Gao Jelly is a black, jelly-like substance made from Chinese herbs. Sometimes called Gui Ling Gao Herbal Jelly, it was traditionally comprised of 30-50 herbs. Today it is a popular chilled dessert, ob …

Hesty Morley, October 2016

Hi!  My name is Hesty Morley. I have always been fascinated by the human body, how it works, disease and health. My journey began in university where I studied Biochemistry and Biomedical Science.  I …

Megan Deely, September 2016

Hi! My name is Megan Deely. I am currently residing in the outskirts of good old Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been here for ten years now and although I am only 24, I feel as if I have lived through quite a …

The Wonders of Moxa, Part 2

How to use moxa: If using purchased moxa, remove its commercial paper wrapper first (but not the white inner paper) and light one end. Hold about ½” above the skin over your chosen area, the distance …

Two Acupoints for the Price of One: GB 20 and Krikatika Marma for Allergies, Headache and More

Acupressure applied to Gall Bladder 20. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 361 charted acupuncture points on the body. Acupuncturists generally recognize any active point on th …

The Wonders of Moxa, Part 1

On our recent trip to China we went to Mr. Wei’s clinic in Hong Kong. There we learned of a new type of moxibustion – thunder moxa. It has many valuable uses and although it’s only available in China …

Inga Bylinkina, August 2016

I was born and raised in the mountains of Caucasus in Russia. I have very early memories of my grandmother making herbal teas, remedies, and tending the garden. We used to spend summers with my dad fo …

How Is Herbal Medicine Practiced in Modern-Day China?

A group of 24 East West students, graduates, teachers, and a few of their companions traveled to study herbs in China for 10 days in May. What we found there was most surprising and encouraging. Micha …

An Unforgettable Educational and Cultural Experience: East West Students in China

Michael Tierra with a view of the Huangshan mountain range. The East West Herb Course and TCMZone organized a special training for our advanced and graduate East West Course students to receive advanc …

Jillian Wisborg, July 2016

One of the main reasons I got into holistic health, and learning about herbal medicine, nutrition, iridology, self-empowerment, etc., is because I was upset that there has always been such a cloak of …

East West Goes to China!

This year after one of our best seminars ever (per many students and teachers), a large group of East West students and graduates traveled to China together! The bulk of our time was spent training wi …

Nathan Shannon, June Graduate of the Month

My name is Nathan Shannon. I was born in Meeker, Colorado, which is in the northwest part of the state.  I moved to central Wisconsin before I started school and lived there until I was 21 at which ti …

Tonic Herb Master Ron Teeguarden Visits East West Seminar

by Beverly Jennings, RH (AHG), MT, East West School of Planetary Herbology Graduate East West students were fortunate to have the opportunity to spend an entire day with renowned herbalist Ron Teeguar …

Hung Ting Ting, May 2016

My name is Hung Ting Ting from Hong Kong. I am 33 years old and I danced ballet for 14 years. After earning a Bachelor’s of Fashion Design, I became a jewelry designer for several years. A mild health …

Guest Blog Feature: Chris Hobbs on Gentiana lutea and Bitters

Christopher Hobbs Christopher Hobbs needs no introduction to the herb world. If you have even the faintest spark of interest in herbs, you should know of him. I can’t even begin to count his many achi …

Gregory Joynes, April 2016

I lived in Baltimore most of my life.  I was drafted into the military and joined the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was deported for 6 months off the coast of Vietnam.  After  that experienc …

Where Music and Herbalism Meet: Notes on “Arcana”

“Northwest Passage” The amazing music of composer, Alex Shapiro Featuring the world premiere of ARCANA: SUITE FOR PIANO  commissioned by and dedicated to and performed by Michael Tierra, pianist. Peac …

American Botanical Council Honors Michael Tierra with Community Builder Award

Thursday evening, March 10, 2016, Michael was given the Mark Blumenthal Community Builder Award by the American Botanical Council (ABC). Mark (Founder and Executive Director of ABC and Editor of Herba …

Curing Pills: Don’t Leave Home without Them

The most widely used Chinese herbal formula comes with the boastful name, “Curing Pills.” In North America and Europe any herbal preparation with such a name would be viewed with the same humorous dis …

Anne Roe, March 2016

Hi, my name is Anne Roe and I am 33 years old. My origin is Germany, which I left five years ago to travel the world and find the most important person in my life: me. What a ride! I initially biked a …

Chloe Groom (Chloe Bee), February 2016

Currently, Chloe is the generator of a heart-centered hub for the alliance of ethno-botany, expressive movement, alternative art, and Earth medicine via transformational workshops and women’s Red Tent …

