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Sperb’s Herbs Ep. 12 – Melaleuca Cajuputi (Paperbark)

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Melaleuca Cajuputi, commonly known as Paperbark, is an herb used by many Aboriginal people in Australia. Generally used for pain and congestion in respiratory infections, we will be looking at the traditional uses and modern science of this interesting herb as well as something fascinating about the cultures that use it. Dr. Sperber lived in […]

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Sperb’s Herbs Ep.10 – Da Suan (Garlic)

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This episode covers a Chinese herb and one of the most widely used culinary powerhouses: da suan or garlic. We will be exploring the healing properties as well as some of the cautions of the “stinky rose.” There may be a mention of vampires, though we will be spending some time on how to make […]

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Sperb’s Herbs Ep. 8 – Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic Medicine. Sometimes referred to as “Indian ginseng” in the West, it is often referred to as an adaptogen, just like its Asian and American ginseng counterparts. In simple terms, this means it is used as a general tonic and the body “adapts” it to what […]

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Sperb’s Herbs Ep. 4 – Kava-Kava

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Kava-Kava, also known as just Kava, has very interesting herbal properties, but is also culturally very important as a medicine, an intoxicant,  and for religious, political, and social purposes. It’s pharmacology has been well studied. And it has been shown to have liver toxicities. Is this herb useful medicinally? Does its benefits outweigh its risks? […]

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Sperbs Herbs Ep 3 – Sha Ren

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Shā Rén, one of the cardamoms, is one of my favorite herbs, for many reasons. Besides being one of the best tasting herbs, it’s actions speak to me by helping to treat dampness and strengthen the spleen. While not necessarily an “A” list herb, please join us as we explore it. Approved for both California Acupuncture […]