Tonic Herbs for Radiant Health

March 19, 2013
Hosted by Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH and Andres Vergara, M.Ac., L.Ac.

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Episode Description

In Chinese medicine and Taoist traditions, there is a rich and nuanced understanding of how herbs can be used to prevent disease and promote radiant health, similar to how some use vitamins in the west. These herbs are referred to as tonic herbs or adaptogens because they can be taken regularly and consistently for long periods of time and are, as a result, often used as super foods. These herbs promote health and longevity and help the body to adapt to emotional, physical and chemical stressors. They can help people recover strength and vitality after chronic illness or health issues, such as cancer, as well as be used for general wellness and for physical stamina. On this episode of Holistic Healing with Herbs and Chinese Medicine, we will discuss this rich history, as well as a growing body of research that supports this longstanding tradition.

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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.

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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