In the United States we are perhaps now into the third or fourth generation of TCM practitioners. Blue Poppy was founded by Bob Flaws and Honora Wolfe—both first generation TCM pioneers, both firmly committed and tireless in their efforts to establish and support our fledgling profession. Bob and Honora are now enjoying a well-deserved retirement, but Blue Poppy continues to thrive.
Blue Poppy Enterprises was born from the vision to address an important need in the early years of our AOM profession: Books about TCM in English. In those days there were almost no written materials for students, and so Blue Poppy started a publishing house and built an impressive catalogue of books. Bob and Honora also began offering educational seminars to augment the meager education available at the few schools that existed.
When the lack in educational materials was no longer a burning issue, Blue Poppy moved on to address another problem: Quality herb materials and formulas that addressed the unique complaints of American patients. And so Blue Poppy herbal products were conceived and born. The Blue Poppy herbal product lines now include:
- concentrated traditional formulas in tablets and capsules
- pediatric liquid formulas
- effective topical formulas
- unique formulations based on modern Chinese research
- new ground-breaking, excipient-free granules that feature many single herbs and more formulas than most other brands
Five years ago Blue Poppy embarked on another mission: To manufacture needles that offered the best quality available at an affordable price. We are happy to say that we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams with our Balance and Tempo needle lines.
All along Blue Poppy has prospered by supporting the profession 100%. We are, and have always been, committed to doing our part to establish Chinese Medicine in the US as a legitimate and respected profession. We hire licensed practitioners to take your calls so that you have knowledgeable service; we support acupuncture projects in the developing world by donating needles, and we support our professional organizations. This is who we are.
Now as we move into the future we again return to our original educational mission in a new and exciting way with the launch of our Continuing Education Division’s state-of-the-art learning management system. Our vision is to offer CE courses that move the field forward in a bold way.
Stay in touch with our efforts. As good as our first 36 years have been, we are committed to improving and creating a dynamic new company to serve you and the coming generations of TCM practitioners.