Category: Herbal Pharmacy
June 27, 2022
What is Sun tea?
Sun tea is tea that has been made using the power of the sun. Instead of steeping herbs in hot water, you put the herbs & water in a vessel under the sun to infuse. Any combination of tea-appropriate plants can be used in sun tea, either fresh or dried. The most important thing is to place the herbs in a safe, clear container in direct sunlight for at least an hour. In choosing your container, we suggest using glass, as plastic containers can leech chemicals into the tea.
Making the perfect sun tea is more of an art than a science; no precise ratios of herbs to water are needed. To get more flavor, you can start the brew with a high …
November 2, 2021
Join AIMC Berkeley’s Herb Pharmacy Manager, Le Jiang, to learn how to make a nourishing pear paste for the Autumn. Pears are known for their moistening and cooling properties in East Asian Medicine. With the addition of other yin-nourishing herbs and the tonifying properties of honey, this delicious paste is the perfect salve for fall’s dryness.
Qiu Li Gao (Autumn Pear Paste)
The raw herbs are available through the AIMC Pharmacy; ask your practitioner for a “prescription” of them next time you visit our in-person or telehealth clinic!
Pears ———————————– 2000g
Luo Han Guo (Monk Fruit) ——– 1 piece
Sheng Jiang (Ginger) ————– 70g
Chuan Bei Mu (Fritillaria Bulb) — 15g
Fu Ling (Poria) ———————– 25g
Bai He (Lily Bulb) ——————– 15g
Mai Dong (Ophiopogon Tuber) — 15g
Ge Gen (Kudzu Root) ————— 30g
September 2, 2021
The differences an Eastern medicine-trained herbalist can have on building your formula plan is huge. In this blog, we cover the differences between what you may find on the shelves and why finding an herbalist is so important to gain the full benefits of herbs and Eastern medicine. Learn more!
July 21, 2021
How often do I need to get acupuncture treatments? (and other common curiosities about the course of treatment)
The goal of any acupuncturist is to get you out of their clinic– and hopefully shouting from the rooftops about how your pain went away or that you haven’t slept this well since you were a teenager or one of the other 10,000 benefits of treatment. In order to get you out of our clinic and back into your life (and sending all your friends and family our way), we’ll ask you to commit to a consistent course of treatment for a specific length of time, and then we’ll re-evaluate along the way. You can expect a course of treatment to involve getting acupuncture once or twice a week, some lifestyle or movement coaching, and, when appropriate, a custom herbal prescription.
Consistency is Key
When people …
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.
Get a Prescription
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 …