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The image above features three of my latest tinctures. These address Environmental and Metabolic Toxicosis that affects everybody at this time. The largest bottle features a Chinese Herbal Brandy, made Dec 2015. Major herb is Rhizoma Curcummae = Turmeric. Strong in vitro effects against Staphylococcus aureus. Effective against Dermatomycoses and Viruses... See, NASA Agenda 2025

This was a PowerPoint presentation by Dennis Bushnell, chief NASA scientist (July 2001); document pulled. Doc Title: “The Bots, Borgs, and Humans Welcome you to 2025.”
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HoliMed Herbal Tasting and Seminars/Group Discussions

When you design herbal tinctures, you consider the quality of herbs you use: Western herbs, because they are mostly flowers, stems, fruit-berries, and light barks, are perfectly suitable for tinctures (2/3 alcohol, 1/3 spring water). When it comes to herbal brandies (alcohol only), Oriental/Traditional Chinese herbs are more suitable because they are heavy roots and barks that take a long time to process. Some of my brandies are brewed for years - 1 to 3 years; the traditional time is half a year minimum. In Mountain View, CA, when I lived there, my favorite herbal store provided me with everything I needed and more. The folks in the store were fascinated with the blonde, blue-eyed acupuncturist and herbalist, and were wonderfully forthcoming with info. We discussed tinctures, brandies and decoctions. Here too, in Vancouver, I found a couple of places in Chinatown where I get everything I need. I carry my books around cause the folks in the store only relate to Chinese characters when it comes to assembling my formulas.

So the Chinese really believe in decoctions - meaning, they prefer to boil their herbs: by placing 4-6 oz of herbs into 4-6 cups of water. When I decoct my herbs, I use up to 8 cups of water; it's less concentrated, easier to drink. - And I don't feel that I'm wasting the herbs. Usually I prefer tinctures and brandies. - Everlasting effect - slow, steady improvement, great taste. There are times though when herbal decoctions are in order. When you're dealing with a stubborn, pesky condition that's chronic, and not responding to preventative sort of tonification, then stronger medicine is necessary. And the decoctions are perfect - once, twice, or three-times a day - a cup at a time. The Chinese prefer these decoctions; they prefer not to use alcohol, the majority of them.

The folks in Mountain View, though, did believe in brandies, and told me some interesting things - ancient secrets, I'd say, to improve the formulas you're working with. - In TCM, you always work with opposites, of course - the Yin/Yang 'balancing-act' covers everything. Come to the seminars, you'll find out more.

Alchemical issues have always been of interest to me. Most of my herbal brandies are Kidney Yang & Jing formulas - Runners, you know - my teacher, back in Palo Alto, said to me that I "was burning my candle on both ends". Dr. Miriam Lee, was talking of my running of 4-6 miles a day while I was living in the area. She was saying, "You only have one pair of adrenals". I keep that in mind. So my exercise, work and play and alcohol intake, etc.; I do my best to keep it all in balance ... As you grow change...and ponder every little thing, especially, if you want to keep the 4-mile track intact and manage your personal life as well.

Tinctures are made with alcohol and spring water. After 4-6 weeks, you strain the bulk of the herbs out, and the tinctures are ready to be used. In quality and quantity, this product far surpasses available commercial ones and their cost.

Brandies, as you already know, are made with alcohol only - I use corn liquor/JD, rather than brandies, it's not as sweet, or refined as brandies; it's adequately generic. They can be brewed for several years before they are strained.

To participate in these Group Talks, email me to join the next group; tentatively, Sundays 4:00-7:00PM. Topics depend on the groups' preference. It might be a combination of both, herbal and TCM/acupuncture FAQ.

All herbs in the categories mentioned below are adrenocortical /hormonal regulators. All categories will be discussed.

  • adrenomedullary

  • androgen/testosterone

  • estrogens
  • gonadotropic

  • insulin/pancreatic

  • progesterone
  • thyrotropic

  • thyroxine

  • parathormone

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    Custom-designed herbal formulas - tinctures or brandies - available. Please inquire, Call or Email.

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