Triphala and Elderberry for IBS

The three fruits of Triphala. My clinical experience using the Ayurvedic formula Triphala is extensive, based on literally thousands of cases over the course or 25 years. It is only within the last th …

Calm Your Mind, Silence Your Thoughts with Bindi Tapping

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had a little spot on our head that we could tap to clear our mind of troublesome thoughts, fears, anxieties or mental garbage whenever we needed? Or how about another spo …

Joshua Laurenzi, January 2016

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee didn’t allow for much exposure to things like herbalism, just the vestiges of southern folk medicine mixed with the health food store accounts of rare radicals like my …

Merry Mistletoe

It’s that season when many pin a bouquet of mistletoe in their doorway for that magical ritual of kissing underneath its bounty. While there’s wonderful lore behind this annual tradition, mistletoe is …

Colds, Flu and Fevers: Just Sweat It Out

One of my favorite movies, Where the Wild Lilies Bloom (1974), tells the story of a family of five Appalachian children who use herbal folk healing they learned from their widower father who recently …

Michele Klassen, December 2015

In 1999, I graduated from California State University, Fresno,  with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude; and in 1994, from Fresno City College, CA, with a Degree of Associate …

East West Free Clinic Update: Bleeding and cupping treatment for severe back pain

Michael Tierra applies cups to a patient …with severe back pain at the East West Free …Clinic in Santa Cruz. We have encountered many extreme acute chronic conditions among the homeless popu …

Clove: The Old “New” Spice?

CLOVE (Eugenia caryophyllata, E. aromaticum, Syzygium aromaticum) Family: Myrtaceae Also called: caryophylli or ding xian (Chinese) Parts used: flower bud Energy and flavors: warm, acrid, aromoatic Or …

Ken Krantz, November 2015

I’ve lived in Tinmouth, Vermont, for the past 36 years amongst the hills, < fields, and trees.  There’s such a diverse amount of plant material here that will keep me busy for a long time to come. My ...

October Student of the Month, Jennifer Rich

I grew up in Campbell, < Ohio with one sister and two loving, supportive parents. I was raised in a political family, and hold the elected office of precinct committee person and serve as presiding ju ...

Untangling Yin Deficiency with Heat

As we continue this blog series on Yin Deficiency (with Heat), I want to make clear that the description of Heat hereby discussed is confined to the organic pattern of Heat and not the description of …

The Concept of “Heat” in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Heat is an extremely common condition in Traditional Chinese Medical Diagnosis. In Ayurveda Heat can be described as pitta and there are two broad classifications: Pitta prakriti describes a constitut …

Hawthorn Fruit Wine: An Herb for Healing and Opening the Heart

How beautiful in autumn shadows, the blood red berries of hawthorn are!  Drooping in small clusters along thorny branches they transform the final seasonal rays of the sun into a unique abundance of f …

Josh Williams, September 2015

I grew up just west of Salt Lake City, Utah, and have spent my life surrounded by protective mountains and four very dramatic seasons. Since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by the natural world, an …

Julia Hennig, August 2015

Growing up in northern Germany on the Baltic Sea, I have wonderful memories of time spent in the garden with my parents who harvested and preserved their own fruits and vegetables. We also kept beehiv …

Feverfew and Chrysanthemum

When most people hear of the herb feverfew, they think migraines. While feverfew became popular in Great Britain in the ‘80s for treating this, it has been used far longer and for many more purposes t …

Shelley Swapp, July 2015

Growing up on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, UT (yep, I’m a Mormon) my family grew and preserved much of our own food and enjoyed the great outdoors.  Outside of school I studied many types of dance …

Black Cohosh, East and West: Part 2

See Part 1 here. Black cohosh has long been used throughout the world, but today its many uses have been mostly forgotten in the face of its powerful effects on menopause. Here are many more of its tr …

Faith, Herbs or Placebo?

In desperation, a family with strong ‘old world’ roots brought to my office their beloved father, a humble Italian man who was diagnosed at Stanford hospital with late stage pancreatic cancer. He only …

Black Cohosh: East and West Part 1

When you hear of the herb black cohosh, what do you think it treats? Today most people say, “Menopause,” as it has been shown to stop hot flashes. However, this herb does far more than that and is a p …

Morning Flash, June 2015

Hi! My name is Morning. I have lived in various places around the U.S., as well as elsewhere in the world. I have loved and enjoyed the people I have known, < and the richness of being able to experie ...

