As a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist I often see a level of disconnect when using herbal medicine to treat modern day patients. The world is moving at a fast pace and a growing number of patients are not only looking for effective treatments but less time consuming and efficient treatments that are readily accessible to them at all times. With Silkie Herbs Ann has cracked the code. The modular aspect of her treatment system allows easy and quick adjustments for the patient’s ever-changing condition through a simple call or message to the herbalist. Giving the patient the ability to adapt their prescription on the fly not only gives them a sense of control over their own condition but the direct line of communication often gives them a connection to the practitioner that is often lacking in modern medicine. Training under Ann the past year has been an enlightening experience. Her vast experience is unparalleled and she encourages you to pick her brain with open arms. She not only guided me through the learning process but constantly pushes me to think outside the box. I have not only significantly improved by diagnostic and herbal medicine knowledge but my ability to communicate and educate patients has been greatly strengthened. Every day I am still learning new subtleties in cases ranging from the ordinary to the unfamiliar. I could not ask for a better mentor and friend.
Dr. Mickey Nguyen, Herbalist and Acupuncturist, DC L.Ac
Growing up in China, trained in both Western and Chinese concepts of medicine, I practiced as a MD back in China for years until I moved to the States that I started focusing on treating patients solely on TCM philosophies. After 20 years of study, I feel I am still in the process of grasping the essence of TCM. Until I met Ann, how she approaches patients and understands the human body and the inter-relationships with Nature and Food enlightens my whole system of deciphering how Chinese herbs work wonder. Her way of teaching is to use plain and simple language, daily life analogies to educate patients about their lifestyles, habits, food choices, to help them understand how their body works, and to address the issues through herbal formulas simultaneously balancing functions of upper, middle, and lower sections of crucial internal organs to achieve the optimal health, which each and every one deserves. I see the art and beauty of practicing TCM in this very traditional way, passed on 5th generations of wisdom, and after taking her training I am honored and grateful that I am part of the Loshi team to pass this gem to my students and patients.
Dr. Hui Hwang, L.Ac, DAOM, Dipl. OM