Our Food Can be Our Medicine

February 5, 2013
Hosted by Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH and Andres Vergara, M.Ac., L.Ac.

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Episode Description

The food we eat is important not only as a fuel for our physical bodies, but it is also an important resource that can enhance our health and well being. In this segment, we will discuss how food can be used as part of a healthy lifestyle for living in harmony with the Tao, or way of the nautral world, as well as to aid in the treatment of different health conditions. In many traditional healing systems such as Chinese medicine, foods are classified according to their healing properties, and some, like walnuts, certain vegetables, fruits, and legummes are even includedin the materia medica and used in formulation with other herbs to treat various health concerns. We will discuss how food should be selected and prepared on a seasonal basis, as well as how to integrate all these aspects of food and diet, to not only optimize health and prevent health concerns, but to best treat common imbalances.

Holistic Healing with Herbs and Chinese Medicine

Holistic Healing with Herbs and Chinese Medicine

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Holistic Healing with Herbs and Chinese Medicine offers you tools for vitality and health from a 3000 year old healing system, emphasizing how herbs, acupuncture, food and qi gong can be used to treat common chronic and acute health problems. Andres and Michele will guide you to an understanding of Chinese medicine and how it can help them achieve physical and emotional wellbeing. Each week they will present natural solutions for common problems and discuss timely issues of concern to people using these therapies, hosting guests with unique expertise and inviting listeners to share questions and comments. Michele and Andres will integrate their extensive clinical experience as Chinese medicine practitioners into the discussions, sharing examples from their clinical practice. Having spent years studying and searching out experts in Chinese and herbal medicine, Michele and Andres will carefully present findings and suggestions intended to enhance your health.

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Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH and Andres Vergara, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH and Andres Vergara, M.Ac., L.Ac.

Michele and Andres are both very passionate about the practice of Chinese medicine and qi gong. They have studied and practiced Chinese medicine for a combined total of over eighteen years. In 2011, they spent six months studying Chinese herbal medicine in a university hospital setting that emphasized the practice of integrated Chinese herbal and allopathic medicine. Michele and Andres both teach and write about Chinese and herbal medicine, such as speaking for the Natural Triad/Wake Forest Integrative Medicine Seminar Series and publishing in the Journal of the American Herbalist Guild.

Michele, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild (RH) and a Master of Public Health, integrates Chinese, Ayurvedic, and western herbs, nutritional therapy, and qi gong into her practice as an herbalist. She studied with Michael and Leslie Tierra at the East West School of Herbology where she is a certified herbalist. She serves on the board of the North Carolina Herb Association and is a member of the teaching faculty of the Academy of Integrated Medicine.

Andres is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and teacher of qi gong, using solely Chinese herbs in his practice. He received his M.Ac. from Tai Sophia Institute in Maryland. He is currently licensed to practice in North Carolina, but has practiced in both North Carolina and Maryland. He has studied with a variety of well-regarded teachers of Chinese medicine, including Lonnie Jarrett, Dr. Tan, and Bob Flaws.

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Boyd Bailey, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)

Boyd Bailey, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM) received his Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1997 from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (now Bastyr University) in Seattle, WA. Boyd, currently in private practice, has treated patients with many different health conditions in a variety of clinical settings. Extensively and eclectically trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese, and Korean acupuncture traditions, Boyd is also a certified Toyohari® practitioner and proficient in Shonishin pediatric acupuncture. Since 2009, Boyd has served as the acupuncture consultant for WakeForest Baptist Health’s Center for Integrative Medicine. He is co-investigator for an NIH-funded Phase 2 clinical trial of the effects of acupuncture on menopausal hot flashes and one of four acupuncturists in this 2 year study. Boyd has worked closely with both local private practices of OB/GYN and especially with Wake Forests’ Center for Reproductive Medicine. View Guest page

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Beth Burke, L.Ac., M.Ac.

Beth Burke, L.Ac., M.Ac. Beth is a native of Silver Spring, Maryland. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and in Economics, where she also was on the varsity swim team. After college she worked in the field of accounting and finance for several years before she decided to make a change. Her interest in Chinese medicine began while studying Tai Chi and Kung Fu at the Hung Tao Choy Mei Academy in Washington, DC. She received her Master of Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts, the oldest accredited acupuncture program in the United States. She also received a certificate of Chinese herbal study from the Tai Sophia Institute. She is licensed by the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture. Her Acupuncture and Chinese herbal practice is located at the Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine in downtown Silver Spring. Currently she is also a Chinese herbal supervisor at the program for Chinese herbology at the Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel, MD. View Guest page

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Miles Coleman, RH (AHG)

Miles Coleman, RH (AHG) Miles is owner of Black Belt Herbs, a graduate of East West School of Herbology, Michael and Leslie Tierra’s school of herbal medicine, and a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Miles company, Black Belt Herbs, creates handcrafted herbal pain relief formulas. He founded his own clinic in 2000 and has worked as a herbalist for the past fifteen years. He is a Sifu (teacher) of traditional Chinese martial arts and holds master and teacher ranks in several rare kung fu systems. He is also a Reiki Master/Teacher, qi gong and shiatsu practitioner and studied massage at Ancient Wisdom College of Healing Arts in Council Bluffs, IA. His specialities are sports, martial arts injury and muscle/skeletal problems. Miles considers himself to be a planetary herbalist as he uses herbs and theories from both Chinese and western systems. He is currently developing his own herb courses for the general public and martial arts communities. View Guest page

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