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

Category Archives: Specific Conditions

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 […]

Diet Help for Gout

Gout is a very painful type of arthritis that can come on suddenly with much redness, swelling, warmth, pain and inflammation.  Arthritic gout is caused by an excess build-up of uric acid in the body.  Uric acid is the end-product caused by the breakdown of purines.  Purines are compounds that are naturally found in the […]

Women’s Moon Cycle – Taking Care

A woman’s moon cycle or menses can be a delicate and sensitive time, as deeper hormonal qualities surface from the interior ‘yin’ part of the body to aid in a natural purification.  It’s a perfect time to take care of oneself.  In addition to eating a balanced diet, getting exercise and fresh air, and working […]

Salt Water Cleans infections

For minor nasal or throat infections you can try using a saline nasal spray or salt-water gargle to see if this remedy can bring down some of the swelling.  Make by adding ½ tsp salt to 8 oz warm water.For the throat, gargle the salt water for a total of several minutes, changing the water […]

Nourishing Oils for the Hair

The hair needs moisture and oil in order to stay soft, healthy and prevent falling.  Men, women and children can all benefit from smoothing a little oil through their hair occasionally or on a regular basis.  Adding natural oils for the hair will bring hydration and reduce breakage and loss.  It’s really wonderful for dry […]

Eczema: Foods to Avoid

In Asian medicine, there are two basic types of eczema.  These are ‘blood-deficient’ dry eczema and ‘damp-heat’ wet eczema.  To help in the relief of this skin condition, it is helpful to avoid the following foods as they can be aggravating to the body’s systems: Alcohol Chocolate Citrus Fried Foods Garlic Onions Pepper Spicy Foods […]

Foods to Reduce a Herpes Outbreak

There are two amino acids (protein building blocks) which have a significant impact on the herpes virus.  This includes both herpes simplex (mouth or genital) and herpes zoster (shingles).  The amino acid Lysine can reduce the strength of a herpes outbreak, while the amino acid Arginine can actually increase the intensity and duration of the […]

Using a Glass Eye-Wash Cup

If you have been instructed to use a solution to wash the eye, please see directions below. An eye wash cup can be considered to be part of a first-aid kit.  The cup helps to rinse the eye and remove dirt, loose eyelashes or other small particles from the eye.  Eye wash cups dilute and […]

Dreaded Nail Fungus – herbal treatment

Instructions for using ‘Nail Fungus’ herbal soak. Use ¾ cup of water per bag of ‘nail fungus formula’ herbs. Place the bag of herbs in the water and bring the water to a boil.  Turn down and Simmer for 20 minutes. Add ½ cup of rice vinegar and simmer for an additional 2 minutes. Remove […]

Soothe the Throat Tea

1 bag of herbs made with: 9 grams – ‘Pang Da Hai’ Semen Sterculiae scaphigeriae (Boat Seed) 5 grams – ‘Jie Geng’ Radix Platycodi grandiflori (Balloon Flower) 5 grams – ‘Gan Cao’ Radix Glycyrrhizae uralensis (licorice) Place above herbs in large tea cup or small tea pot.  Add boiling water and cover with lid for […]