Nina Judith Katz has a passion for helping people take control of their own health using readily available resources, such as plants and hands. She has been in private clinical practice in the Boston area since 1999.
Nina began studying herbalism in 1988. She learns about herbs from the plants themselves, books, direct experience, and, of course, people. She is a Chartered Herbalist graduate of Dominion Herbal College and has completed workshops with a wide variety of wonderful teachers, including Stephen Buhner, Isla Burgess, David Hoffman, Susun Weed, and Matthew Wood. Yarrow is her favorite plant-teacher.
Nina has been practicing Qi Gong since 1995. She has studied various forms of Qi Gong and Qi/Ki healing with Wen-Ching Wu, Bill Ryan, Yang Jwing Ming, Frank Chan, and Katsumi Niikura. She started learning Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1997. A graduate of the Boston Shiatsu School, Nina studied with Kiku Miyazaki, Kiiko Matsumoto, David Euler, and B.J. Wang.
In addition to working in the healing arts, Nina is also a poet, writer, editor, philologist, lexicographer, linguist, translator, and educator.
She has clinical experience in Herbalism, Shiatsu, and Qi Gong. Her experience includes work with clients addressing chronic challenges involving both physical and emotional wellness. This work incorporates coaching and teaching as well as direct assistance. She enjoys leading workshops on various topics relating to holistic health including herbalism, acupressure, qi gong, foraging, wildcrafting, herbal medicine making, language, training colleagues in linguistic annotation, providing coaching to writers and teaching various other subjects to homeschoolers and their parents.
She writes articles about medicinal herbs regularly for Natural Herbal Living Magazine. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Phoenix Rising Review. See her work linked below.
- Digestive Problems, including IBS, IBD, Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
- Menstrual Discomfort
- Perimenopausal Symptoms & Hot Flashes
- Fertility Issues
- Pregnancy ~ helping to get labor started, training partners to use moxibustion to turn a breech baby
- Sports Injuries
- Limitations on range of motion
- Infant Colic (usually a single treatment includes counseling parents on herbs to supplement)
- Mild Depression and Anxiety
- Smoking Cessation (Please come in clothing in which you have not smoked and do not smoke two hours before the appointment)
- Hearing Loss
- Herbal Consultations
- Nutritional Counseling
- Qi Gong
2002-2007 DOMINION HERBAL COLLEGE, CHARTERED HERBALIST, British Columbia, Canada (via correspondence)
1997-1999 BOSTON SHIATSU SCHOOL, CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, Cambridge, MA
1988-1990 CORNELL UNIVERSITY, DOCTORAL PROGRAM, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Ithaca, NY
1987-1988 HEBREW UNIVERSITY. FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR. Jerusalem, Israel
1987 BRYN MAWR COLLEGE, MASTER OF ARTS, Russian linguistics and literature / Thesis: Irina Ratushinskaya: translations and analysis
BRYN MAWR COLLEGE, BACHELOR OF ARTS, cum laude. Bryn Mawr, PA
1985; 1986 PUSHKIN INSTITUTE. Intensive Russian program. Moscow, USSR
1983 THE BREARLEY SCHOOL, New York, NY
Near-native speaker of Russian; fluent in Hebrew and French; reading knowledge of Latin
HONORS AND AWARDS
Fulbright scholarship, 1987-1988; National Merit Certificate, 1983
Foraging, Weaving, Photography and Hiking
Board member, Community Orchestra Outreach Project
For Natural Herbal Living Magazine:
- “Hunting and Using Artist’s Conk” (March 2017)
- “Juniper Plant ID and Botany” (February 2017)
- “Schizandra in Traditional Chinese Medicine” (January 2017)
- “Digestive Uses of Cardamom” (December 2016)
- “Topical Uses of Clove” (November 2016)
- “Burdock as Food Medicine” (October 2016)
- “Clinical Use of Skullcap as a Nervine” (September 2016)
- “Goldenrod Monograph” (August 2016)
- “Motherwort for Mothering” (July 2016)
- “Wood Betony Clinical Uses” (June 2016)
- “Linden Monograph” (May 2016)
- “Eat Your Medicine: Wild Mustard Greens” (April 2016)
- “Yellow Dock Herbal Monograph” (March 2016)
- “Astragalus Herbal Monograph (January 2016)
- And More
Yana Listens: A Children’s Herbal Adventure Story (People’s Health Series) (March 2014)
For The Phoenix Rising Review:
- “Jewish Cemetery in Leningrad, 1986” (to be posted March 17, 2017)
- “To an INS Officer” (posted February 12, 2016)
- “How Much Echinacea Should You Take to Prevent or Treat the Flu”
- “Share longevity tips with your grandparents for grandparents’ day”
- “Malarkey tells tall tales with a cohort of blarney, hooey, and hocus-pocus”
- How big a deal is that big of a deal?
- Feel Healthier This Fall with Goldenrod
- Remembering 9/11 – Addressing PTSD
- “Guilty. Guilty.” in WomenWise, 1993
- “You sit day after day outside the graveyard” in Spare Change, February 1993
- “I see you daily drudging” in Spare Change, February 1993
- “The Passerby” in Anthology of American Poetry, 1992
Translation from Russian: “A Note on Schopenhauer,” Eichenwald, in Schopenhauer: New Essays in Honor of His 200th Birthday, 1988.