For more than two years Paul Olko has provided Chinese Herbal Care for me and my son and daughter.
Paul obviously loves his work with herbs. His belief in their effectiveness is contagious. When I would ask him about a health problem I was experiencing, his response was thorough and enthusiastic. Paul has always been sensitive to my information, impressions and experience. His prescriptions never failed to help and cure my problems.
Paul has given me herbs which shrank uterine fibroids, for flu, colds, digestive problems, weight loss, lack of energy, estrogen deficiency, ear and eye irritations. Paul has successfully treated my son for asthma and nervous disorders with herbs. He has assisted my daughter in recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome. It has been an adventure for me to prepare teas from the original herbal mixtures Paul prescribes from his huge store of ingredients.
Paul is my first choice of help when I have a medical problem. He has given me faith that I can heal my body and often my mind and emotions with Chinese herbs in a safe, balanced and altogether beneficial manner without negative side effects.
From 1984 to 1989, I worked repeatedly with Paul Olko in two capacities—first as a student, then as a patient. In both contexts, I found his work thorough, comprehensive and knowledgeable.
I have taken extensive herbology instruction from Paul. For a total of eight months, during 1984, 1985 and 1986, I took his course in basic herbology followed by his advanced herbology program. In each course, Paul covered both Chinese and Western systems—including material medica, formulas, and diagnosis.
Paul’s coverage of the material medica was unusually solid. His extensive presentation of Chinese herbs was particularly valuable as it is difficult to find many teachers in the West with Paul’s broad, thorough understanding of Chinese medicine. He described a wide spectrum of both Chinese and Western herbs, each plant’s basic properties including the physiological and emotional types and the physiological imbalances for which it is used, its correct preparation, and its counter indications.
In teaching formulas, Paul stressed not only traditional Chinese and Western formulas, but the principles by which a formula is built. Thus I learned a full range of recognized treatments, and I gained the necessary skills one uses in combining specific herbs for tailoring herbal programs to each individual’s needs.
Paul is not only knowledgeable about Chinese herbs and treatment; he knows how to make his knowledge accessible, understandable and usable for his students. He effectively organized and paced the presentation material and supplemented it with extensive print and visual aids. Moreover, he requires his students to do actual field work—to conduct diagnoses; to prepare formulas, tinctures, poultices and compresses; and to make first-aid kits.
Because Paul shared his in-depth understanding so effectively with his classes, I completed his courses with a thorough knowledge of both Eastern and Western herbalism.
From 1985 to 1989, I saw Paul as my primary health practitioner, on an average of once every three weeks. I consulted with him about problems as diverse as digestive/liver function, eye rash, and low energy. Using Chinese diagnosis, along with acupressure, dietary recommendations and individually designed Chinese formulas, Paul was able to help me improve each health condition considerably.
Without reservation, I recommend Paul Olko as a knowledgeable, experienced and capable practitioner of Chinese herbalism.
—M. E. W.
It has been my good fortune to have had Paul Olko as my therapist since 1983.
During this ten-year period, especially from 1983 until his move to Virginia I saw Paul on a regular monthly basis and he prescribed Chinese Herbal formulas frequently, and with great success, for conditions such as allergies, headache, gastric distress and sore muscles.
I make regular trips to his Virginia practice and consult with him long distance when necessary. His expertise in Chinese Herbal treatments has contributed greatly to my good health and wellbeing.
Paul, one year ago today I found good health by meeting you for the first time, and received help following 14 months of sickness. Your knowledge of the human body and its needs in order to “operate” in the way it was intended, showed me the way to a healthy life and thus the choice to live a more fulfilled life. I am grateful to you and will remain so for the rest of my life. Thank you.