Acorus calamus (Sweet flag)

Sweet flag (Acorus calamus; A. americanus) has been one of those on-again/off-again herbs where it’s safe to use it, then it’s not, and then it is again. Well good news for North Americans – its nativ …

Studies substantiating the energetic properties of herbs based on flavors and organ meridians

Can the claims of traditional herbal medicine be substantiated scientifically? Because trials are expensive and because there is no profit in sight for researching and bringing to market anything that …

Beverly Jennings, May 2015 Graduate of the Month

Prior to studying herbs, my background was in graphic design, having my own business and eventually working with a major state-wide and local newspapers and full service ad agencies. I moved from the …

A Better Way to Reap the Phenomenal Benefits of Noni

Mention “noni” (Morinda citrifolia) to anyone who has tasted the fermented fruit, and the conversation is over. Some people would rather die than have to ingest fermented  — a polite word for ‘rotten …

Michael McEvoy, April 2015

I’ve been in the nutritional consulting field for the past 8 years. Prior to that I was a full time yoga instructor. I am the founder of www.MetabolicHealing.com, where I’ve authored around 300 resear …

Calendula, the Western Safflower

There’s another great Western substitute for a Chinese herb: Calendula officinalis can stand in for safflower (hong hua, Carthamus tinctorius). The two are flowers, one being deep gold to orange in co …

Introducing: the East West Free Herbal Clinic

East West Free Clinic herbalists Maureen Flash, Erin Massengale, Michael McEvoy, Beverly Jennings.  I have always had the desire to be of service to the poor and indigent in our community, but was nev …

What About Quince? Medicinal Uses

After writing about the various types of citrus and their uses I thought about using other fruits as medicine. My mind turned to quince, since our wild lemon tree looks very similar to it. However, qu …

Audra Marx, March 2015

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” There were too many answers. Now, I’m lucky enough to be able to say I’ve ‘been’ quite a few things. I’ve been a nanny, a bartender, a preschool teacher, an …

New York Attorney’s Botched Attempt to Regulate the Herbal Industry

A much-touted recent investigation by the New York State Attorney general’s office claimed national store brand herbal supplements sold at GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart in fact did not contain th …

Citrus: Fruit or Peel?

Most of us love some form of citrus – oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, limes and more – yet did you know that some parts of these delicious fruits are actually quite medicinal? Interestingly, …

Sheila Devitt, February 2015

I’ve moved from East to West over the course of my life. I was born in Boston. My parents were involved in the home birth movement, and natural food co-ops. We followed my father’s career first to Chi …

Making the Most of One Herb: Elecampane

Too often we find Western herbs pigeon-holed into convenient commercialized boxes. While this expands people’s interest in natural healing, it also limits herbs to one particular application such as e …

The Low-FODMAP Elimination Diet

My last two blog posts attempted to answer two questions: 1. Is it really necessary for all or even the majority of the 18 million people who are eliminating all wheat and gluten from their diet to do …

Jonah Ruh Roberts, January 2015

Finding myself in the place I am now, I feel so much gratitude to witness my life filling with herbs- building my apothecary, building my understanding, having a homestead to invite medicine plants to …

Perceived Gluten Sensitivity and Traditional Herbal Approaches

Gluten sensitivity and the TCM Spleen The unique concept of the ‘Spleen’ in TCM encompasses far more than the standard Western physiological organ. The TCM Spleen is a Yin organ whose function is desc …

Some of My Favorite Herbs and Therapies

It’s that season of the year again and so time to share some of my favorite herbs and therapies. The following I’ve found extremely useful over the last year. Some are herbs, others formulas, while st …

Michelle Schurig, December 2014

I am not sure where my love of plants came from, but there is a familial connection. My mother was an avid gardener and I grew up in a home with hundreds of plants. My uncle is an amateur botanist. I …

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity — Fact or Fiction?

In my 40 years of involvement as an herbalist in the natural health movement, I’ve seen a panoply of questionable diets, wonder-cures and pseudo-diseases (what herbalist, David Winston calls “disease …

Berberine Buddies, Part 2

Continuing the discussion of berberine-containing plants as Chinese-Western substitutes for each other, we first looked at using goldenseal in place of the Chinese herb, coptis (or vice versa if you c …

Berberine Buddies, Part 1

In my investigation of finding western substitutes for Chinese herbs, I now turn to herbs that contain the alkaloid berberine, a chemical constituent found in many plants including goldenseal, goldthr …

Adrian Williams, November 2014

I grew up in the wide-open spaces of rural Indiana, where my favorite early memories include gathering morel mushrooms with my family and exploring oak and hickory woodlands in timeless summer days.  …

Medicine Making and Meridian Therapy

What is the Medicine Making & Meridian Therapy Track About? This track is a hands-on experiential series of classes that emphasizes medicine making and preparations along with body therapies, tool …

Cayenne: Another Rude, Crude, Unsung Hero

Like garlic, cayenne pepper (Capsicum annum) is one of those rude, crude herbs that has staunch friends and enemies. Regarded as a virtual panacea by many, others find themselves irritated and annoyed …

Ebola and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Nothing New Under the Sun?

