The web is a gold mine. And like every mine, you have to dig through mountains of dirt to find something of value. MOST information out there is half-truth, copied, misdirected or simply an outright twisted lie. If you don’t have expertise in a field, how can you judge rubbish from fact, false science from realty? My intention here is about healthcare, not DIY videos. An Australian woman was recently charged for profiting for years with online advice and sales with a fake story of cancer. She was caught, millions more are not. Marketing over mindfulness is their motto: beware of self-proclaimed healers, those who try to sell simple products like turmeric, fruit extracts or pea protein for a lot of money. Pea protein costs just a couple dollars per kilo to source, but can sell for upwards of $70 Please beware of blogs and help groups – they don’t know you, they aren’t you.
With over 20 years formal education, clinical & commercial experience walking the talk with herbs & nutritional support, I’ve seen fads come & go, seen poor information, even the greed; have stocked & tried thousands of products. There is a little bit of new information out there true, but only a very little – regardless of what the marketing or “research” says. What’s the latest and greatest today? Magnesium, TUDCA, anything with turmeric, maca, chia seeds… Methylation & Boron are newer ones. Use to be selenium, zinc, soy protein & genistein, going back further: colostrum, transfer factor, ambertose, micro minerals, creatine, garlic…. Blue green algae, pycnogenol or a slew of anti-oxidants blends, shark liver oil if we go back to the 90’s. Ever seen the book “Sharks Don’t Get Cancer” by I. William Lane? Well it turns out they do. And that has been known for a century. But he was heavily vested in selling the products. Vitamin C makes waves going back to the 1960’s. Are cancer rates less? Heart disease? Diabetes? Dementia? Nueral disorders like MS or Dementias? Stress-induced problems, ME…? No. All increased or the same as far as I can see.
The best medicines are custom recommended or made for you and your specific needs today. If the product is right, those needs should actually change fairly quickly, and your supplements should too. Sometimes a product off the chemist shelf does indeed come together like salt and pepper: tried and true, plenty of safety & a handful of formulas found around do fit that description. But you should have personal guidance to know which ones!
As a Master Herbalist with decades around nutritional medicine I can go over your current or intended regime with you in person. Never be afraid to ask. (Online or Skype consults may also be appropriate in certain circumstances.) And as someone who has spent this much time within both the supplement industry & patient care I have developed more than a few of my own favourites.
Please note, my ingredients will often not be listed online (though I am working to include them better) Why have I excluded them? Not because I am hiding anything. But because I usually customise each of the dozens of formulas below for a patient personally. Your “Tense-Ease,” “Thyro-Ease,” “Back-Ease” blend may differ from your neighbour’s. They will be similar, but not the same. And that makes all the difference!
TAME THAT MONKEY MIND
KAVA EASE (LIQUID)
TENSE-EASE click here for Tense Ease info pdf
Part of my “Easy” product line, Tense-Ease™ is a balanced blend of East and Western knowledge. The amino acid Taurine, a variety of magnesiums, mixed with herbs long used for anxiety, nervousness and irritability. Designed to not just quell symptoms, but strengthen a fatigued system. Can be used for short-term episodic times (starting a new job, school exams, mild insomnia…) or for deeper conditions by adjusting dosage and combining therapies.
DREAM-EASE click here for Dream Ease info card
For chronic unsettled or dream-distrubed sleep. For those who seem to sleep “enough” yet still wake feeling heavy and tired. This blend is meant to be taken a minimum of one month. Safe for children (and good for night terrors) May be combined with most other medications – always ask for specific combining issues. Successfully trialled with new parents trying to regain quality of sleep after their little one is over the worst of the wee hour wake up calls.
3 formulas created to help soften the blows of an active and stressful life. Bad things happen, but they don’t have to stick. True happiness cannot be found in any bottle of course, but these combinations can help put a smile on the face of both young & old. Crafted using traditional wisdom with current supporting research – plus crucial patient feedback over many years. Includes mimosa, a plant who’s Chinese name translates as “everybody happy”!
From 2003-2010 I ran a busy clinic near one of the largest army bases in the United States. This was when soldiers by the thousands poured into Iraq or Afghanistan. Countless loved ones remained behind, and in the early months to years of fighting communication could be extremely sporadic: no internet, Skype, FB or instant messaging. A senior base counsellor & patient of mine asked if I could help de-stress & uplift some of those left behind – including herself. In those years… I saw wives who’s husbands were maimed or killed. I saw soldiers with PTSD and other torment. I saw their children failing in schools due to the stresses of war on family. The overwhelmed docs handed out prescriptions and sleep aids like sweets to children. Even if effective, most did not want to take them – it was depressing to be on antidepressants for them. This is where I came in, where I helped, and with countless little tweaks based on research, patient input and observations, made these formulas…
For mild depression and depressive episodes. Safe for long or short-term occasional use. In certain cases may bFe used to help wean from fluoxetine or sertraline
Geared more for anxiety, heart palpitations or restless sleep than the original formula. Designed to help correct the problem, correct the need for medication according to traditional Chinese medical philosophy methods. Differs from TENSE-EASE by being less potent in the short term for some, but more effective in the longer term. In certain cases may be used to help wean from escitalopram
For combination conditions such as anxiety with depression, mood swings or menopausal symptoms
Please note, these herbal medications are not intended to replace life changes and/or professional guided coaching or counselling where necessary. I work in-house with both a clinical psychologist and professional coach, and happy to assist with referral… 🙂 I also assist with lifestyle & philosophical counselling personally.
