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Plant Feature | Hawthorn | Crataegus spp.

Hawthorn is a notorious cardiac tonic that acts on the heart both physically and energetically. Hawthorn’s bountiful medicine comes in the form of leaves, flowers, and berries. Known to have supportive and protective qualities, its name, Crataegus, is derived from the Greek word kratos, meaning strength. With cardiovascular disease and heart failure on the rise …

Plant Feature | Hops | Humulus lupulus

Hops is one of the most commonly consumed medicinal herbs. As an important ingredient in beloved beer, hops is utilized for it flavouring, preserving, and relaxing medicinal qualities by brewers and herbalists alike. As the first of many plant features on the Pacific Rim blog, continue reading to learn about hops and how you can …

Homeopathy for Horses

This January on Pender Island, there was a little notice in the Pender Post about horses who had been rescued by two caring women, Mae Moore and Tracy Calvert. I (Shoshana Scott) got involved because I had seen the horses – a white horse, Panache, and a black pony, Starbuck – arrive in a muddy …

Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada

Did you know there are up to 10,000 species of fungi in British Columbia? Are you curious about medicinal mushrooms for personal or clinical use? Pacific Rim College invites you to explore the Kingdom Fungi with renowned herbalist and mycologist Robert Rogers. This workshop includes both in-classroom learning and an educational journey in the forest …

An Introductions to Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

There are many models of pulse diagnosis practiced within East Asian Medicine. Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis (CCPD) employs a 3-depth model, as such; it incorporates earlier models from the Nei Jing, Li Shi Zhen, and Zhang Jie Bing. Brandt Stickley, Visiting Faculty member at Pacific Rim College, is an Assistant Professor in the College of …

PRC President named one of Canada’s Top Health Influencers

Pacific Rim College founder and president Todd Howard was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Health Influencers by Optimyz Magazine! A feature on all those recognized is in the current newsstand copy of Optimyz Magazine. Congratulations to all!

Burdock: weed or medicine?

Burdock (Arctium lappa), also known as Beggar’s Buttons, Cocklebur or Niu Bang Zi, is a common weed plant found in North America, Europe and Asia. Its botanical name is derived from the Greek arktos, or bear, suggesting rough-coated fruits, and lappa, to seize. It is a substantial biennial plant reaching 1.5m in height with very large …

The Fallacy of RICE

by Todd Howard For more than a decade I have maintained the position – to patients and audiences – that the typical RICE prescription (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) for physical injuries is not only counter-intuitive but also harmful to the healing process. During my university studies, as both a varsity athlete and an Exercise …

What Is A Doula?

A Doula is a person who assists women before, during and after labour by providing emotional and physical support and information to both the labouring mother and her family. The word doula stems from the ancient Greek word for “someone who serves”. The service a Doula provides includes emotional support such as encouragement, providing recommendations …

PRC Helps Catalyze Local Upcycler

As a result of being a participating sponsor at the 2013 Living the New Economy (LNE) event in Victoria, Pacific Rim College president Todd Howard met Andrew MacDonald, visionary founder of the upstart upcycler Hammer and Tidy. Soon after the event, the college hired Andrew to help with some projects for a new wing that …