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An Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine

Whether it’s because COVID is keeping people at home, or whether there’s an increasing interest in natural health solutions, interest in Chinese herbal medicine in booming. What exactly is Chinese herbal medicine? What makes it so special and effective? ...

Colorectal cancer patients who use Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs live longer

I’ve always been impressed hearing Dr. Yang Yu Fei present her research at conferences in both China and North America. A series of studies her Beijing-based team did, in partnership with the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, has shown that colorectal cancer...

TCM in mainland China and Taiwan

I’m still new to the wide, exciting world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in mainland China and Taiwan, but am sharing my brief impressions here. One reason is that acupuncture and Chinese herbs are so marginal in Turtle Island (i.e. North America), that...

“Free and Happy Wanderer”: Traditional herbs for depression and stagnation

Spring is Liver time, according to Chinese medicine. Time of the Wood element, which means sometimes we can get physically and mentally ‘stiffer’ at this time. The Liver is often out of balance in modern times. If so, we can feel emotionally depressed,...

Two Anti-Anxiety (vegan, gluten-free) recipes

I’ve chosen and adapted two vegan, gluten-free recipes below, for their anti-anxiety ingredients (based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine analysis of these foods). Mung Bean and Kale Soup (serves ~6) 1 tablespoon refined organic coconut oil 20-25 small crimini...