Sun Medicine / Moon Medicine: An Alchemical Approach to Balance

by Dave Meesters. Summer solstice, when the sun's powers are at their height, is a good occasion to recognize and give thanks for the gifts bestowed by the sun and the light that it brings into our lives, as well as to be thankful for the night, and the dark that gives us reprieve from … Continue reading Sun Medicine / Moon Medicine: An Alchemical Approach to Balance

Venerable New Language for the Human “Reproductive” System

by Dave Meesters. In all the years that I’ve been studying, teaching, and discussing health and the human body with students, clients, and fellow practitioners, I’ve always felt a disconnect, something a little off, with the customary use of the word “reproductive” to describe a certain portion of the human anatomy & physiology. The term … Continue reading Venerable New Language for the Human “Reproductive” System

Bidens as an Herbal Antibiotic: A Case Study

by Dave Meesters I got curious about using Bidens species as an “herbal antibiotic” after reading about it in Stephen Buhner’s book Herbal Antibiotics (2nd edition, Storey Publishing, 2012).  I usually take the clinical information in Buhner’s books with a grain of salt, as he always seems to be reporting much more on the results … Continue reading Bidens as an Herbal Antibiotic: A Case Study

Dark Medicines: On Seeing Patients with “Bad Habits”

by Dave Meesters Faced with a patient who habitually uses certain problematic herbs or substances such as tobacco, coffee, alcohol, cannabis, or harder drugs, most herbalists instinctively frown upon such use, or take a “harm reduction” approach that emphasizes the harm these tools may inflict. More discerning practitioners will pass judgment only if the substance(s) … Continue reading Dark Medicines: On Seeing Patients with “Bad Habits”