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countdown to my book release!

After working for months, it finally seems real! Chinese Herbal Medicine for Beginners is being published in less than a month, and I’ve got some great photos and previews of what it is going to look like. The publisher did an amazing job illustrating it with beautiful color photographs. The book is written for the complete beginner to Chinese herbal medicine, so no previous knowledge is necessary. If you like…

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the ancient health secrets of martial artists

How can it help me? Why would an athlete with an injury, a runner dealing with runner’s knee, your Grandpa with a bad back, your Aunt with shoulder pain, care about all this martial arts remedy mumbo jumbo?   Because they spent CENTURIES developing ways to: Strengthen themselves for training Prevent injuries Treat new injuries Care for chronic issues and ongoing pain   Martial arts are ancient. Sources suggest that…

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Top Five Topicals for martial artists (and anyone who works out!)

The top five topicals for hard-training athletes (martial artists, kickboxers, CrossFit enthusiasts)   Basically you have two kinds of “remedies” with ancient roots in martial artists but so helpful for anyone who works out and has aches or pains. External, to use topically on a joint, muscle or area that hurts, aches or needs TLC Internal, to take internally, like a liquid, decoction, tablet or capsule. (Later, we’re going to…

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A book is coming! Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine

Sometimes things are moving at a snail’s pace when suddenly, something happens, a catalyst is added, and that snail’s pace is pedal-to-the-metal caffeinated. In September I was asked by a publishing company if I would be interested in writing “A Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Herbal Medicine.” I submitted my writing sample, not at all confident I would be chosen, but figuring what the heck, why not? I did, indeed, get…

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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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