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About Dr. Peter

Dr. Peter Borten became interested in natural medicine at a young age, writing his first report on acupuncture at age 12, counseling friends in high school, and shopping the witchcraft stores of Salem for medicinal herbs as a teenager. He earned his bachelor’s degree in botany at UMass Amherst, and then he moved to Portland to embark on a healing career that would include all of his interests. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) – which encompasses herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, qi gong, and psychology – he found what he was looking for.

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  • Over the past several weeks, I’ve been discussing the 14 primary themes in our book, Rituals for Transformation. It’s a 108-day process with a short lesson each day, designed to help people release ba...

  • As I explained last week, a few years ago Briana started writing a book that directly speaks about spirituality and the awakening of human consciousness. I like the word awakening because the conditio...

  • As a teenager I spent a lot of time in the tunnels of Boston’s subway system. They were brightly tiled in red, blue, green, and orange, and there was a smell that I’ll never forget – not terrible, not...

  • Don’t deprive the world of your warmth and light! How can you share your acceptance and love with those around you? Let us know in the comments below!...

  • Being the parent of an adolescent is a fascinating thing. I get to watch someone begin to consciously shape her identity, and I’m often reminded of how that process went for me. We make choices that a...

  • In last week’s article on the origins of Mother’s Day, I mentioned connecting with the earth as a means of feeling supported in a motherly way. This week I’ll explain more about that earth/mother conn...

  • In the past two weeks, I wrote about what I consider to be the basic principles of a cleanse. This week I’ll discuss a few additional practices that can further promote clean spaciousness of the body ...

  • In early scientific experiments, scientists would give a drug to a group of test subjects and then report, for instance, that “70% of the participants improved due to this drug.” But some smarty point...

  • In this video, Dr. Peter Borten explains the basics of Body Centered Releasing, and the powerfully positive effect this practice can have on your life. Learning to use your body to make peace with inn...

  • jeanne
    Posted at 19:41h, 30 January Reply

    Dr Borten, I loved your discussion with Marc David on The Future of Nutrition. This was the first time that I really began to understand TCM. I immediately went to your website to read more about the expanded view of the digestive organs and organs in general but did not locate a file that focused on this. Could you please direct me to more info on this? Is there a book you would recommend (sure wish you had written one:)) that a lay person could read about this?
    I have been dealing with SIBO and would like to make a more holistic connection here regarding all the digestive organs and my life.
    Thanks so much for your help.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 20:13h, 14 May Reply

      Hi Jeanne,
      Sorry for not responding sooner. I just discovered your comment. (The site doesn’t notify if people comment and I hadn’t scrolled down on this page until now.) I have written a book on this stuff, but it’s still being edited. Meanwhile, much of this material – expanded views of the digestive organs – is available through my online course:
      Also, if you look through the nutrition-related articles on this site, I do touch on it here and there (though, admittedly, not in great detail).
      Be well.

  • Eric
    Posted at 14:20h, 05 May Reply

    Nice site! Keep up the good work.

    Posted at 02:18h, 25 May Reply

    HI : PETER:

    I saw your note on Gotu Kola with He shou wu….Gotu Kola is my favorite cooling herb to counteract stress, spicy food, and warm & energetic herb like shu di huang & He SHou wu, Huang qi, Cordycep. It is a soft drink/smoothie in Asia but they add too much sugar. It seem the Gotu Kola come in 2 name Pang da wan (mayway) or Ji Xue cao. I herb from Health Concern that it cool liver fire, and prevent nervous break down.

    Take Care.

  • Dhara
    Posted at 15:36h, 21 July Reply

    I liked your articles and they have been written in a way to make it easier to understand a situation. Thank you!

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