My practice aims to integrate the holistic orientation of traditional Chinese medicine with other forms of traditional medicine and a thorough understanding of western bio medicine thus providing complete care. I use the term traditional, instead of complementary, alternative or integrative because how I practice is based on philosophy, methodology, diagnosis and treatment that arose out of observing nature. One of the beauties of working within the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, is that it draws on thousands of years of documented herbal knowledge, and uses taoist principles to cultivate harmony and balance with nature in its approach to cultivating health and healing. It is an old, tried and true form of medicine.
My training also includes European, West African and indigenous herbal medicine, medicine that is female centered and rooted in family and community. I work with simple, easy to take western herbal medicine as decoctions, tinctures and pills as well as customized Chinese herbal formulas to find what is right for you. At my clinic I carry local products from Suki Roth's Herb Haven and by Monica Rivera of Cultivating Resistance Herbals. Its important to me to support local business people but also to connect as much as possible to the plants grown and medicine made right here in the triangle.
Having said that, I'm also trained in Chinese medicine and I carry patent and classical Chinese formulas that are cleanly sourced and GMP certified in their safety. Whether through adding herbs in or discussing nutrition will discover ways that your diet and eating habits are and aren't working for you, and help you get more connected to eating in a way that is linked with the seasons and with your own constitution, I consider myself a flexitarian in terms of diet recomendations but they are almost always are based on centering whole, loca, seasonal and heritage foods.
In the spirit of holistic health, I sometimes prescribe herbal baths, essential oil balms and other topicals and I work with spiritual hygiene in the home. I am available for home or space-based consults to discuss making your home or space feel safe, clean, clear and secure. I prescribe herbs for the space and garden that act as your energetic plant allies, and herbal baths for your floors and front door, herbal as well as resinous incenses to smoke out your space and protective talisman for your walls and entryways.