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Solidago species (Goldenrod)

Here’s a little on Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) from the commentary in Thomas’s up-coming book. Solidago is a genus of about 120 species with a center of biological diversity in North America. There are a handful of species in Mexico and South America and Europe, but only three species native to China. All three species are, […]

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Musings on the Season

The last couple days have really let us know here in Beijing that the Summer is indeed over and that Autumn has dug its heels in. We have had bright blue skies, something we don’t see enough of here in Beijing, brought in by the cool north winds. I was up at the Autumn Reine […]

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Small Flowered Sage – Salvia plebeia 荔枝草

  Small Flowered Sage Salvia plebeia 荔枝草 (li zhi cao) Many of you know about our series, Bio-Regional Herbalism. Since our last newsletter we have had several great webinars on Bio-Regional Herbalism including Eric Yarnell, Nicole Telkes, and Patricia Kyritsi Howell. So, to honor those excellent webinars, I thought I would write a small piece […]

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Rosa rugosa — Mei Gui Hua 玫瑰花

Shakespeare said, “A rose would be a rose by any other name.” And, while this might be true, there is only one Rosa rugosa, known as mei gui hua (玫瑰花) in Chinese medicine. This is one of nine species of rose covered in the Grand Dictionary of Chinese Medicinals and one of many used around […]

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St. John’s Wort — Hypericum perforatum

St. John’s Wort is one of the most popular herbs in the West these days after the marketing it received for its use as a treatment for mild to moderate depression. While this use is valid this plant has abundant historical and current uses that make it a very versatile herbal medicine. Hypericum perforatum is […]

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Actea rubra and related species

Welcome back, I have been a bit busy with writing  and other various projects, but I thought I would give you a preview of one of the monographs from my upcoming book. The book is the second volume of Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Practitioners Guide, which you can find in the […]

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Tincturing Chinese Herbs

I have basic instructions on making tinctures, percolations, and some other herbal products in my book. That section was not meant to be a “how-to” guide, but rather basic procedural information to educated the Chinese herbalist population who, for the most part, has little if any training and essentially no experience and understanding of the […]

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