There are many reasons as to why Chinese Medicine has stuck around for over 3,000 years- before the renaissance and yes even before the English language. One of the many reasons is due to the elegance and sophistication of its herbal medicine. While there are over 450 herbs included in a Chinese pharmacy, around 300 of them are most common. Being a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, let me tell you- experiencing such a pharmacy is inexplicably captivating. Wafting smells of dried flowers, plants, minerals, shells, bones, roots, stems, leaves and berries stimulate the senses in the most surreal of ways. It’s as if one were inhaling the test of time. From deep browns of earth and ash to the golden musk of forest and resin, it is almost impossible to inhale these treasures and not feel their powers. Perhaps it is because I am an herbalist by nature……but I swear these things have a life of their own.