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Michael Moore

Living in China keeps me somewhat insulated from some of the goings on in the US. But the day before yesterday I got news of a great loss, the death of one of the greatest American herbalists of the 20th Century, Michael Moore.I first met Michael when I went to visit (with a friend) his […]

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The practice of medicine is indeed a life path. It is a path that requires one to stay focused and sacrifice oneself for the good of others. I recently met a new teacher, Han Gui-qing (韩贵清), he has been in practice for more than 40 years and specializes in knotty (difficult) diseases. After we talked […]

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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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