Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Gentle Detox with Braised Burdock, Mushroom and Seaweed

Burdock Root is called ‘Gobo’ in Japanese and is often sold under this name. It’s cooked in a similar way to a carrot and looks a little like one too (except it’s brown on the outside and white on the inside). The taste of burdock is pleasant and a little earthy. In many parts of Asia, burdock is a normal everyday root vegetable that is seen as being very good for the health, especially for the liver and the skin.

whole burdock

Nettle & Astragalus Soup (Huáng Qí) to tonify Qi & Blood

This is a great recipe to strengthen the resources of the body, specifically the blood and the energy.  When the body’s blood supply and blood quality are strong, there is more energy and vitality.  This is particularly a good soup to make as the weather becomes cooler and you are looking for an immune system […]

Clay Herb Pot

Due to the nature of Clay Herb Pots, they require special care.  Please follow these simple steps to ensure the life of your Clay Herb Pot: 1) Before first use, immerse the entire pot in cold water for 30 minutes to over night. This will allow the pot to absorb moisture before it is set […]

Mung Bean Dal Kitchardi

This recipe balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha Ayurvedic types. Serves 4 people Ingredients: 1 cup basmati rice 1/2 cup yellow split mung dal 3 tablespoons ghee 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 pinches hing 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 4 cups water Wash rice and mung dal well. Suggestions: […]

The Five Main Zang Organs & Their Foods

HEART LIVER SPLEEN LUNGS KIDNEYS LIKES Beets Hibiscus Black cherries Black cherry juice Apricot Red Clover Glutinous rice Bitter greens Kale Chard Mizuna Collard Dandelion Nettles Lemons Plum Wheat Yams Carrots Yellow potatoes Salmon Sweet rice Yellow squash Winter squash Ginger Cinnamon Cardamom Date Millet Pears Pear Juice Rice Loquats Peas Black mushrooms Black sesame […]

Remedies for Food Poisoning

Food poisoning can occur when one consumes spoiled food containing microbes that the belly is not used to.  There are various remedies for food poisoning depending on the pathogenic cause.  Some safe food-based remedies are listed below: Umeboshi Plum (called ‘Ume’ in Japanese, & ‘Wu Mei’ in Mandarin) has antibiotic effects against various bacteria including […]

Tasty Detox with Mung Bean Cookies

Mung beans (called ‘Lu Dou’ in Mandarin) are a very valuable remedy for detoxification.  They are commonly used for skin toxins such as carbuncles, pimples, sores and ulcers. Mung beans are an effective antidote for the intake and overdose of many toxic substances, such as pesticide poisoning, drug poisoning and food poisoning.  Mung beans also […]

Never Give Up

Never Give up No matter what is going on Never give up Develop the heart Too much energy in your country Is spent on developing the mind instead of the heart Develop the heart Be compassionate Not just to your friends But with everyone Be compassionate Work for peace in your heart And in the […]

Facial Acupuncture

Health equals beauty.  For thousands of years, Asian medicine has been used for longevity and the maintenance of the skin. Acupuncture and herbal therapies can boost both health and beauty. They increase circulation in the body and facial tissues. Herbal skin formulas go into organic herbal masks, poultices, and moisturizers. Cooling jade rollers massage the […]

The ‘New’ Water Bottle – Hip & Hot

I love hot water bottles for warming the muscles and encouraging good circulation, especially the german ones made of odorless thermoplastic.  They are so helpful for healing imbalances that are worse with cold weather, particularly during the winter months.  Who knew that you can now buy a hot water bottle with a protective and cozy […]