Dear Blog Followers:
I have been super busy over the last couple of months. This is the first time I have had to begin to report to you at where I have been and what I have been doing for the last while.
In April, I went on a whirlwind herb tour to Beijing and Anguo, China. Mayway – a premier herb company that has supplied us with herbs since the early 1980′s – invited a select group of customers, herbalists, and botanists to visit the Mayway Hebei factory in Anguo, about 2 1/2 hours from Beijing. I could not miss this opportunity as this was the first time that any tour like this has been organized.
The Mayway Hebei factory and Anguo herb fields were marvelous. It was amazing to see the ancient science
of Chinese herbal medicine preserved and being carried out in a modern factory setting. Also, it was magnificent to stand within Chinese herb fields that stretched for as far as one could see.
While in Beijing, I also had a chance to have a short but great visit through the gardens of the The Institute of Medicinal Plant Development (IMPLAD).
affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College. IMPLAD is dedicated to protecting, developing and utilizing medicinal plant resources by means of modern scientific technology.
Thomas Avery Garran and Michael Fitzgerald kindly guided me through the gardens at IMPLAD. I was also honored to meet Professor Yulin Lin, Pharmacognosist and Botanical Resource, one of the top Medicinal plant resource specialists in China who is working with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London at the Chinese Medicine Authentication Center with Christine Leon (also on the Mayway Tour) the project manager at Kew. All of us had the opportunity to have a wonderful lunch in the medicinal herb restaurant associated with the garden.
While in Beijing, I also had the fortune to study with Dr. Wang Ju-Yi, the author of “Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine: Wang Ju-Yi’s Lectures on Channel Therapeutics.”
It was a great opportunity to see him in action at both his private practice and in a hospital.
setting. I loved being able to go back to my roots of using channel theory in the practice of acupuncture (ask me more when you see me in clinic!)
And, a big surprise, while visiting friends in Beijing at the People’s Medical Publishing House, the leading medical book publisher in China, I was honored to be offered the authorship of a practitioner guide to hepatitis C. I guess I better get busy
On the last day in Beijing, I made a visit to the Beijing Tong Ren Tang herb store, founded in 1669, the most famous of herb stores in China.
Yours in Health,
Misha Ruth Cohen
AKA Doc Misha
P.S. Be on the lookout for the slideshow from China we will be presenting at the clinic this summer…watch your e-mail for more information.