The Difference Between Tonifying and Strengthening

Qi Flow

The Difference Between Tonifying and Strengthening Herbs In Traditional (TCM) and classic Chinese medicine, Some herbs are used to tonify and some herbs are used to strengthen. To the casual ear, these two actions seems like synonyms: two words with the same definition. But while both can be used to enhance Qi (and even Jing), they are two separate words, … Read More

Interview on Male Reproductive Health

male reproductive health

Recently I had the pleasure of an extended conversation/interview on the subject of male reproductive health with Casey Inman. While we focused on talking about some of the major trends in male reproductive health, the conversation was pleasantly tangential as well. If you’re interested in learning more about the work we do at RAW Forest Foods and the particular take … Read More

Is Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) Anti-androgenic?

Ganoderma lucidum

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is regarded as one of the most important tonic herbs known. Reishi is also one of my personal favorite herbs: everything from its lore, to its beauty, to its medicinal and tonic effects, completely and utterly captivates me. There is magic in mushrooms, and there is a lot of magic in Reishi. Sometimes people are confused that … Read More

Understanding Tinctures

Making tinctures

Understanding Tinctures Tinctures are one of the most popular methods used to consume plants as herbal medicine. In fact, the first herbal preparation I ever bought and took was a tincture (feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, used to prevent migraine headaches) almost 20 years ago. There are very compelling reasons to use tinctures, but for the most part, I find that tinctures … Read More

Where does your Pine Pollen Come From?

Pine Forests in NW Yunnan

Where does your pine pollen come from? I like this question, and I always appreciate when a customer asks it. Below, I am going to explore where our pine pollen comes from, with a few pictures of the actual pine pollen harvest. So where does our–RAW Forest Foods–pine pollen come from? Our pine pollen is gathered in the Yunnan Province … Read More

Understanding Estrogen Detoxification

Liver Diagram

It took about two years to develop our estrogen detoxification product, Estrogen Detox. Why did it take us so long? Well, good things take time. Why did we develop Estrogen Detox when there are already several “estrogen detoxification” products on the market, and Diindolylmethane (DIM) (an active ingredient in many of the products) is readily available at the health food store? … Read More

Men, Health and Low Estrogen? Short Analysis

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

In the past few days we’ve seen numerous articles populate the major media outlets (NY Times, LA Times) questioning the different connections between low testosterone, low estrogen, and men’s health. While this information is, for many, confusing, it is also completely short-sided and rather misleading. For men with low testosterone and high levels of estrogen–or anyone with estrogen dominance–these articles … Read More

The Dairy, Gluten, and Estrogen Link

The Estrogen - Dairy - Gluten Connection

One hundred years ago none of this mattered. We had other, severely life threatening, concerns to worry about. Antibiotics, hand washing, clean water, and wealth has taken care of most of those concerns. But today we have new threats to our health, and I’d argue, one of those major threats in the prevalence of hormone mimickers in our environment and, … Read More