Did you know that current American diet, is critically lacking variety as well as nutrient dense options that provides our bodies with a foundation of health? It is extremely challenging to get a full spectrum of necessary nutrients from whole foods, particularly if your diet is also seeded with inflammatory foods such as sugar, dairy, wheat, and soy. If you were to supplement with each individual vitamin and mineral to try and fill the gaps would take all day just to get them in your body.  That’s why multivitamins are important option to look at when we discuss how to... Read More »


Turmeric has historically been used as a spice and a medicinal herb.  Recent studies show that the active compound named curcumin is what makes this spice so special. Curcumin is found in a relatively small amount in turmeric, however it is powerful. Although science is able to narrow down compounds that are truly magical in their function, herbal medicine knows that it is the whole of the plant that makes the medicine work its best.  Therefore, in my opinion, even though you can specifically purchase curcumin, I believe you will receive greater benefit from turmeric as a whole. So, let’s... Read More »

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola, Centella asiatica, or Asiatic pennywort is a perennial flowering plant and member of the parsley family.  It has a long history of being used in India, China and Indonesia for wound healing, improving mental clarity, and treating skin conditions.  In China it has also been used to treat respiratory infections. Studies in western medicine has shown gotu kola to reduce swelling and improve blood flow, therefore being useful in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.  Another potential useful application would be to decrease swelling and fluid accumulation for those who fly.  The mechanism by which it... Read More »