Chinese Culture

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

October 5, 2010

Quite a bit of the difficulty the average American has with traditional Chinese medicine theory, I think, comes from the fact that TCM theory is often presented in metaphors that lack any cultural context or relevance to our lives. Take the description of how the human body transforms food and fluids into useable energy, for […]

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Endangered Herbs

July 29, 2010

When I was in China in 2005, the topic of using endangered species, particularly animals, met with seriousness. The photo here is one that I took of the signage at the herb market in Chengdu. Although some of the more jaded Americans I talked to claimed that such signs were merely for show, I also […]

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Vampires & Other Parasites Beware

July 27, 2010

The other day a mommy friend of mine called me freaking out. She had received one of those emails that, while inevitable when you send your kid to daycare, still makes that primordial part of your brain go, “Eeeewwww!” The email subject line said simply, “****pinworm alert****”. Basically, one of the other kids at the […]

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Would I Trade My Kid for a Cup of Coffee?

July 5, 2010

Quite without intent, it seems I have become a connoisseur of blogs, especially those on the topic of herbs and alternative health care. I guess it goes with the territory. For most blogs about Traditional Chinese Herbal therapy (TCH) the intended audience are acupuncture and herbal practitioners. I’m not going to sugar coat it here, most of […]

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Ode to the Mighty Watermelon

June 28, 2010

Standing majestically over all the other traditional Chinese herbs are those that do double duty as both herbs and foods. And emperor among this royal court reigns the benevolent watermelon. Traditionally used to combat summer heat and its effects- significant thirst, dark, scanty urine and dry heaves- it’s no wonder that entire towns have built […]

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Not Old, Really, Really Old

April 22, 2010

Qing Cheng Mountain, about 40 miles west of Chengdu, China, stands as one of the ancient cradles of Taoism for the world. It’s green, tranquil, and kind of exhausting to climb. In 2005, I took this picture on my trek to the summit. You’re probably thinking, “OK, it’s a tree. Big deal.” But that tree is symbolically a […]

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What about Organic Herbs?

March 4, 2010

I often here the question, “Do you use organic herbs to make your products?” No. And I’ll tell you why. Most of the herbs we need to make our products are grown in China. And the plants we need are very particular about where they are grown.Even within China, the herb quality is often dependent on […]

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How to Have a Car Accident in China

February 14, 2010

Periodically, I like to refocus. Particularly, I want to take a few keystrokes to refocus on why we, the Herbalogic team, are in the herb business. Our mission statement is a simple one: Third Coast Herb Company, Inc. will bridge the cultural gap between traditional Chinese herbal therapy and American healthcare consumers. Periodically I will […]

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