Wild Chinese Hawthorn

On my trip to the Northeast of China this past autumn, which I mentioned in the first post of this blog, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to drive across many small roads–stopping often to look at plants. One of the most common plants I saw during my trip was Hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida […]

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Integrating Western Plants into Chinese Medicine

As you may know I published a book about a year ago on the use of “Western herbs” in the paradigm of Chinese medicine Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Practitioners Guide. The purpose of this book was to organize my own thoughts and hopefully help people to be able to integrate plants […]

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Sunrise Over the Great Basin

Today this is a short post to introduce the photo of a sunrise over desert at the precipice of the Great Basin in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. This past summer I was invited to join a trip to the Eastern Sierra as a guest teacher. This trip was attended by mostly students and practitioners of […]

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Just thought I would quickly up-date the dentistry post. I went in yesterday for the final work on what turned out to be a “3-canal” root canal, which took about 1.5 hours to complete. This was, of course, somewhat challenging. What with my mouth splayed open with a tool pressed in between the back teeth […]

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Going to the dentist

Well….my last two posts were informative, if not somewhat boring for those without a particular interest in plants, or at least peony. With that in mind I thought I would take the opportunity to relate a fun-filled story of my dental experiences recently here in Beijing. I have been cursed with horribly poor quality teeth–I’ve […]

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North American Peonies

I threatened to continue the peony thread, and today I will keep good on that promise. There are only two species of peony outside of the Asian/European mega continent. These are Paeonia brownii (Brown’s Peony) and Paeonia californica (California Peony). Brown’s peony is found in all the mountain ranges (of California) from central California north […]

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This is the first of several posts on Paeonia, the only genus in the the family Paeoniaceae. Peony is an extremely important genus both medicinally and as a cultivar. The family is native to temporate Asia and Southern Europe with two disjunct species in the Western United States. The two most important species are P. […]

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