A Way Forward Retreat October 18th-20th

Are you tired of repeating the same patterns?

Of following the same deeply worn paths that lead to familiar, unsatisfactory outcomes?

Then come find the breakthrough you’ve been looking for at A Way Forward Retreat: October 18th-20th

$500 for the weekend, $325 with scholarship

call us (301) 219-4453 or email us at rbrown@knottedrootacupcunture.com to apply


only three spots left- act now to secure your place

click here to learn more about A Way Forward retreats


Feed a fever

Here are some things that have been keeping us warm with the sudden drop in temperature-

ginger foot soaks: cut up a ginger rhizome, boil it in water for about 15 minutes to a half hour and use it to soak your feet. This can help improve circulation if you have pain, neuropathy, or just plain cold feet. It can also help chase out a chill to prevent you from getting sick.

ginger tea: grate 1/2 inch of ginger in hot water with honey to help get warm after being in the cold (also works for nausea and morning sickness). If you can’t handle the hassle, you can get ginger honey crystal packets (pictured below)- this one has ginseng in it, too.

gypsy cold care with yarrow tincture: traditional medicinals sells a great warming tea (pictured below) that has warming western herbs (hyssop and yarrow) to chase out a chill. I use a dropper full of yarrow tincture (pictured above) in pseudo hot toddy fashion for stronger effect.

contact Knotted Root for more herbal advice or thoughts on how you can weather the weather

Self treatment for pain

Another topic for our series on self treatment: PAIN
This week we have had some no needle challenges- patients with severe musculoskeletal issues who could tolerate no needles whatsoever or just one or two. This has caused us to dig deep into non-needle options and why not share these with you, after all?

So, here is a foray into the world of topical herbs:

Zheng gu shui (red box): topical liniment, strong blood moving herbs for sprain, strain, tendonitis, torticollis, etc. Has camphor, a cooling herb to treat inflammation.
Don’t touch your eyes after you have applied this! I have done it and it HURTS.

Blue poppy medicated sports oil: blood moving herbs, more warming than zheng gu shui, promotes circulation but not really for inflammation. Used for bodywork or self treatment.

Old friends farm ginger juniper oil: smells nice, ginger warms muscles promoting circulation. Not as strong as the others but perhaps more soothing.

Zum dragon blood salve: my favorite for gua sha or just rubbing into a sore muscle. Warming and moving. Smells great, very pleasing consistency and easy to work with.

Spring wind herbal plaster # 4: Used for acute injury such as sprains, fractures, contusions. Swelling and heat are present. Very strong treatment with herbs to move blood and reduce inflammation.

Which brings us to the herbal patches:

Huo Tuo medicated plaster (yellow box) can be applied to all manner or chronic injuries or pain, easy to use. Especially good if your pain disrupts sleep.

Yunnan Bai yao patches (white box) used in a similar way but has stronger cooling action if you injury has strong heat/inflammation component or is soothed by cold.

As with any new topical treatment, test a small amount on one area of your body before applying more liberally.

Best of luck using these on your own or if you just can’t get enough contact Knotted Root for more treatment

Knotted Root at the Hungry Ghost 6/29

Knotted Root will be presenting as part of the Herbalism in the Pioneer Valley– a free workshop series open to the public.

The talk-

Chinese Herbs in the Wider World

About the movement of the seasons- how the nature of qi changes, how our bodies respond, and what herbs can help us tune in.

The series-

From June first to the end of August at the garden in front of Hungry Ghost Bakery, from 5:30-6:30 Friday evenings.

This series and the medicinal garden & amphitheater are presented by Local Harmony, a local non-profit dedicated to growing gardens, the environment, and community.

List of presenters:

6/15 ChrisMarano; Local Harmony, Leverett

6/22 Blanche Derby; Northampton

6/29 Rebecca Brown; Knotted Root, Greenfield

7/6 Tony(a) Lemos; Blazing Star Herbal School, Ashfield

7/13 Leslie Chaison/ AvivaRabins; People’s Medicine Project, Greenfield

7/20 Alex Dorr; Mushroom Revival, South Deerfield

7/27 Abby Ferla; Foxtrot Herb Farm, Ashfield

8/3 Bonnie Bloom; Blue Crow Botanical, Gill

8/10 Chris Marano; Clearpath Herbals, Wendell

8/17 Dori Midnight; Northampton

8/24 Chelynn Tetreault; Little Lotus Ayurveda, Northampton

8/31 Alli Jukiro; DobraTea, Northampton