Category: Herbal Pharmacy
March 9, 2021
We’ve approached the one year mark of restrictions on our day to day lives due to COVID-19. What’s more, we’ve arrived at springtime: a time known to 5 Element Theory as an era for movement, growth, and change. All things considered, you wouldn’t be alone if you find yourself experiencing wide emotional swings from hope to frustration to despair and back to hope again.
If you’re feeling a little stuck, flustered, or bored, you may have what we Acupuncturists diagnose as “Qi Stagnation”. Qi stag, as its known shorthand, can show up as depression or irritability, pain or discomfort that comes and goes, a sense of bloating in the belly, PMS, or a stifled feeling in the chest or throat.
Luckily, you don’t need …
October 14, 2020
Did you know that all of the parts of the Mulberry tree can be used medicinally? You might be used to eating the berries in late summer when we can find them at Berkeley Bowl or growing in our yards– but they’re not the only delicious thing about this plant! The leaf, known as Sang Ye in Chinese Medicine, is particularly known for clearing heat to cool & moisten the lungs. Luckily for our Lungs, these trees grow all over the place.
Watch this video to learn about the medicine & magic of the Mulberry tree from our Herbal Pharmacy Director & resident plant expert, Athene Eisenhardt, LAc.
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Our herbal pharmacy carries Sang Ye year round, so even …
September 17, 2020
Wildfire season is no joke here in California. Chinese herbs can help your respiratory system during the smoky time of year. Keep reading to learn more!
August 7, 2020
Summer is the season of flowers and it’s in full swing here in the AIMC Garden.
Check out our gallery of beautiful and medicinal blooms, all grown with love here at AIMC:
Platycodon grandiflorus, Balloon Flower
The root is used to ease coughs of all kinds, clear phlegm, and aid the Lung qi.
Pogostemon cablin, Patchouli
Very effective to soothe nausea and vomiting of all kinds. A household staple!
The fruit is used to clear heat and restlessness from the body. The flowers’ sweet, pure aroma lifts depression and sadness.
It’s not Chinese, but California Poppy has a place in our medicine as a cooling herb that acts on the Liver and the …
June 20, 2020
Flower Essences: Gentle Messages for the Heart Ruler
Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest and brightest day of the year. Summer is the
season of Sun and Light, and the Heart. In Chinese Medicine, the Heart is the Ruler that sits on our inner
throne and ensures harmony in our world. Just as in ancient China, when it was rare to actually glimpse
the revered Emperor, our own Heart Ruler is a behind the scenes presence that rules not through force,
but gently, effortlessly, through the quality we refer to as Wu-Wei. Thus, we approach the Heart Ruler
gently and reverently. For this reason, the Heart channel and Heart Back Shu points were classically
forbidden to needle. The approach is too direct. Approaching …
May 21, 2020
There is no flower as celebrated as Rose. Poets and romantics throughout time have sung its sweet songs. Rose is a flower of delight and sweetness, and that sweetness actually has a medicine and purpose in Traditional Chinese Herbalism.
Roses in Springtime
Its no coincidence that Rose (Mei Gui Hua) blooms in spring, the season of the Liver organ. Because spring corresponds to the Liver, during this time of the year people are more likely to experience ailments associated with Liver qi stagnation: stress, moodiness and irritability, depression, headaches, PMS, digestive issues, and an overall lack of smoothness and ease in the body. It just so happens that Rose is a wonderful remedy to help smooth out stuck Liver qi, de-stress, and harmonize the body …
May 7, 2020
Burdock root is a beautiful spring food that is both nutritive and detoxifying. In TCM, we use Burdock seeds, Niu Bang Zi, to vent early stage cold and flu from the body and treat sore throats. The root, able to penetrate more deeply into the body, cleans the blood and vents out deeper held toxins and impurities.
In springtime, the bodies’ energy is moving up and out from the deep yin storage time of winter. Just like plants, our energy is now moving upwards and outwards to create new growth. When this happens, we can see pathogenic energy that was hidden in winter come to the surface along with it. This could look like a replay of old illnesses, old emotions, or old fears and thoughts….
May 6, 2020
Athene is back with another installment of our AIMC Herbal Pharmacy Video Blog!
People and plants are always in communication- the plants we choose to grow in our yards are often
those that have a medicine to offer us. And, a great many of our common landscaping plants are actually
Chinese medicinal herbs. In this “Herban” walk, we explore the medicinal Chinese Herbs growing in
April 5, 2020
Welcome to the first AIMC Herb Pharmacy Video Blog!
Join us here every week for fun and informative herbal talks with our Herbal Pharmacy Director,
Athene Eisenhardt, L.Ac.
“I love leading herb walks! There’s nothing more special than connecting with medicine plants in their native habitat. I couldn’t do it in person this year, so this video blog is my offering to you instead!
In this video, we take an integrative native herb walk in the California hills, exploring California native medicine plants in the context of Taoist 5 Elements and Traditional Chinese Herbalism.” -Athene
October 17, 2019
Our AIMC Herbal Pharmacy is continuing to expand its inventory of local, organic herbs and products, including native California plants in our traditional Chinese Herb Pharmacy.