My Advanced Training in China

Having practiced Chinese Medicine for 13 years, I always had the goal to participate in an advanced training program in China.  In May 2016, I was able to realize this goal when I embarked on a trip to China organized by TCMzone and Shanghai TCM University for advanced herbal training with seasoned practitioners of Traditional Sherri-2Chinese Medicine.  Since my practice consists primarily of prescribing customized herbal formulas for patients with various conditions, this was the perfect training for me.

The trip began in Beijing where we did some sight-seeing, and I was able to immerse myself in the culture and history of China, touring the Great Wall; the Forbidden City known as the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty (see picture with TCMzone’s Jennifer Knapp, she has a great article too); Tiananmen Square at the center square of Beijing known as “Gate of Heavenly Peace”; The Temple of Heaven known as the Taoist temple; and so much more.… Read the rest »

Starting Your Herbal Pharmacy, Part One

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This blog is part one in a series on starting your herbal pharmacy.  I will cover the important areas of consideration when starting to build your herbal pharmacy as a licensed healthcare practitioner. 

As a new practitioner it can be daunting to start an acupuncture practice in addition to building an herbal pharmacy.  You may consider some of the following questions when thinking about the kind of pharmacy you want to have in your practice.

  • What brand of herbs should I use and what are the differences between the companies?
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How I became a Chinese Medicine Practitioner:

Often, I get asked the question: What made you get into this field of medicine? The answer might surprise you, but it’s actually pretty simple. It was in my self- interest to look for alternatives to my own physical health.

My journey to Chinese Medicine began in my late 20’s. At the time, I was working in Cardiac Rehab as an Exercise Physiologist in a hospital setting. I had been working there for about 4 years since graduating with my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a specialty in Exercise Science and a minor in Health.… Read the rest »