- Memory and Brain Fog
- Stroke Recovery
- Dulled thinking from chronic illness or lack of sleep
HEAD-EASE (both chronic and acute formulas)
- Head Pain
- Eye Irritations
- Neck Stiffness
- Sinus Issues
Please see my specialties page about how I can help treat headaches. If you’d like to fill out this questionnaire and forward to or bring to your appointment it would also greatly help
nearly as many formulas as body bits
LIVER-EASE (summer & winter blends)
What an amazing industrious organ! And with my liking for whiskey & wine that is a good thing. A filter, energy store, & digestive organ rolled into one, it is crucial we keep it in good working order. In TCM it also regulates menstruation, emotions of frustration, workings of the brain… Every company has a Liver product or “detoxifier” of sorts, but to be fair there is scant difference between them. Also, there is little focus or balance in them. So why be like them? My blends vary according to season. Do you eat, sleep, exercise and have the same activities in summer as winter? No. So why should products not reflect that too? They should. Chemist and health food shops contain certainly a few gems – yet also piles of rubbish.
My Liver product is different because it does NOT contain milk thistle or silymarin (one of the active compounds in milk thistle herb). Instead these are more of a support blend to cool and clear liver heat or inflammation. In this regard, the product may be used for
- excess drinking
- indigestion from greasy or fried foods
- eye strain
- certain headaches
- long-term gall stone complaints
- irritable moods
- irregular periods or PMS… and more
- gastric reflux or other digestive issues
To take the same product regardless of seasonal changes makes no sense. Why don’t I use milk thistle? Well, I do stock some good practitioner only varieties. But there is something vacant from the internet and good-intentioned people out there selling liver detoxifiers and cleanses. Namely, how can a product Do Harm. If something can be good, it can be bad. What is not mentioned is that milk thistle can interrupt normal liver metabolic functioning. What does the liver do? Plenty. One chief thing is metabolising medications. If the body is in “cleanse” mode, important medications can be improperly metabolised – making them….? No one actually knows. Less potent? More potent? Disrupting time-release patterns? And in cleanse mode it can prevent a person from absorbing certain nutrients or other supplements, possibly affecting cholesterol processing as well… No one knows. And that is bad medicine.
HERBAL ANTI-BIOTIX I & II
Overuse of prescription antibiotics is a serious subject. More & more GP’s send people home without them. New Zealand is actually quite ahead of the curve in this regard, but sometimes doctors unfortunately feel pressured to give their patients something – by you the patient! But know there are good and quite strong “natural” alternatives. Don’t scoff. The first repeatable manufactured antibiotic we commonly consider to be penicillin – made from bread mould. Berberine is a famously potent chemical found in dozens of plants with decades of biochemical in vitro & in vivo works. But it is just one of many known helpers.
These two formulas can address bacterial complaints, yet also viral or fungal. A significant number of chronic sinusitis sufferers have fungal infections in addition to or instead of bacterial overgrowth. Numbers vary between 10-30% based on region and population. That is a huge proportion of people considering sinus problems are one of the top reasons patients visit their GP. Skin irritations, H.pylori in the gut, insect bite or sting complaints, even minor gall bladder stone attacks (cholecystitis) or shingles may benefit from one of these formulas.
NECK EASE (Both Chronic & Acute Blends)
May be used in conjunction with OTC and most prescription pain medications if needed. Please contact me for questions or concerns.
BACK EASE (Both Chronic & Acute Blends)
A traditional blend to support muscle integrity and relaxation of low back and core muscles. Next to proper stretching, I find herbal medicine the single best answer to chronic niggling back pain, after an acute injury has settled (through acupuncture and osteopathy if possible!) Our ancestors worked much harder than us, often labouring hours in the dirt, building things by hand, traveling by foot or on the back of an animal. Their knees and backs would ache, they would be of utmost concern to take care of. This formula is modified slightly from its original 1800 year old recipe. It still works today…
KNEES EASE (Chronic Only)
For ongoing joint problems & the accompanying fatigue that goes with dealing with that discomfort. Keeping active, getting good bodywork like acupuncture, massage & osteopathy for joint health is crucial too. Yet ongoing, it astounds me how many people either take nothing to help support their joints, or give up too soon before finding something right for them.
Not just for existing complaints, Arthro-Ease can be taken FOR PREVENTION! Are you in training for a competition? Getting back to the gym after time away? Find it hard to exercise on the knees, hips or ankles due to carrying too much weight? Trying a social sport for a change? All these are great reasons to support yourself before getting injured.
SHOULDER EASE (Both Chronic & Acute Blends)
Comes in juice (liquid extract) and capsules – which you can drink with the juice of your choice.
In TCM arthritis can be classified into a few different pathologies, including hot, cold, damp, moving… or a combination of these. With herbal medicine we aim to counteract the adverse temperature, ease pain and increase circulation to improve mobility. Acupuncture has also been shown in studies to ease both acute and chronic joint pains, including Osteoarthritis.
When I started practise years ago in Hawaii I was shocked at the number of people who suffered insomnia – either trouble falling asleep or getting to sleep. And Hawaii is not exactly known for its high stress lifestyle. There are many facets to sleeplessness, including lifestyle, work and environment, but one thing that remains constant is our need for deep sleep.
If you’ve had ongoing issues or anticipate a rough patch ahead, call in. Sleep apnea also addressed in combination with acupuncture, digestive herbs and lifestyle advice.
Traditionally reserved for aristocracy, Emperors and Queens. Now available to you. A gorgeously designed formula to help tame a jumping mind, nourish the heart, calm the spirit. Well known for producing vivd dreams. May be taken short or long-term.