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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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  • 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!

  • Brien
    Posted at 20:42h, 15 February Reply

    This website has very useful and comprehensive information, and well beyond the more superficial information of other sites. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 18:38h, 01 December Reply

      You are welcome!

  • Jeanne Green
    Posted at 00:00h, 26 July Reply

    Thank you Peter ! Your passion for the subject radiates through all your articles and post replies. I loved how you created a report on acupuncture at 12. At 8 I was the youngest kid my school ever enrolled in 6 month long class, 5 hours each Wednesday afternoon. BS in biology. So fun, as herbs are such an amazing healing smorgasbord. My husband loves when I mix liniments for occasional athletic injuries of his. Will visit your site with him., and hopefully take a class together.

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 17:59h, 07 September Reply

      Thanks, Jeanne!

    • Peter Borten
      Posted at 18:38h, 01 December Reply

      Thanks, Jeanne! Glad you share my passion.
      Take care,

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