at 34th and Clement, San Francisco, 94121 United States
I provide client centered care for acute and chronic illness using herbal medicines. Herbalists are unlicensed health care practitioners in the U.S. and are protected in practice in California under State Bill 577.
I offer primary and complimentary care. Colds and flu's, bumps, bruises, bike and car accidents and "I partied all night and I'm so hung over I can't see straight..." are all acute health crises well treated with herbal medicine. Longer term issues, reproductive health, asthmatic disorders and tendonitis related disorders are also well treated with herbal medicine. The scope of my practice is wide, and where it has limits I network with other practitioners and make appropriate referrals. Helping you find and understand information about your specific needs and helping you make informed decisions about your body and your health care, whether standard or alternative is a corner stone of my practice.
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OK San Franciscans, I hear ya, in my cab, on fb; everyone HATES how hot it is. I hate it too. I have a nifty way to beat the heat. So here is my recipe for Peppermint Lemonade, something I find not only useful for my own extreme discomfort with hot weather, but delicious. It requires a little forethought, but its worth the effort. Peppermint Lemonade- Ingredients- Lemons, 3-6 for a quart batch, to taste. Meyer lemons work well if you can get them. Sugar or honey to taste. Simple syrup is also recommendable if you have it. peppermint, preferably tons or just to taste. Play with the amount. This recipe makes lemonade for one. Double the recipe if its for two, etc. First make a cold infusion or sun tea with your peppermint. Place the desired amount of peppermint into a sizable tea ball or better, a small soup sock. Wet the dry mint a little bit, otherwise it will not brew very well. Kind of like a dry sponge, not very effective if you are trying to mop up fluids. So moisten it just slightly. Fill your quart or larger jar 2\3 full of room temperature water. Suspend your tea ball near the TOP of the water line. Gravity will draw the mint saturated water downward. Return to your jar in an hour and you will see a nifty stream of mint tea flowing gently downward. Kind of neat to watch for stoners and pseudo stoners alike. If you place the tea ball at the bottom of the jar, your tea will not brew as efficiently or quickly. Room temperature water allows the the brew to capture more menthol, which is both what you want and somewhat vulnerable to evaporating into the air if you pour boiling water on it. Plus; its hot outside, and you want ice tea, not hot tea you have to refrigerate. Start it at night for the next day or in the am for the peak heat of the day. The part of the day you just want to collapse or get irritated by the heat and feel over taken by it. Once your tea is dark in color, that is after an overnight soak, or 3-4 hours if you plunked it on a sunny window sill, use that peppermint tea to make your lemonade. Mix your lemon juice with the honey, sugar or simple syrup. I don't measure this part. Sometimes I like it sweet, sometimes tart, etc, etc. I usually do this in another quart mason jar, and add my black as a moonless night peppermint tea to it (I like my mint tea so strong that I feel punched in the face by the whole Lamiaceae, but you can make it as strong or weak as you please,) leaving a little room near the top so I can lid that bad boy a shake the heck out of it to dissolve any solid sugar\errant honey. Pour over copious amounts of ice, and enjoy through a bendy straw. Drink lots, stay cool. Peppermint contains many minerals, and to a small degree so do lemons. On hot days when you sweat a lot, even if you don't notice, you are losing a small amount of minerals to sweating. If you are like me, and hate to eat when its hot and even just don't feel the need but get grumpy in the heat; this is a nice way to put a little nutrition back into your heat pummeled frame without having to make yourself eat or just plain not eating. It also tends to lift that oppressive grumpy feeling of "Its TOO DAMN HOT" Peppermint plugs up a receptor in your body that makes you feel, or more accurately, sense cold. This is why on a 90 or 100 degree day, I like to drink this blacker than the blackest night peppermint lemonade. Because it literally makes me feel cooler. I no longer feel the irritating heat. The hydration element is important here- You DO NOT WANT heat stroke, and staying hydrated is important to not getting sick from the heat. So drink a lot of it. Its easy to do, because its very refreshing and delicious. A little bitter, a little tart, and sweet. Grab a floppy hat and sunglasses, find a tree for some shade, preferably an Oak and enjoy the heat Bay Area. Enjoy it with some peppermint lemonade.
