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Chiropractic and Scoliosis – Can Chiropractic Help your Twisted Spine?

Scoliosis is a condition that refers to the sideways bending of your spine from its normal straight position. It can either take the form of a single curve and become C-shaped or double curve and become S-shaped. Mid spine happens to be the most commonly affected region and then comes the lower spine. Show More Summary

Gold Coin Grass and its use in Chinese Medicine

Gold coin grass is a type of herb with its leaves similar to gold coins. It is popularly known as ‘Jin Qian Cao’ in Chinese and is used traditionally as a Chinese medicine. The herbal medicine helps to increase urination, lessen fever and treat sexually transmitted ailments. Show More Summary

Know all about Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus chakra is the third chakra and it is also referred as Manipura, Manipurak, Nabhi or the Power Chakra. ‘Manipura’ in Sanskrit means the ‘city of jewels’ and is allied to the element of fire. It is associated with sun, heat, energy of light and other forms of energy. Show More Summary

Lung organ system, classical Chinese medicine teaching & integrity

I was recently, gently, called out by a colleague regarding my last post on Guizhi tang. This person found that my analysis was – at best – simplistic, and at worst flat out wrong. I have to admit to a major twinge of ego pain when I read the email, but I guess I must […]

The Yijing in Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice – Part 20

This is the twentieth and final post in a series about the use of Yijing in clinical practice of Chinese Medicine. Read : Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6  / Part 7 / Part 8/ Part 9 / Part 10 / Part 11 / Part 12/ Part […]

Free Herbal Course + Free Herbal Ezine

FREE SPRING ISSUE of our HERBAL EZINE  Plant Healer’s Herbaria Monthly Supplement …54 color pages of herbal info and inspiration including an excerpt on Aralia/Spikenard by Jared Rosenbaum, a reprint of Paul Bergner’s great Plant Healer Magazine article on Herban Legends, Elka’s yummy Fennel Frond recipes, and an excerpt from Maria Noel Groves new herbal basics [...]

Lessons in balance from Chinese herbal formula Guizhi tang ???

When I think about the Lung organ system with relationship to herbal formulas, my mind goes one of two places. The first is to Guizhi ?? based formulas like Guizhi tang – used in treating disorders of the surface that tend to end up with a respiratory component. I think this way despite the fact […]

The Lung organ system, balance, and the practice of Chinese medicine

Balance can be a difficult concept for most of us to grasp. It has different meanings in different contexts and for different people or communities. Sometimes, getting out of balance is part of being in balance. What is balanced in one situation may be radically out of balance in another. It’s one of those words […]

Plant Healer News: Spring Issue Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek: Plant Healer Spring Issue  & PLANT HEALER NEWS ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Releasing March 7th: Nearly 300 pages of new information and trademark inspiration for herbalists. Winter was wondrous here in the Gila (hee-la)...Show More Summary

The lung organ system in Chinese medicine – balance for the Year of Sagely living

With the dawning of the New Year of the Fire Monkey already behind us, it’s time to move on to consideration of the symbolism, energy and treatment of the organ system associated with the first month of the year – the Lung. While Liver wood is more commonly associated with the spring season – it’s […]

Danggui / Angelica sinensis, Jueyin and Liver lessons

In my lineage and my clinical practice, I see the Liver chiefly through the lens of Jueyin. Jueyin – the deepest of the six conformations, is the reverting yin, home of both Liver and Pericardium, and the depth of the nourishing force of the blood. The reverting nature of this conformation and the functional pairing […]

Treating Dry Eyes With Ayurveda

The dry eyes syndrome refers to a condition wherein the eyes of the patient become extremely dry and cause uneasiness. The reason for this dryness is associated with a reduction in the production of tears or in excessive evaporation of the tears. Show More Summary

Tips for Buying Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy refers to the practice under which natural extracts from most natural elements like plants, flowers, tree barks, plant leaves, stems etc. are used to improve the overall well being of an individual. The application of aromatherapy is very diverse since there are numerous natural oils that have diverse uses and benefits. Show More Summary

Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a point pressure massage with its origin in Japanese culture. The term ‘shiatsu’ literally means figure pressure in Japanese. This massage explores the energy pathways spread throughout our bodies and make use of pressure points on corresponding organs. Show More Summary

Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling

Acupuncture and dry needling both involve the use of very thin needles, which are inserted into the skin. The purpose of both the procedures is almost the same, that is, to restore the flow of energy through the body and relax the muscles/ organs. Show More Summary

What Does “Letting Go” Really Mean?

“Let it go” has become a big buzz word in self-help and new age circles. It’s even seeped into the mainstream. So much so that it’s become a cliché. Letting go has become a convenient catch-phrase you say to someone in yoga class, at the water cooler, at the gym, your Uber driver, or over the phone with your sister. Show More Summary

Acupressure vs. Shiatsu

There has always been a constant debate and comparison when it comes to two similar practices which are acupressure and Shiatsu. People are not able to distinguish between the procedures and hence end up mixing both of them. It is true...Show More Summary

The Yijing in Chinese Medicine Clinical Practice – Part 19

This is part nineteen in a series about the use of Yijing in clinical practice of Chinese Medicine. Read : Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part 4 / Part 5 / Part 6  / Part 7 / Part 8/ Part 9 / Part 10 / Part 11 / Part 12/ Part 13/ Part 14 […]

Thistle Shirts for Herbal Resurgents

You may have seen it on Facebook or Instagram, or heard somebody talk about it – but yeah, we just received a new shipment of  Plant Healer shirts.  They are on better cotton this time, silkscreened with a new cream and purple design. Wolf used historic thistle designs from the Scottish rebellions to represent what [...]

7 essential symbols that relate to the Liver organ system

The Liver organ system – gan ? –  kicks us off here in our new and improved year of sagely living. Before I begin to explore the Liver myself in creative or intuitive ways, it is important to establish the absolute essentials. What’s this thing that, in Chinese medicine, we call Liver? We already know […]

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