Nephyr Jacobsen is founder and director of The Naga Center, a school for Traditional Thai Medicine in Portland, Oregon. In Thai Herbal Medicine, Nephyr has drawn from years of research and field work in Thailand to build Pierce's foundational book into the most comprehensive reference on Thai herbs in the English language. Pierce will be the first to tell you, "This is Nephyr's book." If you practice Thai massage or herbalism, this book will have you grinning from ear to ear.
Its publication gave me just the excuse I have been looking for to train down to Philadelphia for coffee and a conversation with Pierce about his academic research and the current field of Thai massage. Man, is he a delightful guy.
Our conversation fed my deep need to yammer away about Thai massage scholarship and practice, Buddhism and medicine, history and contemporary culture. We got so deep into these subjects that we