Acupuncture and Herb Clinic

Seasonal Notes


Spring Equinox 2020

Spring is a time of change. Leo, the great Lion in the sky, chases the brilliant stars of the Winter Circle across the night sky ushering in a new season.


Corona 19 The Virus That Roared! 

Viruses may have been the first life form on earth. In the emerging field of Epigenetics, viruses turn genes on and off, allowing for adaptation and evolution. The changes in DNA a plant or animal experiences to cope with stress is eventually passed on to future generations.

The Corona Virus 19 like it’s Corona cousin which causes the common cold, is making some of us very sick and killing a small percentage of those who are unfortunate enough to get sick.

Interestingly, most of the recent flu epidemics have involved a sharing of genetic information between animals and humans. The animals in question were either crowded together in stockyards, or were beasts of burden. The common cold evolved in horses before adapting to humans. That is why your nose is so stuffy when you get a cold. A horse nose is much longer! If the Corona 19 virus did indeed come from exotic snakes slated for the dinner table, perhaps the virus picked up some genetic material from their venom. Our own stock yards and chicken houses are horrific examples of abuse, neglect, and disease. A potent virus could easily evolve from one of these scenarios. Some bulls are so sick they have to be lifted off the ground with a fork lift to transport them to slaughter. Meat carvers commonly get infections during the processing of their corpses. “Beef, it’s what for dinner?” Yes, but purchase locally and wisely.

What is Truth? Is Truth unchanging law? We both have Truths, are mine the same as yours?”

Jesus Christ Superstar


The internet favors pictures of people in star wars suites spraying Clorox everywhere. (Clorox stocks are up, incidentally.) Is this the method of choice? Clorox is a very toxic substance and the fumes can damage your lungs leaving you more vulnerable to illness. Children and pets are at higher risk. Vinegar, baking soda, soap and essential oils will work very nicely. During the SARS epidemic in China, the doctors used a little vinegar in their nostrils to avoid getting sick. During the European Plague spice merchants were protected by the oils from the herbs they sold. Eucalyptus, Pine, Peppermint and other essential oils used as “perfume” under the nose or inside a cloth face mask is very helpful. The Herb Shop is a good source of oils.


Be as well as you feel, not as sick as you fear!

Remember 97% of those infected survive. The large numbers of people infected is not surprising considering how overcrowded our planet has become. The spread of this virus, is largely due to air travel. Air travel tops the list of carbon pollution in the upper atmosphere. Greta Thunburg has a point!

Reduce your risk, maximize your innate immunity!


  1. Smoking (tobacco, cannabis, etc.), and Vaping are very destructive to the lungs.

  2. Sugar and excess Carbohydrates suppress immunity.

  3. Avoid crowded spaces especially ones in which you will be sitting for a long period of time.

  4. Carry a mask.The earth-friendly cloth variety which can be washed and used over and over.

  5. Early to bed, early to rise… The immune system is recharged while we sleep and rest.

  6. Eat a simple, balanced diet. Rich foods bog down the immune system. Junk food can destroy our immunity. Broth based soups, steamed greens and other fresh vegetables are best. EAT A SHITAKE MUSHROOM DAILY. (Save the stems for stocks.)

  7. Peppermint and Jasmine Tea. Peppermint tea opens up and circulates the lungs. Jasmine Tea provides anti-oxidants and supports immunity. COLD BEVERAGES IMMUNITY.

  8. Avoid excess screen time. Cell phones, computers, televisions, etc. Set the stage for ADD and ADHD. Becoming “addicted” to the news is not healthy. The media thrives on sensationalism. Just learn the facts and spend time in nature which is healing.

What if you get sick?


Most cases of Corona virus are mild. But if you have a weak immune system, or engage in habits which depress your immunity, you may need professional help. Our hospital can support your lung function until the crisis is past.

If you are only mildly ill, remember it may not be the corona virus. Even so, you need to rest, eat simple foods and avoid “sharing” your illness with others.

Parents have to teach their children to cover their mouths when they cough. Parents also need to watch carefully as a child’s immunity is weak. Stay home with your children unless they require professional help.

Can Chinese Medicine Help? 

Probably, but our clinic is only open part time. We do offer herbs and supplements to help with immunity. Acupuncture can help open the lungs and raise the defensive Wei Qi. Chinese Herbal Formulas may be enough to clear the virus. But if these measures are not sufficient, you need to go to the hospital to obtain the support for your lungs.


Spring is a wonderful time of year. Focus on gardening, walking in the parks, and positive activities like a nice Spring Cleaning of your living space. A simple life is truly a good life. Avoid all the bells and whistles of wasteful entertainment and consumption of needless goods which are poisoning our planet and make corporations as powerful as nations. Watch the birds, the squirrels, the clouds, the stars, the trees dancing in the breeze, the insects buzzing and count your blessings.


Tis a Gift to be Simple, ‘Tis a Gift to be Free, ‘Tis a Gift to come down where we aught to be!

The care I have received at Ráven's clinic has made an almost unbearable situation bearable and allowed me to hold a job and continue on with my life. She and her staff work with you at any time you need them. They are amazing.

    Frances Cole