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For over a decade my calling has been helping people to radically change their health using herbs and other natural remedies. Through this I have helped hundreds of clients reclaim their health and have taught thousands of herbal students in online courses and intensive retreats. I am the Education Director for LearningHerbs, one of the most innovative herbal companies of our time, and am a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild RH (AHG).
But my story begins long before I had become a successful herbalist.
I admit, I’ve been a natural health nerd my entire life.
As a teenager I would prowl the natural health foods store and look up remedies in the Natural Prescription for Health book by Phyllis Balch.
I remember how excited I was when I checked out the Vitamins for Dummies book from the library. I even created flashcards so I could memorize what certain vitamins did and what foods were high in those vitamins. I admit, there weren’t a lot of other 16 year olds spending their time memorizing the signs of Vitamin A deficiency.
But while I had long been interested in natural remedies I didn’t really take them seriously until they saved my life.
When I was 23 I suddenly became very sick. I spent an entire month in bed, tormented with musculoskeletal pain, an itchy body rash that came and went and a fever that spiked at night and went away during the day. I was finally hospitalized after becoming severely dehydrated and after two weeks was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Still’s. The doctors didn’t have good news. They gave me steroids and said it would be a slow and painful decline to an early death.
As you might imagine, that was a really difficult time in my life. For about three days I just cried and cried and wondered, “why me?” But then, I did what I had always done and started researching alternative solutions to autoimmunity diseases to see what I could find.
Over time I began to see that there were lots of small signs leading up to my autoimmunity disease and my “healthy” soy vegetarian diet wasn’t serving me. I realized I needed a total health makeover to purge a lot of health fads from my life. I also assembled a team of people to help me, from acupuncturists to herbalists to naturopaths to massage therapists.
After six months of intensive work I became symptom free from this “terminal” and “incurable” disease and I have continued to live symptom free for over a decade.
My experience with autoimmunity further inspired me to delve into the natural health world. I I knew I wanted to help people like me: people who wanted to find the root cause of their health problems so they could live a healthy and vibrant life.
I thought about being a naturopath but I didn’t want to focus on supplements or any type of one-size-fits-all medicine (similar to western medicine). I thought about becoming an acupuncturist but I knew that in China the major form of medicine was the plants. So, I decided to study the art of herbalism.
I have over 10 years of training as an herbalist, from ethnobotany and wildcrafting to clinical herbalism. I’ve graduated from the four-year clinical program at the East West School of Herbology and have been mentored by some of the most outstanding herbalists of our time, including Michael Tierra, Paul Bergner and Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa.
Besides my interest in herbalism, I also spent four years of intensive training as a Structural Medicine Specialist with the Institute of Structural Medicine. Through that process I became a licensed massage therapist and practiced for five years before turning my full attention to herbs.
I have helped people use herbs to get better health since 2006. I now work with people all over the world through long distance consultations via the telephone and Skype.
I am also very dedicated to herbal education. I am the Education Director for LearningHerbs.com, which is one of the most innovative herbal companies that exists today. I regularly provide how-to articles, herbal recipes, videos and herbal presentations for their website HerbMentor.com. I am the author of three online courses produced by LearningHerbs, including the Taste of Herbs, Herbal Cold Care, and Apothecary.
I have a mentorship program where I mentor dedicated herbal students to help them accelerate their herbal path so they can create their own thriving clinical practice.
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