Benjamin’s Background and Bio
Benjamin is an herbalist with over 15 years of experience and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of California. He utilizes his training in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions along with modern medical perspectives on herbs and nutritional healing to his work with clients. Benjamin’s training includes a 4 year apprenticeship with Micheal Tierra, studies at Five Branches Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and studies at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Canonical Chinese Herbal Medicine with Arnaud Versluys.
In addition to his private practice, Benjamin has held a position as assistant professor and clinical supervisor at Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz teaching Internal Medicine and Dietetics. For four years Ben co-directed the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, offering professional training in Western and Chinese herbal medicine. He is also on the faculty of the East/West School of Herbology.
Benjamin has gained an integrative perspective working with the complex health issues in number of contexts. For five years he worked with autistic and severely disables young adults and children. He provided acupuncture and herbal support at a client resource center for adults living with mental health conditions. Benjamin currently provides Chinese medical care to patients living at Providence House in Oakland, a low-income supportive housing program serving persons with disabling HIV, AIDS and other physical disabilities.
For the past 15 years Benjamin has been developing his skills as a medicine maker and currently runs Five Flavors Herbs with his wife Ingrid. They manufacture approximately 200 single herb extracts for clinical use by health care professionals. Ben and Ingrid harvest a significant portion of the herbs used for processing in the wild and from local Bay Area farms!