Displaying items by tag: herbology - Planet Herbs http://www.planetherbs.com Tue, 23 May 2017 12:45:21 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Book Review: Botany in a Day gets a new color edition http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/book-review-botany-in-a-day-gets-a-new-color-edition.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/book-review-botany-in-a-day-gets-a-new-color-edition.html Many years ago, Montana resident Thomas J. Elpel dropped off a manuscript entitled Botany in a Day at my office. Over the years many people have submitted manuscript copies of their book to me in the hopes that I would provide some sort of endorsement that could be used for future marketing. Unfortunately, not all were worthy of my endorsement, but this one caught my eye for several reasons. As the founder and director of the most successful herb course in North America – in terms of numbers of enrolled students and numbers of students who have distinguished themselves professionally…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Mon, 22 Jul 2013 09:10:58 +0000 The "Bitter Brew" Vindicated by Science http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-bitter-brew-vindicated-by-science.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-bitter-brew-vindicated-by-science.html Before there was any understanding of biochemical constituents, traditional herbal healing systems relied on flavors as indicators of medicinal properties. (Determining the properties and quality of an herb by its taste, color, texture, etc., is called "organoleptic" assessment.) Traditional herbalists have long associated corrective and potent therapeutic value intrinsic to the flavors, as follows: Sweet – nourishing, tonic Pungent or spicy --- metabolically stimulating and warming Salty – affecting body fluids Sour – Promoting digestion (as with fermented foods) Bitter – clearing, detoxifying To these, Ayurveda adds "astringent" as a sixth flavor, while Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) adds "bland" another…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:36:36 +0000 San Qi or Tienqi Ginseng: A Premier Herb to Stop Bleeding http://www.planetherbs.com/lesley-tierras-blogs/san-qi-or-tienqi-ginseng-a-premier-herb-to-stop-bleeding.html http://www.planetherbs.com/lesley-tierras-blogs/san-qi-or-tienqi-ginseng-a-premier-herb-to-stop-bleeding.html Now that I'm on to ginseng-like herbs, here's another one that can be taken during the summer. Its real name is Panax notoginseng, known in Chinese pinyin as san qi, but is best known by its commercial name, Tien qi ginseng. It is definitely in the ginseng family, but has quite different properties from the ones we usually associate with other ginsengs. Rather than tonifying Qi, this herb moves and builds Blood. But even better, while it moves Blood it also stops bleeding. This makes it a perfect application for any trauma from falls, fractures, contusions, wounds, cuts or sprains…]]> ltierra@planetherbs.com (Lesley Tierra) Lesley Tierra's Blogs Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0000 Horsetail http://www.planetherbs.com/lesley-tierras-blogs/horsetail.html http://www.planetherbs.com/lesley-tierras-blogs/horsetail.html Horsetail
Horsetail photo by Lesley Tierra Horsetail Equisetum spp. Energies and flavors: Cool, astringent Uses: Hemostatic, astringent, vulnerary With the advent of Spring comes horsetail, a type of shave-grass that grows in watery places. I've been studying several stands of these interesting plants for a few weeks now, watching them pop through the earth, shoot upward and sprout into feathery and bottlebrush-like 'leaves.' My walks take me past a stream where they love to flourish, offering me some interesting photo ops. Horsetail's fresh, barren stems have long been used medicinally. Older herbalists used it for consumption, dropsy and dysentery. Horsetail decoction…
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ltierra@planetherbs.com (Lesley Tierra) Lesley Tierra's Blogs Tue, 30 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000
The Art of Herbal Formulary http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-art-of-herbal-formulary.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-art-of-herbal-formulary.html In the marketplace, it is often more difficult to sell the general public on an herbal formula as opposed to a single herb. This is understandable, because people are usually driven to single herbs when they hear of some sensational effect associated with it. For example, Ligusticum porteri (now available as a Planetary Herbals extract), commonly known as "osha," has been found to lower viral count in chronic hepatitis C patients. Traditionally, the herb is considered "big medicine" by southwestern natives who widely utilize this herb in ceremonies and as treatment for a wide variety of conditions including sore throat,…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0000 UK set for herbal regulation? Say it ain't so! http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/uk-set-for-herbal-regulation-say-it-aint-so.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/uk-set-for-herbal-regulation-say-it-aint-so.html This Dec. 1, 2009, article at the BBC website entitled "Prince Charles: 'Herbal medicine must be regulated'" points to a potential crisis for the practice of herbal medicine in the UK. Under threat of new European Union (EU) laws scheduled to take effect in April 2011 that would restrict the prescription of manufactured herbal medicines to "statutorily regulated professionals like doctors," the Prince of Wales is urging his government to regulate herbalists, lest they be banned from practice entirely when the new laws take effect. The new laws also stipulate that the only herbal medicines that will be sold over…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Tue, 08 Dec 2009 16:00:00 +0000 An Appeal for Complementary, Integrated Health Care Modalities to Be a Part of Any Future American Health Care Plan http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/an-appeal-for-complementary-integrated-health-care-modalities-to-be-a-part-of-any-future-american-health-care-plan.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/an-appeal-for-complementary-integrated-health-care-modalities-to-be-a-part-of-any-future-american-health-care-plan.html Please copy and sign the following petition and submit it to http://change.gov/agenda/health_care_agenda/ Then please send or forward it to as many people as you know, asking them to do the same. Or sign it online here and share the link! --------------- To: President-Elect Barack H. Obama Presidential Petition for Incorporation of Integrative CAM into U.S. Health Care Policy Dear President-Elect Barack Obama, I respectfully ask that you incorporate Integrative Medicine modalities into any new U.S. health care policy once you take office in January 2009. The 1979 oft cited resolution by the World Health Organization[i] called on countries to promote…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Tue, 13 Jan 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating the Seven Days of Kwanzaa: Ginseng and Astragalus for Cooperative Economics http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-ginseng-and-astragalus-for-cooperative-economics.