Lately, so many people have been asking me for holistic health solutions that it’s time to give you a proper introduction to my Chinese medicine go-to guy, Jeffrey Yuen.
More than two decades ago, I met Jeffrey in Chinatown and started taking his classes. Today, he’s a great family friend who still constantly inspires me. Thanks to him, I have more natural, loving ways to care for my daughter, myself and even our pets. I’ve also shared much of what I’ve learned with friends and they’ve benefited too. :)
When Jeffrey first introduced me to Classical Chinese medicine, I was riveted. His teachings went completely against the pill-popping conventional Western approach that I was raised with. Stick with him and you’ll learn stuff long before it gets trendy. Essential oil therapy? He was on it ages ago. In fact, he was talking sugar-free, gluten-free eating DECADES before these buzzwords became fashionable.
Today, Jeffrey is a leading expert on Classical Chinese medicine and acupuncture. A Taoist priest by calling, he has absolutely ZERO interest in being a celebrity healer and doesn’t take patients. Instead, teaching others is his mission. But you can still connect with Jeffrey in four ways…
What to eat: If you like, you can download a pdf of Jeffrey Yuen’s food list. You’ll notice that it excludes or limits certain items that are basic to the typical American diet. For example, Jeffrey recommends against tropical fruit, wheat, yogurt and Idaho baked potatoes. But veggies like super-dark leafy greens get his blessing big-time.
Who to see: You will hear many people claim to be students of Jeffrey Yuen. But some of them have only taken a few classes here and there. If you want find an acupuncturist or herbalist who has REALLY studied with him, then go to StudentsOfJeffreyYuen.com. The website was set up by a select panel of former students and they have vetted every person listed. No wannabees, no fakers.
More names are continually being added to the website. At the moment, you will find a directory of 70 practitioners who are based in five countries: The United States, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Jamaica. Many of the students also have other specialities. So if you’re on meds, you might prefer a Jeffrey student who is a physician trained in conventional Western medicine — someone who can talk pharmaceuticals with you.
Where to learn more: Jeffrey has a website, JadePurityFoundation,org that provides info on his classes, lectures and more. Most of what’s offered is hard-core material that delights acupuncturists, herbalists and physicians.
What to read: This last suggestion is from me, not Jeffrey. When I first met him, there was so much to learn. Eventually, I was taking some of his classes and reading the heavy-duty texts. I even served on the New York State Board of Acupuncture (2002-2007). But in the very beginning, the one book that really grounded me was Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold. It’s written in nice, clear, readable English. And the content is riveting.
In the past, I’ve mentioned Jeffrey on this blog in connection with his food list. One post was about how his dietary recommendations helped clear up my various skin issues — from dry skin and adult acne to seemingly random rashes. Another post explained how the regimen was also effective in dealing with my allergies. As for this post? It’s here to give you a quick and easy place to get all the relevant links. :)Pin It