While I don’t think it is appropriate for any herbalist or alternative practitioner to claim to be an expert in treating such an obviously dangerous disease as Ebola, it might be of interest to know t …

Finding Western Substitutes for Chinese Herbs: Accept the Challenge!

For quite a while, I’ve been curious about Western alternatives to Chinese herbs. I’m particularly interested in creating effective alternative formulas to traditional Chinese ones (to know why, read …

Erin Massengale, October 2014

There are moments to me that it seems strange I ended up on the path of herbalism. I was in the construction/building industry and I was loving it. My husband and I owned a construction business and d …

Hawthorn: Teaching an Old Herb New Tricks

In my search for western substitutions for Chinese herbs, it’s hard to ignore the easy ones. Since we’re at the end of the Spleen time of the Spleen time of year – deficient Spleen symptoms being poor …

Herbal “Flavor” vs. “Taste”: What’s the Difference?

While many people may think that taste and flavor are the same, they are actually different. Here’s why: Taste refers to the senses in the mouth and has to do with how the tongue and mouth interact wi …

Amanda Hofeditz, September 2014

I’ve always had a love for natural healing. Growing up, my mom had beautiful gardens and made simple remedies at home. When I became a mother myself, I wanted to be able to do the same things for my f …

Are Herbs from the West Really the Best?

Many people in the West eschew herbs from other countries because they only want to use western herbs. While local herbs are the easiest and most convenient choice, they’re not necessarily the best an …

Jude Nicholson, August 2014

My great and late father, Paul, was a plant freak in his own right and gave to me my love of the natural and spiritual worlds. My mother tells me that I was conceived at Wind Cave National park in the …

Garlic: Rude, Crude, Unsung Hero

Ever wonder why you never hear mention of certain well-known herbs in the higher echelons of herbal medicine? Garlic is one such unsung herb. I once asked my prominent TCM and Ayurvedic herbalist coho …

The Oldest Herb Shop in Barcelona

Recently, Michael and I taught in England, and as we generally do when teaching there we also traveled to other countries. And of course we just had to investigate the herbal scene wherever we went, t …

Current Herbal Regulation in the UK

“Be it ordained established and enacted by authority of this present parliament, that at all time from henceforth, it shall be lawful to every person being the King’s subject, having knowledge and exp …

Michael Longfield, July 2014

As a kid, I loved to play in the woods adjoining my suburban neighborhood. It was the home of a grandmother oak tree, in which my best friend and I built a two-story tree house. We would fantasize abo …

Triphala: Effective Treatment for Gingivitis

Anyone who knows me knows that I believe the traditional Ayurvedic formula called Triphala is the greatest single herbal formula the world has ever known. That’s quite a statement, coming from an herb …

Wild Cherry, One of the Great North American Herbs

Wild cherry bark (Prunus serotina, P. virginiana) also known as choke cherry, is one of several herbal remedies that contain amygdalin, also called prunasin, a toxic glycoside found in the seeds of ma …

Book Review: Dandelion Hunter by Rebecca Lerner

With an overly stuffed plateful of responsibilities sandwiched between a week-long seminar of East West students and a month-long trip for which to prepare, I had no business reading a book. But when …

Kate Sinon, June 2014

My direct experience with herbs as medicine only began a few years ago.  Even so, I believe that they were always there running a parallel path with me and, like little brain synapses, connections wer …

Formulas Using Dandelion to Clear Heat and Toxins

Along with its typical purposes in Western herbalism, the Chinese use dandelion as a cold, anti-toxic herb to drain downward and disperse energy (Qi) stagnation and clumping. They’ve traditionally emp …

Salmonella in Spices and the Herbal Treatment of Food Poisoning

The FDA’s recent report on “Pathogens and Filth in Spices” finding salmonella in imported spices, especially from India and Mexico, has raised questions of how to prevent or treat food poisoning gener …

Dandelion: My Favorite Spring Herb

I first learned about dandelion by reading Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury many decades ago, a book not really about dandelions but so fully infused with the spirit of summer that it may as well have b …

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang to treat a wide range of diseases based in Spleen Qi and Yin Deficiency

Besides the ancient traditions of Traditional Chinese Medicine based on the Huangdi Neijing and the Nan Jing, there have been subsequent important schools of thought based on the practice of great mas …

