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Jill Ruttenberg, RH, AHG Co-Owner & AmaTierra Wellness Director

Jill Ruttenberg is a professional nutritionist, certified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and professional clinical herbalist registered with the American Herbalist Guild. She is also an experienced massage therapist, energy healer and Hatha yoga instructor. The Wellness Center at AmaTierra Retreat & Wellness Center in Turrubares is Jill's living dream, the fruition of decades of training, practice and experience in natural medicine and the healing arts.

Jill has been a student and practitioner of holistic health practices for over 30 years, studying first under prominent holistic expert Joel Penner, OMD, and then receiving her Master Herbalist Certification from East-West School of Herbology in Santa Cruz, California in 2000. She completed further clinical practice with Dr. Michael Tierra, OMD to eventually gain professional status from the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), of which she is a professional member and former council member. Jill's most recent learning adventure led her to China in 2016 to fulfill her dream of completing an advanced certification program led by doctors of Chinese medicine in China's Long Hua Hospital and Shanghai U. of TCM.

Jill is a colleague of Dr. Andrew Weil, and participated in weekly patient conferences at the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical Center before creating the Wellness Center at AmaTierra. She created AmaTierra Integrative Herbs to share her proprietary herbal tinctures with our guests and the global natural health community. At AmaTierra, Jill uses nutritional counseling, Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment methods and herbal formulas, as well as western and rainforest herbal tinctures and supplements to help people manage health issues through natural and dietary means.

A massage therapist and energy healer for over 30 years, Jill has high standards for the massage practitioners who work at AmaTierra and she supervises the wellness services. Guests can be assured of professional treatment and safety with knowledgeable hands when they receive massages and body treatments at AmaTierra’s spa.

Yoga has been an integral part of Jill’s life for over 40 years and she has been teaching a gentle Hatha style yoga since 1999. AmaTierra employs additional versatile, English-speaking yoga instructors who are adept at adjusting classes to suit the physical needs of our guests. Private yoga classes are also available.

What to expect from the herbs

Nutritional + Herbal Consultation:

Transform your nutritional and natural health regimen for optimum well-being attuned to the wisdom of your body and the science of natural plant medicine. Professional nutritionist and clinical herbalist Jill Ruttenberg leads you through important diet and lifestyle changes customized to your body's unique health needs. No two bodies are alike, and with Jill's expertise and decades of experience, she helps you find the right combination of herbs, nutritional advice and supplements that work best for you.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) model and Jill's holistic approach to well-being look at the whole person, not just the physical symptoms - treating the individual, not the dis-ease. Using techniques like Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis, kinesiology and the science of Chinese medicine, your consultation with Jill explores the ins and outs of your health and lifestyle, including your emotional and mental state, eating habits, sleep patterns, your support system, and family life. This process leads to the creation of a healing program designed specially for you - a personalized treatment for whatever patterns of disharmony exist in your body.

Your nutritional + herbal consultation includes a protocol for body treatments, energy healing and dietary adjustments for the duration of your stay at AmaTierra, to be continued on your own when you leave. You may end up with a liquid herbal tincture, a Chinese herbal medicine powder to mix with water, suggestions for acupuncture, massage, and energy work, and/or recommendations for supplements you can buy back home. Jill's custom herbal medicines and proprietary formulas feature ingredients from AmaTierra's organic garden and medicinal plants of the rainforest.

Nutritional advice and herbal medicines are the most powerful investments you can make for your health and holistic wellbeing. At AmaTierra, we support your healing process and help you ease into the dietary and lifestyle changes you need to live life at your absolute best.

AMATIERRA INTEGRATIVE HERBS: Proprietary Blends for sale in 1 oz tincture bottles

AmaTierra Integrative Herbs combines herbs from the best of Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Tropical traditions. Formulated by Jill Ruttenberg, AHG Registered Herbalist and Owner of AmaTierra Retreat & Wellness Center, these proprietary herbal combinations are safe, natural, holistic tinctures to alleviate sleep problems, strengthen immunity, relieve chronic joint pain, assist digestion or settle menstrual imbalances.

Sleep Well helps calm the mind and the “Shen” (Spirit) and helps balance your system with adaptogenic (Chinese) Schizandra Berry, Nervines Passion Flower and “Hops” (Humulus lupus), as well as Ayurvedic Gotu Kola and Virgin Sage from the tropics.

Recommended dosage: Take 40 drops in water ½ hour before bedtime and keep nearby for use in the night if necessary.

Strong Defense is best used during times of stress or when you feel a cold or other illness coming on. Echinacea and Astragalus are two powerful herbs with phenolic compounds to boost immunity, together with Reishi mushroom (ganodermalucidum). This tincture also includes anti-inflammatory tropical herbs Ginger (to release pathogens through better digestion and sweating), Tumeric and Pau d’arco, which is a strong antibacterial/antivira. Chinese Rais de Lovage (Ligusticumwallichi) expels pathogens and relieves pain, especially headache, and Glycerhizzaglabra helps fight infection and deliver the herbs in this formula to the right places in the body.

Recommended dosage: 40 drops every hour when symptoms first occur, for the first day, then 4 times per day if symptoms persist; or 40 drops 2 times per day as a preventative and to increase immunity during cold/flu season or when feeling run-down.

Joint-Eze helps stiff joints from rheumatism or arthritis by calming inflammation, managing pain, promoting circulation and reducing the effects of “wind” in the body. This formula contains salix alba (white willow bark) which moves blood and contains salicylic acid (present in aspirin). From the Ayurvedic pharmacy, this tincture also includes Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Tulsi (Holy Basil, Occimum sanctum), Tumeric and Ginger, all anti-inflammatory herbs. Fang feng (ledebouriella) is an important herb in the Chinese formulary, plus North American Prickly Ash bark (Zanthoxylumamericanum) to increase circulation.

Recommended dosage: 40 drops in water as needed.

Menstrual-Eze is a special blend of Chinese, tropical and north American herbs which work together to help regulate menstruation and relieve pain. The herbs in this formula strengthen the kidneys, increase levels of progesterone, ease blood flow, increase circulation and provide pain relief.

Recommended dosage: Begin taking this formula 10 days before menstruation, 40 drops in water 4 times per day. Dosage can be increased to every 2 hours if there is pain.

Calm Colon Formula: This mixture of Chinese herbs in capsule or powder form has been proven to be effective for IBS and IBD patients in a study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). It is safe and can be taken daily for those who suffer from bowel problems.

Recommended dosage: 3-4 capsules, 3-4 times per day. Calm Colon can be used sporadically when there are symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea or gas/bloating, or daily as an ongoing aid for chronic intestinal problems.