Herb drug interactions (HDIs) have a bad reputation. Negative herb drug interactions have been unfairly emphasized, and the subject has overall served to increase paranoia and suspicion about using herbs in clinical settings. The truth is that these are largely positive–some herbs can synergize with drugs to increase their efficacy or alleviate their side effects.
Mushrooms: there are the good, the bad, and the psychedelic. Most people are familiar with the latter varieties. But another class of mushrooms have been neglected and underutilized: the medicinal mushrooms. Though they have a long history of use in Chinese, Japanese, and Eastern European medicine traditions, Western medicine is just catching up to the... Read More
What is the future of healthcare? The answer to this question depends on whom you’re asking. Within the healthcare system, the answers range from new care delivery options, big data and electronic health records, telehealth technology, and better R&D pipelines. More people are thinking outside of the box in order to develop a new model... Read More
Herbal medicine is enchanting because it’s a simultaneously an art, craft, and science. It’s an art to formulate and be a matchmaker between people and plants. It’s a science to inquire about why and how herbs work the way they do. This post introduces you to the craft of herbal medicine, and demystifies some of... Read More
If you’re familiar with nutraceutical mushrooms, then you’re probably already aware of their well-studied effects on immunity. But there are some mushrooms that go even further. Lion’s mane is a truly unique mushroom that not only supports immunity, but also provides valuable nutrients for the whole nervous system. Given the importance of mental and neurological... Read More
Today marks 32 trips around the sun. It’s a cherished time of reflection for me, highlighted by the changing seasons that inspire an introspection and quietude of their own. The object of my contemplation has been passage of time. Three authors explore the deep facets of our temporal being in their books – Felt Time: The Science... Read More
Over the past few months I’ve seen this remedy recommended to people who are seeking treatments for these debilitating disorders, due to observation that they are resistant to Borrelia infections and the proposition that their tissues contain a special compound that eradicates the infection. That’s actually not the case at all: they just have really strong innate... Read More
I recently watched an instagram video loop of a lovely young herbalist chopping roots from a wildcrafted plant. Her feed is full of poetic and intimate photographs of herbs. I feel her sense of wonder and awe of the natural world by the way she chooses to portray them. I pause when these artistic tokens... Read More