Kristin Henningsen, May 2014

I’ve felt a connection with plants for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until my first move to the Southwest that I began to integrate them into daily life.  There I discovered how the native …

Treating Chronic, Complicated Conditions with Li Dong Yuan’s Pi Wei Lun

Chinese medicine divides diseases into two broad categories: 1. Diseases of “external contraction” (Wei Guan), which are relatively simple conditions that are acute in nature. 2. Diseases of “internal …

Back to Basics: Making Herbal Teas with Brigitte Mars

So many of us are removed from our herbs these days since we generally choose faster methods of consumption such as pills, capsules, tablets, powdered extracts, and tinctures since they fit our busy l …

Topical Uses for Cannabis sativa L.

Cannabis is considered under Federal law as a class I Controlled Substance, although in many states it is legal under medical marijuana laws.   This monograph will concentrate on cannabis’s topical ef …

Clinician-Client Connection (or, The Ritual of Medicine)

In the late 1980s, I attended the first International Congress of Healing in India and met Sai Baba. He spoke to a group of us about helping people heal and of all the things he said a practitioner co …

Becky Lerner, April 2014

I love sharing the wonders of wild edible and medicinal plants, and I am fortunate to make a living doing that. I’m the author of the book, “Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness,” which Pub …

Book Review: Modern Herbal Medicine by Steven Horne and Thomas Easley

Steven Horne is one of the leaders the herbal renaissance which began with only a few of us during the mid 20th century. He has had a distinguished career and powerful impact on the course of herbal m …

Simple Steps to Health and Happiness

To feel healthy, strong, vibrant, and vital each day sets the stage for all the other virtues, hope and interest. We will all eventually pass away sooner or later, but we owe it to ourselves to feel a …

Ayeala Helbig, March 2014

It’s only fitting that every photo I’ve found of myself lately includes my daughter – my studies at East West coincided very much with my transformation into a mother. I decided when I was pregnant th …

Shilajit (Moomiyo), the Monarch of Tonics

There’s a fabulous kidney tonic that I want to tell you about if you don’t already know it – shilajit. Sometimes spelled silajit, shilajeeta, or shilajeet, it is also called ashmaja, black bitumen E, …

A tiny new addition to our East West family

We are pleased to welcome to the East West family Áine Amanita Rose McCormack, born to East West graduate Anne de Courtenay and her husband, the musician Martin McCormack. Áine came into the world on …

Corydalis yanhusuo for inflammatory and neuropathic pain

I’m not sure when the use of poppy for the relief of pain was made illegal for herbalists, but it certainly is. In fact, in California one can be cited and made to uproot and discard any poppy plants …

Sahni Hamilton, February 2014

My love of the natural world was instilled early by growing up in the beautiful and challenging environment of outback Australia.  Being surrounded by people who were keen observers of plants, animals …

Got Shen? Part 2

There are many herbal approaches to supporting Shen depending on the imbalance affecting it: Nourish the Shen through Heart Qi, Blood, or Yin tonics: fu shen, zizyphus, biota, asparagus root, reishi …

Got Shen? Part 1

Do you love life? Do you enjoy people? Are you enthusiastic about what you do? Do you wake up excited for your new day? Do your eyes sparkle? Are you playful? Then you’ve got Shen. If you currently do …

Premio 10: The Most Useful Healing Tool I Discovered in 2013

It’s hard to believe that only about 25 years ago computers became the thing and I and a few of my friends purchased our first new Eagle computer. At the time it seemed state-of-the-art but alas, Eagl …

Jim Nymeyer, January 2014

My first exposure to herbs was soon after moving to Montana at age 12 when my mother came down with pneumonia. She took echinacea as part of her healing process, and so my young curiosity was struck. …

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things Part 2

HERBS – FOUR FAVORITES! While I’ve had many favorite herbs over the years with which I’ve experienced many wonderful healings, these four are my current favorites.   Teasel (Dipsacus) I’ve long used …

Herb Forum

Thank you for visiting East West School of Herbology, home of world-renowned herbalists Michael and Lesley Tierra. No doubt you are here because you did a search on a particular topic that we used to …

Gifts for Herbalists (and Others) on Your List

Numen: The Nature of Plants A film about the healing power of plants http://www.numenfilm.com This is the most beautiful film yet produced on what we herbalists are all about. It runs 75 minutes long …

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things Part 1

I decided it was high time again to introduce you to a few of my favorite things (I can’t believe it’s been five years since the last time I did this!). As I tend to focus on healing and not just herb …

Peggie Zih, December 2013

I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I went to college in Australia and lived there for eight years, earning my bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA. My career has been in I.T. thus far des …

