Chinese Medicine Practitioner Reflects on Covid-19



Permaculture teacher Marco Lam has inspired design students for 20 years. Based in Daoism, he has practiced Chinese acupuncture and herbalism for as long. In Daoist medicine, human healing can only take place in respectful connection with a healthy natural world. Permaculture strategies can help restore the health of the land and in so doing, the health of the human. From this perspective, Marco reflects on the current covid-19 pandemic. 

For starters, what are you doing right now that the clinic is closed? 

An inspired permaculturist asked me and my family to move to and practice permaculture at a 700 acre farm outside of Steamboat at 7,000 ft. (in the Colorado Rockies.) It's an incredibly wonderful high alpine environment . There’s a lot we can do. I’d like to do regenerative grazing to help build soil health. But first-- there’s a permaculture principle which says: do long, protracted observation; observe your land for a year before designing.  Listen, ask questions, be curious. 

Will you grow Chinese medicine herbs?

Likely. There’s a medicine in working with the fresh herbs--from planting to growing to harvesting to processing. And you can do so much more with bulk herbs than with a processed product.  Many in the Chinese medicine field have never seen the living plants that they prescribe on a daily basis.  It changes how you practice medicine once you are more in relationship with the plant medicine itself.

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