Here is a piece that I am working on as a blog post for this fb page. I'm not so tech savvy, so if anyone has formatting\posting suggestions to make this easier and more enjoyable to read, feedback is welcome. The value of simplicity cannot be measured. Its elegance cannot be manufactured, and the complexity of a single herb well chosen can go far in building resiliency against chronic constitutional problems. I'm an advocate of following the advice laid out by my herbal medicine great great grandfathers of the eclectic medical movement. Complexity can follow upon simplicity if required, but working backward from complexity to simplicity can be a waste of time and money for both the patient and clinician. A friend recently told me, “The herbs you use are usually less well known, but they work better than what I find at the store.” The herbs I use are often quite common to our back yards and local ecologies. A few are from international locals. Living on the Left Coast with its rich cultural diversity and heritage of international trade comes with the good fortune to have access to both practitioners and herbs from all over the globe and some of our best home grown herbal traditions. Even with this exciting diversity of commerce, I prefer to offer my clients the most simple medicines possible, whether those medicines hail from far away or grow in my back yard. The reason many of the herbs I use may be less well known is more a product of the Natural Food industries obsession with exoticism and the driving forces of commerce. The craving for “newer, better, faster, more” tends to trump the effectiveness of this herb vs. that herb in mainstream supplement sales. If its complicated to make or extract, you can sell it for more money. I use many local fresh plant tinctures because they are the best quality medicine I can find for the least cost to society. I could learn every herb on every herb shelf everywhere and still be a crappy herbalist. An herb is only as effective as ones knowledge of how and where it is appropriate to use it or not. My practice is rooted in generations of practice, not the latest trends and fads in commerce. Sometimes a client requires complex medicines for complex problems. Even in these instances I work very hard to keep my remedies to the simplest combinations possible. When faced with complex endocrine disorders, fancy smancy medicines are sometimes necessary. But if I offer a smorgasbord of herbal medicines in a single strategy, that makes tracking what herb is doing what all the more complicated. There are times I give a patient a cocktail of up to ten herbs in a remedy from the start because its necessary. But its my clinical, intellectual and aesthetic preference to start simple, and educate folks on exactly what they are taking and why. Take mullein for example. Its a tall, pretty flowering plant found high and low in different regions. It is the first plant that I ever made medicine from. Now, fourteen years later I still rely on pretty, soft leafed mullein to foster better quality breathing in my asthma patients. Its not the best, or worst tasting tea, but with a little nettle and sweetened with honey, taken daily it can make an asthma sufferers episodes less dangerous and give them better quality breathing between asthma attacks. All that from one downy leaf gathered on a sunny summers day. I can always build more complex strategies from humble beginnings. Offering simple medicine first avoids harming a client on multiple levels. I am saving them time and money. I don't have to play the guessing game as to which herb worked and which did not. I save myself the time of picking apart my stratagem backwards if it fails. When a particular strategy fails, the simpler it is the easier it is to toss out what isn't working and get to work figuring out what will bring the person relief. That gives people the chance to get better quicker, for longer periods of time. I give people something to build on that they can easily understand and easily obtain with or without me. Simplicity fosters independence for the client, clarity for the clinician and ease and stability in the client\care provider relationship. The easier it is for a client to tell me what didn't work, the better it is for both of us. Commerce is based on the value of the dollar; the value of a clinical practice is based in the quality of the patients experience, the resolution of their complaint and quality of on going care. Dollar bills cannot get you the same thing at Whole Foods. The blood, sweat and tears that have earned me my clinical savvy cannot be commercially produced. By working with the traditions of simpling* I'm offering an alternative to Alternative Medicine and its expensive products. Its one way I stay in keeping with the spirit of those who taught me herbal medicine. Humble beginnings lead to clear outcomes. Those outcomes are valuable to me. Its important to see the results of my practice and to be of value to my community in this way. For that reason, I hold simplicity dear to my heart and clear in my mind. Whomever formulated Occams Razor has my deepest regard. Simplicity is a good razor to shave with. *Simpling is the art of single plant remedies, usually a tea but sometimes a tincture. An example would be giving nettle tea to a person who has borderline anemic tendencies and getting them to add a hamburger to their diet now and again.