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-ginseng-and-astragalus-for-cooperative-economics.html The meditation for today, the fourth day of Kwanzaa, is Ujamaa -- Cooperative Economics: To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. In meditation on today's theme, I look back once again to my experience at Black Bear commune where our goal was to become as self-sufficient as possible through pooling our talents and resources. We found that through a combination of gathering, growing and raising our own food, and utilizing simple resources found or developed on the land, the cost to support and maintain a person was only $80 a…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating the Seven Days of Kwanzaa: White Atractylodes for Purpose http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-white-atractylodes-for-purpose.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-white-atractylodes-for-purpose.html The meditation for today, the fifth day of Kwanzaa, is Nia -- Purpose: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. America is a great country because we are all here! Aren't you great? Aren't I? We're all great. Can you rise above your layered guilt and low self-esteem to say, "I'm great - and you're great too"? What makes us feel the most pride? We can feel pride for all kinds of things about ourselves but too often it's directed to those things that our…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating the Seven Days of Kwanzaa: Goldenseal and Marijuana for Collective Work and Responsibility http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-goldenseal-and-marijuana-for-collective-work-and-responsibility.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-goldenseal-and-marijuana-for-collective-work-and-responsibility.html The meditation theme for today, the third day of Kwanzaa, is Ujima -- Collective Work and Responsibility. I can hardly reflect on this theme without considering my own experiences as a Digger -- a hippie living in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district from 1967-69. These years of my life, considered now the zenith of the hippie revolution, finally culminated with myself and others founding a wilderness community known as Black Bear Commune in the mountains of Northern California. (The photo below is one of a much younger me at Black Bear.) During those years, thousands of young people throughout America…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Sun, 28 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating the Seven Days of Kwanzaa: Comfrey for Unity http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-comfrey-for-unity.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-comfrey-for-unity.html Many of us have heard of the African-American celebration called Kwanzaa, but I must confess that I along with the majority have not known what it actually is. Reading a recent article published in the Los Angeles Daily News, I was happy to learn that this may be one seasonal celebration that I could completely embrace if for no other reason than the fact that it is not yet weighed down with the rank commercialism that all but overshadows the true meaning of Christmas -- which, to the best of my universalist religious thinking, is the celebration of the birth…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Fri, 26 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Celebrating the Seven Days of Kwanzaa: Cyperus for Self-Determination http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-cyperus-for-self-determination.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/celebrating-the-seven-days-of-kwanzaa-cyperus-for-self-determination.html The meditation for yesterday, the first day of Kwanzaa, was: Umoja (Unity): To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. I tried to meditate on this theme yesterday after my family's exchange of gifts as Lesley and I took a walk up a hill near our home in the low-lying hills above Santa Cruz. It was a drizzly, overcast morning. Now, Lesley has a wider stride than I, and I found it a distracting challenge to keep up with her. She, on the other hand, looking for a cardiovascular workout, experienced some annoyance with my…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 Salvia, Our Saving Grace http://www.planetherbs.com/lesley-tierras-blogs/salvia-our-saving-grace.html http://www.planetherbs.com/lesley-tierras-blogs/salvia-our-saving-grace.html I once had to introduce myself as a teacher at an American Herbalists Guild conference by identifying my favorite herb. Now, I have to say that I hate this type of public pop quiz where I have to make a split decision, but even more, how could I name just one favorite herb? I finally settled on three herbs. "Really good," I thought before I took to the podium, "to name only three." Originally dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) was my favorite herb. In my youth I just couldn't resist those beautiful seed blossoms. For me, dandelion is an herb of transformation:…]]> ltierra@planetherbs.com (Lesley Tierra) Lesley Tierra's Blogs Sat, 13 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000 The Botanic Gardens of Kauai and Humankind's Infatuation with Plants http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-botanic-gardens-of-kauai-and-humankinds-infatuation-with-plants.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/the-botanic-gardens-of-kauai-and-humankinds-infatuation-with-plants.html The Botanic Gardens of Kauai and Humankind's Infatuation with Plants
Lesley and I recently returned from a relaxing vacation on Kauai. Granted, it's not a large island, but by pure coincidence we often seemed to find ourselves situated in places that were especially suited to our interests. Along the south shore, just a mile down the street from our timeshare, happen to be what are arguably the most beautiful tropical botanical gardens in the world. Of the five National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG) of the United States, four are in Hawaii, and of those four, three are on the aptly named 'garden isle' of Kauai. All three are magnificent. For…
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mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:00:00 +0000
Crafting an Effective Treatment for Cancer Using Conventional and Complementary Methods http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/crafting-an-effective-treatment-for-cancer-using-conventional-and-complementary-methods.html http://www.planetherbs.com/michaels-blog/crafting-an-effective-treatment-for-cancer-using-conventional-and-complementary-methods.html When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they of course seek the help of an oncologist. The oncologist, in turn, is bound to follow what is sometimes an antiquated standard of care incorporating surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. When facing a complicated and difficult disease such as cancer, it helps to know all your treatment options. In this blog, I'd like to discuss a few ways that you can incorporate complementary therapies including herbs, diet and acupuncture, into conventional cancer treatment for the best possible outcome. Conventional Cancer Drugs Unfortunately, many do not realize the corruption of medical oncology by a system…]]> mtierra@planetherbs.com (Michael Tierra) Michaels Blog Tue, 04 Nov 2008 00:00:00 +0000