Cooking with Herbs for the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and before you know it, you might need to start cooking up a storm. But what if you’re tired of the same old recipes or you want to try something new? Look no further …

Clinician’s Corner: Pulse Diagnosis

I recently gave a free in-depth introductory webinar on pulse diagnosis. We have since published it on Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6WTq0GhnyQ Pulse diagnosis is a signature diagnostic me …

Joshua Farahnik, November 2013

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and it was traveling abroad that really enlightened my life path and purpose.   Six years ago I fulfilled a dream of traveling through India and this is where …

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Thomas Schieffer, October 2013

I am a clinical herbalist and holistic health consultant and have been part of the Goldthread team for the past four years. I started as a student of William Siff’s and transitioned to Goldthread’s op …

Patti Shimokawa, September 2013

I spent my early years in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. When I was 5, my family settled in State College, PA. That was a magical and formative place and time for me-we had a sandbox my dad made …

What Is the Best Herbal Preparation for Your Condition?

When I first learned about herbs in the late ’70s, they were usually taken as capsules, with food, or smoked! As I began to study Chinese herbs I learned that they were typically prepared as teas. The …

Weight Loss Plateaus and Exercise

A close member of my family recently went on a weight loss diet and happily dropped 25 pounds within two or three months. Suddenly encouragement changed to despair as she found that try as hard as she …

Snap Your Spleen Back in Shape! Part 1

We are at the end of the Spleen/Stomach “time of year” – actually the Spleen/Spleen time – meaning that digestive and metabolic issues can be especially strained now. Every organ system “rules” about …

Snap Your Spleen Back into Shape! Part 2

In my last blog post we explored patterns of disharmony for the Spleen, which are so prevalent at this time of year. Here, I’ll discuss remedies for those patterns. SPLEEN DIET There are many great tr …

Some Useful Ideas and Tips for Weight Loss

The word is finally getting out. Approximately one third of Americans are overweight. As a result, they suffer from a number of metabolic diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and diabete …

Care for the Caregiver, Part 2

In Part I of this series I began the discussion about using of herbs to care for the caregiver. As a reminder, many herbs support your body-mind complex to assist in stressful times. They can increase …

Care for the Caregiver, Part 1

Now that you know how to be and find a hospital advocate, what about the advocate herself? How does she get her much-needed support? Being a caregiver can be a staggering job and consume your mental, …

Maral Root: A Lesser Known Adaptogen from Russia

“Adaptogen” is a term coined by Russian professor of medicine and physiological medicine Dr. Israel I. Brekhman and colleagues to describe herbs that have the potential to increase the body’s ability …

Maja Kruse, August 2013

I was lucky to grow up in a beautiful area just outside Copenhagen, near the sea and close to forests and parks. It feels like my interest in herbs and natural medicine have been with me my whole life …

Book Review: Botany in a Day gets a new color edition

Many years ago, Montana resident Thomas J. Elpel dropped off a manuscript entitled Botany in a Day at my office. Over the years many people have submitted manuscript copies of their book to me in the …

Find Your Hospital Advocate, Part 2

In Part I we discussed the essential need for having or being an advocate when you or a loved one is in the hospital. An advocate can operate long distance via phone, but in person is best and may eve …

Find Your Hospital Advocate: Part 1

I hope this never happens to you, but it’s usually inevitable that one day either you or a loved one may end up in the hospital. This is most typical when caring for elderly parents, as happened to me …

Sarah Graham, July 2013

Even though I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and appreciate urban centers, I developed a deep respect for the natural world.  This inspiration can be attributed mostly to spending time on m …

The Fifth Stagnation: Food Stagnation, Part 2

In Part I we learned about the many signs and symptoms of Food Stagnation. In this segment we’ll cover how to treat and prevent it. Therapies for Food Stagnation Diet Therapy Foods to Eat: Adequate am …

Global Warming and My Garden

I think climate change is affecting my garden in Ben Lomond, California (a section of which shown at right). It is situated along a narrow strip in the Santa Cruz Mountains which lie some 2,500 feet a …

Moxa for Menstrual Irregularities, Infertility and Insomnia

Menstrual Irregularities and Infertility Conception Vessel 4, called guan yuan or “origin pass”is located approximately two inches above the top of the pubic bone on a straight center line down from t …

The Fifth Stagnation: Food Stagnation, Part 1

We made it! We got through Qi, Blood, Cold and Damp stagnations, and now we are on the fifth and last one: Food Stagnation. This one is perhaps the easiest to understand and relate to because certainl …

Jodi Horon, June 2013

I was born and raised in Olympia Washington, and lived in Seattle until 2009.  I currently live in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with my husband, his two boys and our golden retriever.  I …

