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Fighting with allergy: From Journalist to Herbalist

Erica Kuo,MA, RH(AHG)

Master Gardener, Certified Aromatherapist (NAHA)

the President of the Chinese Chapter AHG

Board member of AHG Council(2019-2020)


She graduated from University of Leeds in the UK with the degree of MA in Communication Studies. She is the first American Registered Herbalist (AHG) in Taiwan and China.Before becoming a herbalist ,she has been working over 17 past years in medical media and NGO, and she loves to promote healthcare and empower people to get healthy wellness in daily life. She has had more than 100 Lectures in communities and schools such as Intel Taiwan, L'Occitane en Provence,J.P.Morgan Mutual Fund,The Deaf NGO ,High Tech company for the  past 10 years to propagate herbal care. She held World Herb Day activity to educate people the importance of Mother Earth. She is the founder of Rosemary Garden Herbalism and Aromatherapy education center. She never stops studying and living herbs is the part of her daily practice and her passion for the plants is long lasting.

With enthusiasm, dedication to advocating and sharing of phototherapy, she is passionate to apply her expertise of herbal care to integrate all kind of holistic therapies such as herbalism, hydrosol, aromatherapy to empower community with natural healing ability.

Once she have had skin allergy problem since over 20 years ago. Her allergy experience included burning like lesion after using cosmetics produced and supervised by dermatologists. She had ever been diagnosed as suspected SLE ( systemic lupus erythematosus) but the diagnosis is incorrect. Steroid was prescribed by doctors and she used it for over one month but the response was poor.

So She began to learn how to use herbs and got benefit from these experiences with more confidence. With keep applying  herbs, essential oil and hydrosol on her family , her family maintain our health to avoid overusing  large, unnecessary western medicine for over 10 years.

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Because Chinese are fond of Chinese medicine and there exists a five-element theory. In Taiwan, the Chinese medicine is imported from China. Majority of Chinese medicine without organic certified consists of heavy metal and pesticides, which can result in chronic renal failure. Chinese are used to take medication and
the average amount of medication Taiwanese taken is 7 times the amount of Americans.

In Chinese society, although most folks are not familiar to west herbs she wish to apply the concept of self healing to let Chinese understand western herbal formula, and method of healthcare to decrease the medication Taiwanese taken. she not only focus on the properties of herbs but also on herbs safety and interaction with medicine,
Chinese Herbs and supplements.

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She had more than 100 Lectures in communities and school such as for  Intel, L'Occitane en Provence,J.P.Morgan Mutual Fund,The Deaf NGO ,High Tech company for the  past 10 years. And also she hold have World Herb Day activity to educate people the importance of Mother Earth. 


  • Erica Kuo,MA, RH(AHG) ,Master Gardener, Certified Aromatherapist(NAHA), is the President of the Chinese Chapter, Board member of AHG Council(2019-2020)

  • BA in Journalism at Chinese Culture University , Taiwan(1989-1993)

  • MA in Communication Studies at University of Leeds, UK(2000-2001)

  • Certificate by Foundations of Herbalism USA (2016)

  • Advance clinical aromatherapy residential class in Provence, France by hold by Rhiannon Lewis (July 13-July 21 2017)

  • Advanced Certificate by Essential oil Chemistry and Pharmacology: the actions of aromatic compounds in the body by Robert Tisserand UK (June 13-June 14 2015)

  • Certificate Level 1 by Hands on Distillation training on Alembic Stills hold by Ann Harman USA (July 11-July 13 2014)

  • Certificate by Penn Foster Herbal Studies USA (2013)

  • Certificate by Master Gardener at Montana State University and Department of Agriculture USA ( 2012)

  • Certificate by Nonprofit Management Portland State University USA Aug-Sep. 2009, granted from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (Taiwan)

 Media and community service

Media and community service


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