Free Lectures/Seminars

Ann as guest Speaker with the British Acupuncture Council
Topic: Long Covid

Recorded on December 20, 2020

Introduction to Food Energetics in Classical Chinese Medicine

Full Lecture by Andrew Sterman, Presented by China Books, Melbourne, Australia

Q&A with Ann

Divergents: DSD or SDS?

History of Classical Acupuncture

Question Time:
Cold Water

Movements of Diagnosis of the Sinew Channels

Ann Talks Needles

Grief and Coronavirus


Burn Treatment

Question Time:

Cooking with Andrew


Dit Da Jow

Rye Grain Crackers

Home Made Vanilla Extract

Walnut Soaking

Articles by Andrew Sterman

Check out these free resources by Andrew Sterman on Food as Medicine. Learn everything from structuring meals to cooking as an herbalist. Click to view them below!

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Cook As An Herbalist

Food can be our medicine, but we need real strategies to get real work done. This piece unfolds the strategies of the famous herbal formula, Preserve Harmony, by the great master Zhu Dan Xi, with ideas on how to construct meals based on its principles.

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Diet and Dampness

Dampness—the slowing of fluids including special types of weight gain--is a key affliction of modern times. Chinese medicine has much to say on this subject. Diet must always be included; here is an introduction to clearing dampness with diet.

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Herbs & Spices

Kitchen herbs are potent tools to use for health. Here is a simple guide to using familiar spices as understood in the dietary branch of Chinese medicine. A quick reference chart is included.

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In Praise of Grains

The trend of low-carbs unfairly maligns healthy grains. Mostly, damage done by carbs is done by sugar, not foods like whole rice or millet. What then are the potential benefits of healthy grains in a balanced diet, how can they be used for their energetics, beyond polemics?

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Bone Broth Finds the Spotlight

Once the secret of chefs, bone broth is now mainstream. Here are shopping instructions, recipes, explanations of the energetics of different broths, and information on when to use or avoid the different options.

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A Guide to Structuring Meals

We often hear about single foods to include or avoid, but the real art is in structuring meals, the art of food combining. Here is an introduction to making simple, nourishing and delicious meals based on fundamental principles of health and healing from the dietary branch of Chinese medicine.

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Congee and the Importance of Wet, Cooked Breakfasts

One of the strongest things we can do to transform health is to adopt wet breakfasts. Although each is different, breakfast porridges profoundly nourish yin, supporting not only the organs of digestion but also immunity and healthy hormones. Here are my instructions for making delicious congee and other breakfast porridges

Dietary Treatment for Conditions Called Wind

Of the six climatic influences of Chinese medicine (cold, heat, dampness, dryness, summer heat, and wind), the idea of wind is the most difficult to understand. It is the least tangible, the most mysterious, the furthest from modern thinking.

Blog Posts by Ann Cecil-Sterman

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Remote Treatments and Credibility – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

October 20, 2020 My job just became even more interesting. I’ve spent years teaching the very intricate art of classical acupuncture to thousands of people, with accomplished students all over the world. I’ve been mostly interested in the Complement Channels—the channels that are responsible for the unfolding of one’s path and also for the management

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Opening Up Differently – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

August 8, 2020 Even in the winter my children love to get out of their nice warm beds and walk around with no socks or slippers. About half an hour later, they complain, “Mum, my feet are freezing!” Then they hear the familiar refrain, “Were they warm in bed? Well, if you’d put socks and

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Covid and Renewal – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

July 20, 2020 All through the Covid-19 period, patients have recounted conversations and stories of mysterious aspects of the virus. Today a patient told of the previous evening spent with a friend who works for a giant health insurance company. “It was awful. He told me that people can have antibodies and two weeks later

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Racism and Acupuncture – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

June 20, 2020 Sorry to have been out of touch. It’s been very difficult to write anything since the murder of George Floyd (and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and so many more). Although there is much that warrants our thoughtful attention, everything other than racism in America seems almost frivolous. And there has been

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Can you Help me with Gratitude? – by Ann Cecil-Sterman

May 16, 2020 A patient emailed with a very interesting plea: “Hi Ann, Is your family okay? Sorry to write a sad sack email but I need your help. Spiraling down. They say this pause is teaching people to feel gratitude, but what I miss more than anything is the feeling of gratitude I had.

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