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  • November 22, 2017 by Dana Yates.

    As we come into the Thanksgiving holiday, at Bamboo Pharmacy we like to try new recipes that incorporate superfoods! While the superfood label is still under debate, we consider anything with at least 8 documented health benefits pretty darn super. So what's super about Goji Berries?

    Known in traditional Chinese medicine as Gou Qi Zi and casually called Wolfberries, you may compare the Goji berry to a cross between a cranberry and grape. The Goji has the tartness and beautiful red color of a cranberry, but is slightly sweeter like a grape. When dried, they look very similar to craisins.

    Inside the Goji you will find vitamin C, fiber, iron, vitamin A (lots of it!), zinc, and antioxidants. But if that's not enough, these berries contain all 8 essential amino acids. And a 4 ounce serving provides nearly 10% of your daily protein requirement. That's a lot of protein for a fruit!

    There has been a lot of hype around Goji berries in the last few years regarding supporting a healthy immune system, their weight-loss benefits as a healthy snack option, and the antioxidant benefits for the eyes and skin. But for thousands of years, the Chinese have been using Goji berries for eye health and supporting healthy liver and kidney function. Perhaps they've known much longer than their western neighbors that Goji berries in the diet are a great addition.

    If you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor first before adding Goji berries into your diet. There have been some studies showing that the powerful Goji may support improved blood circulation, help the body regulate blood sugar, and they have not been proven safe during pregnancy or while breast feeding. But for some, these cautions are actually health benefits! As with most healthy food options, they are generally considered safe for most people.

    So how can you incorporate Goji berries into your diet? We've included a delicious Apple-Goji Pie recipe below. And since you will typically find them dried in the U.S., merging Goji as you would raisins into your diet is your easiest option. Here are some ideas:

    • Add a handful of berries into your smoothie
    • Put some on top of your yogurt
    • Mix them into your cereal
    • Stir them into your oatmeal
    • Infuse them into your tea or water
    • Cook them with lean pork or turkey to add a savory sweetness

    We hope you enjoy much health success with your new Goji health tips! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Apple-Goji Pie Recipe


    • 1 cup dried Goji berries (we prefer the Plum Flower brand organic Gou Qi Zi)
    • 2/3 cup white sugar (can be substituted with granulated Monk Fruit sweetener as a reduced calorie option)
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 4 large apples (we used 2 granny smith and 2 honeycrisp) peeled and thinly sliced
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 9-inch pie crusts (one for the bottom, one for the top)


    Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, toss the Goji, sugar, flour, and spices together. Add in apples and vanilla and toss well. Place your bottom crust in a 9 inch pie pan hanging over the edge. Pour your apple filling into the crust (you may find your berries are at the bottom of the bowl - just spread them evenly across the apples). Place your top crust, seal the edges and flute. Cut small slits into the top with a knife for venting. Bake in your preheated oven for 55-60 minutes, or until apples are tender and crust is golden. Allow the pie to sit until warm but not hot before serving. Enjoy!

  • May 16, 2017 by Dana Yates.

    FINALS! Just the word can trigger a stress response for many people. Most of us have experienced some level of test anxiety in our life whether it began at an early age, kicked up in High School when preparing for college admittance exams, or in college when trying to earn the challenging A. But all of that stress can actually hinder our ability to focus on the minute details required for a successful grade.
  • December 27, 2016 by Dana Yates.

    We all get a little blue from time to time, but long-term stress or sadness can take its toll on our bodies and spirit. What’s an easy way to raise those spirits? Hug someone!
  • July 21, 2016 by Dana Yates & Katie Stoyka.

    In 2006, Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) launched their Military Stress Recovery Project with a single clinic using acupuncture to treat veterans. Ten years later, the program has grown to more than 30 affiliated clinics across the country, one of which operates just across the Bay in San Francisco under the name BAYVAC (Bay Area Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic). Bamboo Pharmacy is thrilled to be a sponsor of this unique program and we recently dropped by to see their clinic in action and to share some of our herbal formulas.
  • June 23, 2016 by Dana Yates.

    Sometimes called “chi gung” or “chi kung,” qigong is an exercise method that incorporates both moving and still meditation, massage, and even meditation using sound. Part of the 3,000-year-old traditional healing system in China, the effectiveness of qigong has benefited millions of people for thousands of years along with acupuncture and herbal formulas. As language and cultural barriers continue to fade between the East and West, our world becomes smaller and healing methods like qigong are welcomed into our part of the globe.
  • June 9, 2016 by Dana Yates.

    Summer has started a few weeks early in the San Francisco Bay Area and we feel like we’re under a heat lamp! We like to stay cool with our Berry Smoothie Popsicles. Great for adults or kids alike, these cool treats are not only tasty, they’re healthy, too! Antioxidants, Vitamin C, calcium, plus probiotics make this tasty treat too good to say no to.
  • May 17, 2016 by Dana Yates.

    We love a good cup of tea, and with the thousands of articles talking about its health benefits, what’s not to love? But with more than 3000 varieties of tea, how do you choose what’s right for you? According to legend, the story of tea began in China in 2737 BC. The Chinese herb Master Shen Nong (“Divine Farmer”) was sitting beneath a tree boiling water for drinking when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nong decided to try the accidentally created infusion, and a grand tradition was born. The tree was Camellia sinensis, from which we gather our tea leaves for the tea we drink today.
  • April 4, 2016 by Dana Yates.

    What’s so “super” about superfoods? Super FoodsWe’ve all heard the term “superfood,” but what does it really mean? What makes a food “super”? Unfortunately, there’s no legal or medically recognized definition for the term, but many nutritionists would agree that a superfood is a nutrient-packed powerhouse full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols. These foods will typically have multiple health benefits and are often low in bad fats and sugars. A cheat to help spot the nutrient packed fruits and vegetables at the grocery store?
  • December 28, 2015 by Yvonne Lau.

    Many of the herbs used in our formulas can only be sourced from China where medicinal herbs have grown naturally for thousands of years. During a recent visit to China, I had the privilege of visiting the city of Bozhou in Anhui province. Bozhou is home to arguably the largest Chinese herb market in the world, where they grow nearly 165,000 acres of herbs with 1 million people engaged in the planting, processing, and distribution of herbs. I was in Bozhou with our head herb master/buyer Mr. Zhang, who travels more than 300 days out of the year meeting with farmers, inspecting crops, and collecting herb...
  • November 23, 2015 by Katie Stoyka.

    Ginger is native to tropical Southern Asia (India? China? No one really knows!). What we do know is that it was used as a tonic for common ailments by Arabic, Indian and Asian healers as far back as 5,000 years ago, and as a cooking spice long before that. It has an exotic refreshing taste, perfect to sip in this all-natural homemade soda. This recipe is based on...

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