Back in the mid to late 1970’s I simultaneously began an internship with a veterinary acupuncturist and was introduced to Native American herbalism.
One of Dr. Saum’s clients was Mr. Hatathli, a rancher and Roadman for the Native American Church, who would trailer his ponies from the reservation to the clinic several times a year. He would be at the clinic all day on those occasions and he and Doc would talk ‘horse and people medicine.’
It was amazing listening to the interplay of ideas and explanations from these two healers while trying to digest the finer points of each system of medicine. I was in college at the time studying biology and botany among other things so I got Doc’s points of reference a little more clearly than those of Mr. Hatathli.
Sometimes after having talked about the healing properties of a specific herb or compound, Mr. Hatathli would later send a packet to Doc for him to try out and the vet was pretty good about using the medicine on his own and then other client’s animals always with the results as intended.
From that time forward I became increasingly fascinated in herbal medicine and studied North American and European herbal remedies. I made a pest of myself at local botanicas and pharmacias trying to find out from the curanderos the indigenous uses of various herbs of the southwest. I even had a pre-internet mail order herbal business for a number of years advertising in Herbalgram and Mother Earth News.
Throughout my studies I often came upon references to Asian herbology but at that time there were zero comprehensive English language publications on the subject. The more I heard about the Asian herbs and protocols the more fascinated I became and in the early ‘90’s I decided to find a teacher. Predicament number one was I did not speak or read any Asian language; problem number two was that at the time I was living in Tallahassee Florida and there was no substantive Asian community as a resource. I figured a more formal approach might be called for so I began contacting Asian medical schools around the US. At that time there were few colleges of oriental medicine/acupuncture and fewer still that taught traditional Asian herbology, but all of the schools that I contacted told me that if I was in Florida I should check out Dr. Su Liang Ku’s school in St. Petersburg. The Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine offered two tiers of education, acupuncture and herbal medicine. But when I inquired about taking the herbal medicine courses alone and Dr. Ku found out about my previous acupuncture training, he insisted that I take the entire course in TCM.
After graduation I moved back to Arizona and set up practice in Scottsdale. During that time I began to develop Earth-Wind Botanicals which embody my blend of North American, European and Asian herbal medical philosophies.
In ‘98 I was invited to teach at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture where I eventually also became Dean of Curriculum. My teaching duties included courses in TCM theory, advanced acupuncture and herbal medicine. During my tenure a number of my students found my surname impossible to pronounce (go figure), and instead called me “Professor K”. The appellation stuck and students and patients have been calling me that ever since.
Our Earth-Wind Botanicals line of formulas include herbal medicines that I custom create for my patients, and I label those custom formulations ‘Prof K’.
Whether I see you in person or we utilize telemedicine I can ascertain your botanical needs and custom compound a formula to fit your specific health requirements. You can visit our Store to see the Earth-Wind Botanicals line up and if you are interested in a custom compounded formula contact me and we can set up an in person or telemedicine appointment.
Yours in good health,