The Fourth Stagnation: Damp Stagnation, Part 2

In Part I we learned about the many signs and symptoms of Damp Stagnation and its far reaching affects on health. In this segment we’ll cover how to treat and prevent Damp Stagnation and Phlegm. Of co …

Moxa for Back Pain, Colds and Flu

Last time, I talked about moxibustion and its uses on the acupuncture point Stomach 36. There are several other uses and locations for moxa, which I will discuss in this and subsequent blogs. Best of …

The Fourth Stagnation: Damp Stagnation, Part 1

Whether you’ve had April showers or are experiencing May ones, rain is a great metaphor for Dampness in the body. Just as rain collects and congests traffic (Qi or Blood stagnation) it can also flood …

Cori Ward, May 2013

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I have an amazing family –my husband, 3 children and a dog. I am lucky to be so blessed with all their love and support because without them the East West Sch …

Moxibustion and Stomach 36

Moxibustion, commonly called “moxa,” is one of the methods used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where the downy fluff of the leaves of Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort) is burned directly on or near …

The Third Stagnation: Cold Stagnation, Part 2

In Part I we learned about the many signs and symptoms of Cold Stagnation and its effects on physical and mental health. In this segment we’ll cover how to treat and prevent Cold Stagnation. You may b …

The Third Stagnation: Cold Stagnation, Part 1

Years ago when I worked in Cleveland, I’d stare out the office window at a sunny spring day. Ecstatic to finally have warm weather, I’d rush out at lunchtime without a coat – it looked warm after all …

Joe Eckre, April 2013

My name is Joe Eckre. My friends call me Surya. When I was in the first grade, my father took an interest in nutrition and vitamins. He had problems with his energy level and his new diet and suppleme …

Butterbur for Allergies

In my previous blog, I discussed the little-known use of ragweed for allergies. Another herb that can give over-the-counter antihistamines a run for their money is butterbur (Petasites hybridus). Abou …

The Second Stagnation: Blood Stasis, Part 2

In Part 1 we learned about the many signs and symptoms of Blood Stasis and its effects on health. Now, we’ll cover how to treat and prevent Blood Stasis. Of course you’ll be immediately interested in …

Like Treats Like: Ragweed to Treat Allergies

Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, circa 1482… …

The Second Stagnation: Blood Stasis, Part 1

After briefly covering the five stagnations in January (Parts 1 and 2) and Qi stagnation in February (Parts 1 and 2), it makes sense to cover Blood stasis next. Qi and Blood are intricately connected …

The “Bitter Brew” Vindicated by Science

Before there was any understanding of biochemical constituents, traditional herbal healing systems relied on flavors as indicators of medicinal properties. (Determining the properties and quality of a …

Heather Baker, March 2013

I was born and raised in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. I’ve always been grateful to live in this beautiful, diverse and unique area. I am surrounded by two Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario), the …

The First Stagnation: Qi Stagnation, Part 2

In Part 1 we learned about the many signs and symptoms of Qi stagnation and its far reaching affects on physical and mental health. In this segment we’ll cover how to treat and prevent Qi stagnation. …

The First Stagnation: Qi Stagnation, Part 1

Last month we discussed the five stagnations in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) along with two formulas to treat all five. In honor of Spring, which begins this year on Feb 10 (Chinese New Year), w …

Influenza Revisited

Here it is again – another influenza epidemic claimed to be the biggest in 10 years. We’re bombarded by the usual display of public health officials including TV doctor-personality Dr. Oz all dutifull …

Jill Barnattan, February 2013

I am a New Yorker of Mediterranean descent, convinced my herbal sorcery stems from my ancestry. I endured 2 major surgeries before the age of 8, leaving my inner spirit scarred and scared. My father t …

The Mother of All Diseases: Stagnation (Part Two)

In Part I of this blog, I discussed the Five Stagnations in general along with some non-herbal treatments. Here are two general herbal formulas that can be used for all types of stagnation. Stagnation …

Triphala for Ulcerative Colitis: A Case Study

Ulcerative colitis affects approximately 100 out of 100,000 people in the United States. Genetic disposition and food sensitivities are common causes. The disease can lead to colon cancer and related …

The Mother of All Diseases: Stagnation (Part One)

Usually this time of year I write about resting more, doing less and in general, relaxing to replenish your vital kidney energy. Yet, it’s also important to balance rest with movement or exercise. Lyi …

How to Lose Weight: One Herbalist’s Journey

A few months ago, I found myself asking the question that so many of my students and colleagues were polite enough to not ask me: “What is an herbalist, author of multiple best-selling books and artic …

