Why the name Roots and Burls?

Of all the nature metaphors I could use to describe the human body, a tree is my favorite. The leaves express symptoms that come and go, and offer a glimpse of your overall health. The branches are the symptoms that stick around a bit longer and nag you. The trunk, and its rings, bark, and burls break life down into a timeline. The roots tell the history of what is and is not being nourished (air, water, and food), kept safe (community, family, friends, i.e., emotional and physical safety), and are the keepers of history (your DNA/Jing). .

When I am working with someone, I am thinking about all of this and making an assessment about what gets nourished and pruned to help the whole being thrive. This means that I am also thinking about the various paths a present health concern could take, and how they will take shape if nothing is done—a year or ten years from now. From an East Asian medicine perspective, *everything* is connected, which is why this medicine is an art form as much as a science. The beauty of treating the human body this way is that once you see your health through this lens, you can’t unsee it, generating paradigm shifts that support the entire ecosystem, not just the tree.