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Herbal medicine Martial Arts

Hints of autumn, and my one-year taekwondo anniversary

My health journey has been a marathon. I’d call it an ultra-marathon.  And often add a colorful, quite possibly four-letter word before “ultra”. No fast, miraculous shifts, just lots of hard work. A year ago, if you’d told me I would work out as hard as I have for a whole year and only lose a size and a half, I’m not sure that would have helped my enthusiasm.  …

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is this sparring gear sauna appropriate?

Browsing an herbal book I’ve consulted through the years. My eyes stopped on an herb used by Native Americans after sweat lodge rituals. Nordic countries that love saunas also have herbs, like birch, that they use after sweating in a sauna. Herbs to help the body, mind and spirit recover from the work and taxation of sweating and heat of the sauna or sweat lodge.   In class this week,…

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A historical component of martial arts: herbal medicine

After trying for a third time to be a runner (do your joints talk to you? ‘Cause my knees just piped up a disgruntled don’t you ever do that again!), I had to deal with the runner’s knee pain and inflammation. The pain varied and moved all around my patella, hurting when I moved, hurting when I didn’t move. Going down stairs or hills was especially precarious. To go to…

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Lifting the Earth element: Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Talking to parents outside my son’s taekwondo class, I hear women say, “I can’t join class because I can’t do the jumping jacks.” You could substitute in run, trampoline. laugh or sneeze hard, or any high impact cardio activity. For so many women it isn’t possible to do these activities without leaking urine. And it seems this is just a problem many women endure. WHY?? You don’t have to!  …

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Optimal Digestion–and less gas!–on a WFPB diet

Health can take on a different meaning as we age.  In my twenties I wanted to be healthy with most of the motivation in outward appearances.  And while that’s still a concern, it’s overshadowed by wanting to live a full life, free of disease.   Enter Whole Food Plant Based diets, including the Nutritarian Diet by Dr. Fuhrman and Starch Solution by Dr. McDougall.  Ayurveda and Asian medicine put me…

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mentoring now available

As many AFEA graduates know, I’m always open for questions about herbs or complex presentations.  I love these questions!  Recently, I began a more formal mentoring / tutoring agreement with a new graduate, where we had appointments to talk and go over new herb patients.  I realized that after supervising and teaching at AFEA, I really miss the students! I’ve just relocated from Gainesville, FL to Golden, CO.  As part…

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underneath the leafy Linden tree…

Linden Tilia cordata, Tilia americana I was an herbalist for years before I fell in love with Linden.  It took traveling to Slovakia, where Linden is the national tree, to find the love. My family flew into Vienna and make our way to Bratislava and then Budapest by train. In addition to an amazing 16th century hotel room in Bratislava, I stumbled upon a bag of linden packaged for tourists.…

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