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

Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Fibromyalgia Relief

I’ve been treating fibromyalgia since 2003, and have found that very good results come from a combination of acupuncture and a bodywork technique called ‘Gua Sha’.  The ‘Gua Sha’ method stimulates the body’s circulation via rubbing of the skin and muscles with a special tool.  I find that ‘Gua Sha’ dramatically boosts the pain relieving [...]

The Tea Leaf – everyday medicine

Many types of tea are made from the leaves of the camellia shrub with the botanical name of Camellia sinensis. The different types are due to the different ways of processing, fermentation and oxidation of the leaves.   Camellia teas include black tea, green tea, oolong tea, pu’er, and white tea.
Overall Health Benefits of Tea
Recent research [...]

Asian Grocery Store: Unlock the mysteries

There are many exotic fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs that have tremendous healing benefits.  By getting to know them, you can increase the ways that you take care of your health.   I’ll use this list when working on blogposts, and write a little about each one in its own post, so that you can get [...]

Loquat Chutney

Recipe
1.5 pounds loquats (remove seeds and skin)
1 pound sliced onion
1/2 pound chopped apple
1 pound sugar (rock sugar works well)
2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 teaspoons salt
1 tsp ground cardamon
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon molasses or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon dried ginger
1 pint vinegar
2 cups water
1/4 cup raisins (dark and golden)
Wash, stone and cut up loquats [...]

Loquat Fruits – healthy exotics

Loquat fruits look and taste a bit like apricots.  They are slightly exotic with many health benefits and they are up and coming in the fruit world.
Health Benefits
Loquat fruits taste sweet and sour.  Sweet foods strengthen or increase the body’s resources.  Sour foods astringe, hold in or protect the body’s fluids.  Together, sweet and sour [...]

Breathing Steam with herbs

To prevent infection (such as cold or flu) from manifesting in the lungs and throat it could be helpful to do a breathing steam.
Breathing Steam with Fresh Herbs:
Add 1 handful of Fresh or dried Mint or Eucalyptus Leaves to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Cook 5 minutes.  Place the pan on [...]

Herbal Defense against MRSA infection

MRSA is a serious type of staph infection.  MRSA (pronounced ‘mer-sa’ or simply ‘m-r-s-a’) is
an abbreviation for ‘methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus’.  As the name implies, this type of infection is resistant to the antibiotic Methicillin, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a ’super-bug’.   The MRSA bacteria causes strong and painful infection in different [...]

We are brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve [...]

Cleanse with Clay!

Certain types of clay from the earth have an astringent, pulling nature.  This cleaning ability is activated when wet clay goes through its drying process.  When used externally on the body, this means that clay can be used to draw out toxins or other foreign particles from the epidermis.   The external use of clay is [...]

Herbal Medicine Tinctures – removing the alcohol

Many herbal tinctures are made using alcohol as a base.  The alcohol is used to extract and preserve the medicinal properties of herbs, but does not have to be consumed with the medicine.  If you would like to prepare an alcohol-free version of the tincture for children or patients who cannot tolerate alcohol, follow these [...]