Traditional Chinese Herbalism is an ancient and profound form of medicine. Formulas are created to fit the unique needs of each patient. Often consisting of a number of herbs that work synergistically creating a safe and effective treatment with little to no side effects.
Chinese herbal medicine uses plant medicine to restore balance to the system. We use herbs to address current imbalances as well the root cause of disease in order to ensure lasting results. Chinese medicinal herbs have been used for thousands of years in the treatment of epidemic disease and has shown to be effective in corona type viruses such as SARS as well as prevention and early onset treatment of Covid-19. Read more about this here.
During our video consultation we will go over your health history, concerns and current symptoms (if applicable, though herbs and other modalities are wonderful at disease prevention!).
I will then formulate and ship herbs directly to you. We can also discuss supplemental things you can do at home to support immunity, reduce stress and come out the other side of this healthy and happy.
We have a full herbal pharmacy at Points of Health in Santa Barbara, Ca ready to support you and your loved ones with any needs you may have. Click here for inquiries
gua sha consultations
We will move through a home-based care routine together over a video call utilizing the power of gua sha and acupressure. Gua sha is a method of gently scraping the surface of the skin and muscles to relieve tension, promote circulation of blood and lymph fluid and strengthen the immune system. Gua sha has become popularized as an effective facial rejuvenation technique (which I love and do daily!). However, it is also used for common ailments such as neck, shoulder and head tension, sore throat, cough, painful or tired eyes, sore muscles, tendonitis, and anxiety.
We will cater the rest of the session to your needs which could include stretching and movement ideas, breathing practices, meditation, nutritional guidance, journaling prompts or simply connecting in a supportive conversation. Not only are these treatments effective for continued care during a time of isolation as we adapt our lives around Covid-19, but they are also extremely valuable to have on hand for continued care as we adjust to our world.
Session can be recorded for future reference.
nine star ki readings
Nine Star Ki is a system of astrology that studies an energetic patterning we are born with. Our unique purpose and the way we move through the world can be understood by studying the elements of nature. If we learn about these elements and how they interact within our own compositions and in the compositions of those in our lives we can unlock the harmonious plan. In Chinese Medicine the word for the order of the Universe is the Tao, “the way",” the nature of things. The Way is studied by understanding the cycles of nature and how these elements stay in balance.
A Nine Star Ki consultation will look at the three main elements you were born with. However, it is also important to take into account the transformation of elements over time (water feeds a plant’s roots to become a tree. A tree eventually dies to become wood for a fire. Fire burns down to ash becoming earth, etc).
When I learned about Nine Star Ki it opened up possibilities for my own expression. I was able to learn the qualities of the elements that applied to me and they were shockingly close to my own true expression. Permission was given to be my full expression, no longer tailoring myself to try and fit a mold thrust on to me by society. I also learned how to support myself and my true nature. I know now I need to allow time for solitude and contemplation. I also need to allow time for creative expression, movement, emotional expression. It’s no longer theory, I now understand these parts of my life are essential to thrive. Another example, this year I am in a time of hard work and determination. Yes, I feel that as I am energized to rethink my Traditional Chinese Medicine practice and how it expresses itself. I am trusting the work will adapt though it may require some groundwork. These are just examples from my own life. I can’t express enough how much studying Nine Star Ki and the element theory has enhanced my life and given me a personal map that has calmed my heart.
In times of uncertainty, as well as repose, such as now (March 2020) it is a perfect time to learn about what elements reside in our true nature and how to use these energetic patternings to grow into what wants to evolve out of this experience.
Readings create a template for an individual or team/group of people. My mentor and I have worked with individuals, small organizations, families, and colleagues to map out natural strengths among the members, possible places of weakness and how to tap into each persons natural tendencies to maximize potential.