Fighting with allergy: From Journalist to Herbalist
Erica Kuo,MA, RH(AHG)
Master Gardener, Certified Aromatherapist
the President of the Chinese Chapter AHG
Board member of AHG Council(2019-2020)
I graduated from MA in Communication Studies at University of Leeds in the UK. I am a Registered Herbalist (AHG). Before I became a herbalist,I worked as a healthcare and medical journalist for 8 years. Furthermore I worked at NGO to promote health awareness and empower people to get wellness. On the
contrary, I have had skin allergy problem since over 20 years ago. My allergy experience included burning like lesion after using cosmetics produced and supervised by dermatologists. I had ever been diagnosed as suspected SLE ( systemic lupus erythematosus) but the diagnosis is incorrect. Steroid was prescribed by doctors and I used it for over one month but the response was poor.
So I began to learn how to use herbs and got benefit from these experiences with more confidence. I keep applying herbs, essential oil and hydrosol on my family .We maintain our health to avoid using large, unnessary western medicine for over 10 years.
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 I 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. I not only focus on the properties of herbs but also on herbs safety and interaction with medicine,
Chinese Herbs and supplements.
I 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 8 years. And also I hold have Wolrd Herb Day activity to educate people the importance of Mother Earth.
Erica Kuo,MA, RH(AHG) ,Master Gardener, Certified Aromatherapist, 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)