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About

Blue Dragon Apothecary is a full-service herbal dispensary and clinic specializing in custom formulated herbal prescriptions. We offer professional herbal consultations by appointment and walk-ins. We provide the highest quality herbs and tinctures available. Our selection includes hundreds of organic and ethically wild crafted herbs. We also provide community education, with workshops and classes throughout the year.

Blue Dragon Apothecary is part of a growing grass-roots health care movement in the United States that wants to re-establish the use of organic, locally-grown herbal medicines to treat chronic and acute illnesses. Our goals is to bring ethical decision making about health into the mainstream culture. 

Drawing from ancient Asian healing practices and the Western scientific understandings of physiology and biochemistry, we develop personalized holistic healing plans for our patients. The staff at Blue Dragon Apothecary offer a wide range of services from acupuncture and massage to herbalism, yoga and spiritual counseling. Herbal and wellness treatment includes patient-specific advice regarding diet, types of exercise, therapeutic emotional therapies and custom-formulated herbal remedies based on in-depth intake evaluations. 

Our goal is to build successful bridges between biomedicine and alternative medicine in the Pioneer Valley. Our staff is trained in basic biomedical terminology and drug-herb interaction. Our herbalists are comfortable communicating to doctors and health care providers from conventional medical backgrounds. We seek to create a health care community in the Pioneer Valley based on community-care and the proper professional interaction between disparate health care backgrounds.

Our Mission

Health is the proper relationship between the microcosm, which is man, and the macrocosm, which is the Universe. Disease is a disruption of this relationship.
— Dr. Yeshe Donden

To Create a Model for Sustainable Medicine

During her time working in the Himalayas of Northern India, founder Mary Friedman Ryan saw firsthand the environmental (as well as the economic and cultural) damage caused by the encroaching pharmaceutical industry. She believes that healing the relationship between humans and their environment is an integral part of healing. Here at Blue Dragon Apothecary, we work with local and domestic farmers growing herbs that establish diverse ecological flora, benefiting the earth. Our growing partner Harmonics Gardens organically produces fresh herbal medicine on several sites in Western Massachusetts. Our remedies are non-toxic and take into consideration the carbon footprint of our healing.

To Foster Patient Education

Blue Dragon Apothecary is a teaching clinic that aims to have patients that never come back. Treatment involves knowing yourself and what works for your constitutional type. We also teach you about the herbs we prescribe, why we prescribe them and what they treat. Eventually, our goal is that each person who comes to our apothecary develops a small apothecary at home, to treat themselves and their loved ones. Throughout the year we offer courses in winter immunity, comfort and sleep remedies, the herbs for colds and flu, digestive health and emergency home medicine. We are currently accepting internship applicants. If you would like to apply go to Internships.

To Promote Healthy Lifestyles

At Blue Dragon Apothecary, we've learned that the key to health is lifestyle. Lifestyle is a choice and we have the power to control our thoughts and actions. The thoughts we think are imprinted in our bodies. The air we breathe and the amount of exercise we do, affects our organs, and even our mental health. We help our clients to take their health into their own hands, through right diet, exercise, thought and attitude. Treatment involves understanding one's constitution, what foods suit it, and how to build an everyday life experience that encourages health. Accessibility to this type of training is at the forefront of our intention as healers. We offer sliding scale and work-trade opportunities when possible. Our low-cost community clinic is Fridays 12-6.