Suzana Corritori, January 2013

I am native of former Yugoslavia where herbal tradition has always been strong. Herbs were always part of my life, inseparably and tightly woven into the fabric of my family, traditions and customs. M …

Spice Up Your Holiday with Healing Culinary Herbs

I don’t know what it is about the holidays and me, but when this time of year comes around I think about spices. It’s probably because of the season – winter, colder weather, Kidney time – and spicing …

Exploring the Rewilded Cave of Ancient Hawaii

Hawaii is the endangered species capital of the United States, according to paleoecologist David Burney, author of Back to the Future In the Caves of Kauai (Yale, 2010). Closely associated with the wo …

Dui Yao Therapy: When Two Herbs are Better than One

Webinar Link: https://youtu.be/6IJ04AzmLWM… …

Give Thanks to Your Illness with “Metaphor-phosis”

Why would one ever want to thank an illness? After all, illness is often distracting, discouraging, depressing, even painful. What good is there in that? Most people feel this way – I certainly have o …

Melanie St. Ours, November 2012

I never planned to become an herbalist. Though I spent much of my childhood mashing up plants in my backyard (and unknowingly smearing poke on my little sister while pretending to make medicine… an …

Herbal Tonics: East and West

“What is the difference between a tonic in eastern versus western herbalism?” This question, launched at me during our last seminar, was a good one that deserved more attention than I could give at th …

Herbal Medicines: The Most Effective Ways and the Best Times to Take Them

Once upon a time, when people got sick they knew that that they must “drink their bitter brew” to get well. Presumably this meant some sort of herbal tea or other liquid potion. While native and tradi …

Pamela Shaw, October 2012

I grew up in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York and spent my summers outdoors (whether I was in the Adirondacks, at the pool or beach, at day camp playing in the lake or running around in the woods). …

Healing Crisis, or Wrong Formula?

You’ve just made an herbal formula for a new client. She took it for several days, but then began to get sick! You wonder: Is your client having a ‘healing crisis,’ or did you give her the wrong formu …

Wildcrafting in the Sierra Wilderness

Michael Tierra in the Sierra, August 2012…”I’m gathering pulsatilla which is all around me. There are also stands of mule’s ears (Wyethia species) at my feet and scattered around is California os …

Darcy Golden, September 2012

I started studying herbs while in graduate school at Western Carolina University located in the North Carolina Appalachian mountains. I was fascinated by the knowledge that the locals shared on plant …

Notation Tips for Herbalists and other Complementary Health Practitioners

Recently I read an article in Acupuncture Today titled “The Devil is in the Details” written by acupuncturist Douglas Briggs, who is frequently called upon to give his opinion on standard care in depo …

Adulteration of Chinese Herbs: A Different Perspective

The nondescript appearance of herbs in their dried or powdered form, coupled with their high commercial value, has historically made them subject to adulteration, falsification and substitution to inc …

Laura Excell, August 2012

My parents introduced me to herbs and alternative healing at a young age. We grew vegetables and herbs at our Northeastern country retreat to use at home in the city. My amazingly adept parents guided …

John Roddy, July 2012

I’ve always loved the magic of Nature. It all began with growing up hiking and surfing the Northern California mountains and coastline. On most nights my dog, Turk, and I would head to the hills to se …

Bermuda Grass (Durva): The Second Holiest Herb; The Number One Weed!

Many of my readers will have heard that holy basil (also known as tulsi, Ocimum sanctum/tenuiflorum) is the most sacred herb in India. But did you know that the second most sacred Indian herb is so wi …

Healing the Whole Person

Healing means “to make whole.” This is frequently forgotten by western medicine as it typically approaches the body like a machine and expects it to respond as such. We herbalists can also forget, as …

Johanna-Maria Wagner, June 2012

Growing up in Austria, I was surrounded by herbs and, more importantly, people who knew how to use them. We never saw a doctor except for compulsory school check-ups; instead, we were treated naturall …

Book Review: “Brew Your Medicine” by Kristi Shapla

Making alcohol from plants is the origin of pharmacy. As such, it became closely associated with ancient doctor-shamans who made herbal medicines preserved in their own self-generated alcohol. In fact …

Dandelion, Burdock, and Cancer

Dandelion root and burdock root are my two most commonly prescribed herbs when chronic conditions require anti-inflammatory, blood purifying alteratives for gentle detoxification. This includes condit …

Turmeric: Pros, Cons, and Contraindications

Turmeric has become increasingly popular over the last decade, first for blood purification and then for joint pain. As it’s hit the mainstream, its uses have narrowed at the same time. While turmeric …