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    Scott Stuart

    ABOUT SCOTT STUART: Scott is the ACHS Herbal Medicine Department Chair and teaches herbal studies at American College of Healthcare Sciences. His love of herbal medicine, Chinese martial arts, and Taoist philosophy called him to change careers from journalism and photography to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Scott has completed a four-year Master's program in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Scott is a former Vice President of The Clackamas Center for Traditional Medicine (CCTM).
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    Sep 24, 2020 11:30:00 AM

    Choosing a Mortar and Pestle |

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    Mortar and Pestles were described in the Ebers papyrus from Ancient Egypt - dating back to 1550 BC. It is the oldest preserved piece of medical literature discovered. It is estimated that mortar and pestles were used for 6,000...

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    Jul 14, 2020 12:00:00 PM

    What Is Forest Bathing? |


    Forest Bathing

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    Sep 20, 2018 9:42:13 AM

    11 Must-Read Herbal Books |

    I love books. It’s a passion I learned from my mother who was never without a book to read.

    When I was a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and about to graduate, a teacher said, “If ten years after graduating, you only have the books you...

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    Aug 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM

    How to Use More Herbs and Less Salt: An Herbalist Weighs In | ACHS

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    I love a salty snack. And if it’s cheesy and crunchy… I love it even more!

    I know salt does not love me back. Most of us are aware of the warnings of too much salt. But is it all that bad? YES!...

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    Aug 10, 2018 11:32:53 AM

    The Tale of David Douglas |

    How One Botanist Changed the World: The Tale of David Douglas

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    The 18th and 19th centuries saw an explosion of invention and innovation in medicine, engineering, chemistry, and the sciences. 

    Perhaps lesser...

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    Aug 17, 2017 9:25:41 AM

    How to Enjoy a Total Solar Eclipse Safely

    How to Enjoy a Total Solar Eclipse Safely

    On April 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the sun will pass over the contiguous United States. A total solar eclipse is rare and occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking out the sun...

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    Feb 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

    Why Latin Binomials are Important for Herbs |

    What’s in a Name? Why Latin Binomials are Important

    As every ACHS student of herbalism quickly learns, the use of Latin terminology in herbalism is essential. Common names for an herb may be used for several quite different herbs. The only way to...


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