Erin Masako Wilkins in Petaluma
Event date: 
Friday, October 20, 2023 - 7:00pm
Featured Book: 
Asian American Herbalism: Traditional and Modern Healing Practices for Everyday Wellness



Copperfield’s Books welcomes local author Erin Masako Wilkins to Petaluma for the launch of her beautiful and comprehensive wellness guide - Asian American Herbalism: Traditional and Modern Healing Practices for Everyday Wellness--Includes 100 Recipes to Treat Common Ailments

Discussion followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Japanese American herbalist and acupuncturist Erin Masako Wilkins shares accessible and comprehensive herbal wellness practices, remedies, and recipes, rooted in Asian tradition for optimal health.

Erin Masako Wilkins is a California-based herbalist, acupuncturist, and the founder of Herb Folk, an online shop with an array of Asian American herbs, teas, and wellness products. In Asian American Herbalism, Wilkins shares a beautifully illustrated and photographed collection of herbal recipes, remedies, and wellness practices. Rooted in East Asian history and culture, these offerings will help the reader to prevent illness and restore health and vitality.

This comprehensive wellness guide addresses the root causes of illnesses and offers 100 easy and accessible herbal recipes to heal, uplift, and improve the quality of daily life. A central theme of this book is that food is our greatest medicine, and there is an emphasis on incorporating herbs into daily meals and drinks to address common ailments, such as allergies, anxiety and depression, digestion and gut health, menstrual disorders, and sleep difficulties. For example:

  • Loquat cough syrup for a lingering cough 
  • Nettle soup and magnolia bud tea for seasonal allergies 
  • Okayu (Japanese rice porridge) for recovering from illness 
  • Reishi mushroom decoction for insomnia and night sweats 
  • Medicinal herb stock to increase energy and vitality 
  • Fresh mulberry sweet tea or an infusion of marshmallow leaf and rose to ease digestive woes
  • Illustrated instructions offer guidance on how to practice gua sha for better health with a culturally mindful framework

In addition, Wilkins visually walks readers through the process of preparing homemade herbal remedies with ingredients that can be found at local markets.

The first contemporary book exploring the intersection of American folk herbalism and traditional Chinese medicine by an AAPI author, Asian American Herbalism is filled with practical remedies easy enough for even the busiest reader to implement and beautiful enough to display on a shelf or coffee table. An exploration of what it means to practice traditional Asian medicine in the context of modern-day life, it is the perfect health and wellness reference guide for our time.

Author: Erin Masaki Wilkins is an Asian American herbalist, acupuncturist, and educator whose work centers on empowering others with the knowledge and skills to heal on their own terms. She founded and ran Herb Folk, an herb shop and community clinic in Petaluma, California, until 2022. She now runs, where people can purchase teas, herbal remedies, and wellness products. In addition, she teaches herbalism courses online and in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Wilkins received her master’s degree from and trained at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California.

Event Location: 
Copperfield's Books - Petaluma
140 Kentucky St
Petaluma, CA 94952
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Asian American Herbalism: Traditional and Modern Healing Practices for Everyday Wellness—Includes 100 Recipes to Treat Common Ailments By Erin Masako Wilkins, Ayako Kiener (Illustrator), Kristen Murakoshi (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Erin Masako Wilkins, Ayako Kiener (Illustrator), Kristen Murakoshi (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781797223315
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 17th, 2023


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