December 15, 2017

As I watch a hazy sunrise from Northern California, I want to check in with you. At this point, my clinic remains closed until the air quality is no longer hazardous, especially to young children (fingers crossed, sometime next week!!)

I deeply apologize for the inconvenience. Please let me know if you need a re-fill of herbal prescriptions, and I will have herbs shipped to you ASAP, or guide you where to pick them up wherever...

May 27, 2017

A lot of mamas come to me in their third trimester. While I treat women throughout their entire pregnancies, the third trimester can come along with the added bonus of exacerbated symptoms such as insomnia, heart burn, swollen ankles, and carpal tunnel-- all symptoms that will bring them in to my office. Yet regardless of why they are coming into my office, there is one questions that I always ask: “Is your baby head down?”


May 7, 2016

I was first introduced to this glorious herb while working at Windsong Orchards in New Zealand. Every day at tea time, Jennie, the owner of the farm, would go out to her garden and break a few stems off her glorious lemon verbena plant, gently break them up, put the in the teapot and fill it with boiling water. Within seconds the intoxicating lemon aroma would fill the room. It was my first herbal love affair.

When I moved to S...

April 20, 2016

Today I opened up social media and a bold meme was staring me in the face: “Every time you are able to find humor in a difficult situation, you win”. This platitude is incredibly fitting for the energy of this monkey year.


The Chinese zodiac is a rotating calendar cycling through 12 different animals, each bringing a different energy to that year. Every two years is associated with a different element (wood-fire-earth-metal-wa...

March 31, 2016

I love that that eating fresh, organic, and even local is becoming more popular these days. I love that the mention of eating greens and taking herbs is not so foreign to many of my patients. However, there is one popular trend that I am extremely cautious about, and that's juice. 


Yes, it's true, juicing your produce can pack a lot of punch in one glass -- especially if it is fresh pressed, which means it's not pasteurized (a...

February 9, 2016



Castor oil packs are something that I regularly recommend to people for a variety of health issues.  Castor oil is derived from the Castor bean (Ricinus communis) and has a long medicinal history dating back to ancient Egypt.   Castor oil packs are wonderfully healing, and one of my favorite self-care practices.


The oil is anti-inflammatory for the skin, and as our skin is an organ capable of absorbing whatever we...

January 12, 2016

Most people that choose to try acupuncture are looking for an alternative to the treatment available to them through their western doctors. Whether their issues are chronic (long standing) or acute (a more recent injury or issue) acupuncture can help! But before jumping in to treatment, it’s important to understand a few fundamentals of the medicine.

Growing up in this western world, our expectations from our doctors tend to be...

January 5, 2016

With a kiddo just starting pre-school this month, germs have been coming through my house constantly. I’ve noticed a funny flu hanging around this winter that includes eye irritation. For some there may be slight yellowish discharge, and for others, it manifests as just incredibly itchy and red eyes. So before you jump to harsh treatments and possibly unnecessary anti-biotic eye drops, there is a simple natural remedy that wor...

February 22, 2015

The Chinese zodiac is a rotating calendar cycling through 12 different animals, each bringing a different energy to that year. Every two years is associated with a different element (wood-fire-earth-metal-water), and every year alternates between yin and yang. I always enjoy learning a little bit about what type of energy each new animal is anticipated to bring to the following year, and reflecting upon how the previous year l...

February 11, 2015

Almost 15 years ago I worked in a physical therapy office in Monterey, CA. There were two main orthopedic surgeons who referred their patients to our office. One had a more "old school" approach to physical therapy, meaning that on average he waited 2 weeks before sending his post-surgery patients to physical therapy (PT). The other was more "modern", in that he sent his post-op patients to PT about 2 days after surgery. The d...

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