The below section covers the following topics: Chinese Herbal Medicine Education, Safety and Purity, Herbal Applications.
Christina considers herself to be a classical herbalist. She studied Classical Chinese herbal medicine in her Master's Degree at Yo San University and her PhD at American University of Complimentary Medicine.
Herbal medicine can be applied in various forms such as encapsulations, tea pills, traditional dried raw herb formulations, alcohol based tinctures, powders and fresh produce based herbs. She enjoys empowering patients to prepare herbal combinations for themselves whenever possible so that the client can become equipped with a lifetime repertoire of preparations that can be made whenever needed.
Christina's favorite method of herbalism, is the creation of raw her formulas that are personalized according to the needs of each patient, assembled in the office and then cooked at home. She approaches plant medicine from a nature-centered person first perspective individualizing every formula to balance the base constitution and address the specific health goal.
In Chinese history there is reference to tea as far back as 5000 years. While the origin of tea drinking is not really known, by most accounts the beginnings of the tea culture in China began around 2737 B.C. According to folklore the second Emperor of China, Shen Nung who studied plants and herbs was in the court yard when the leaf of the Camellia Senensis blossom dropped into his boiling pot of water.
A man before his time in reference to hygiene he boiled his water before drinking it. As he did not realize that the leaf had fallen into his pot of boiling water he drank some it and found it to be refreshing.
Tea was originally consumed for its medicinal properties. Used as an herbal medicine the Chinese added the leaves to their food to provide nutrients or as an antidote for poison. It is also known for its benefits of aiding digestion, which is why Chinese prefer to drink tea after their meals and also aids in nervous disorders. Another benefit of drinking tea is it helps to expunge nicotine from the bodies of smokers faster.
The first written reference to the consumption of tea was in 350 A.D when Kuo D'o' updated an old Chinese dictionary. At this time tea was made of leaves and was usually boiled with ginger, orange and other things for flavour. Tea at this time was in the form of green tea. In the interior part of China people compressed the tea into bricks and used it as currency to barter. From 350 A.D to 600 A.D demand greatly increased, outstripping supply. Farmers began growing tea in the Szechwan district.