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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Loving Life and Chong Mai

Last night I arrived home after a really lovely two days visiting friends at the beach in South Carolina. It was a treat to travel just for the sheer enjoyment of friendship. When I landed in New York I turned on my phone to type “landed 💕,” which is our custom, only to see a

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The Answer Lurks

An interesting question came in this week:  “I‘ve been working with a client who for years has had a stubborn vaginal yeast infection. Her legs always feel icy cold to her, but not to the touch, and they’re so cold that while driving she has to pull over to nap. Her tongue is red all

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A Case Study in the Luo Channels

Reprinted from The Golden Flower Newsletter, 2014.  My favorite chapter of the Ling Shu is certainly chapter 22. In those remarkable passages we read of a highly sophisticated system of channels that treat any condition related to Blood or Fluids. Of particular interest to me is the Blood because it is the Blood that contains

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Respect For A Lineage 

by Andrew Sterman A few colleague-students have recently asked about lineage in our medicine and related practices.  How do we work within a lineage, and what are the healthy ways to say where we’re from? We need to understand that as Westerners we’re not very good at understanding tradition.  We suffer from the “cult of

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The Sophistication of Not Knowing

This week I received another surprising email from an experienced practitioner looking for definitive answers to specific questions. If you find that you are studying in order to put more and more questions to rest, you will not be able to treat in the moment; you won’t be treating the individual in their unique humanity—you

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Professional Confusion

Can I combine what you teach with my current practice? This good question is sometimes asked by prospective students.At first I always wonder why the practitioner wants to change their mode of practice after so much study and personal investment. Perhaps they feel that their style of practice has limitations and that a different practice

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