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Welcome to Mestengo Books, a gathering place for my work.

Mustang is a popular online moniker because it speaks to strength and endurance. It’s a good symbol for me because it characterizes my nature: untamed; need for freedom of movement; strength and endurance. Mustangs have survived the wilds of the Americas since the Spanish first brought them here, making them, by nature, a hardy breed.

The word mestengo has a neat history: its origin is from 16th century Spanish that translates to wild, stray, ownerless. I knew the moment I saw it I’d found the right name. Anyone who knows me can certainly attest to the fact that I am, without a doubt, una mestenga.

Denise Thunderhawk, Writer

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Over the past thirty or so years I’ve written and published over 65 articles and 3 books (1 published, 1 retired, 1 needs a new cover). I have some unfinished works that may not ever see the light of day but who knows, that could change, too.

Here is a sampling of my accomplishments:

Published Books:

Nonfiction: The 5-Element Guide to Healing with Whole Foods: Discover Your Unique Nutritional Needs Using Ancient Medicine in Modern Life (Lulu Press Inc., 2016)

Trade Journal: Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness (

    • Nutrition: The Qi of Life. Summer and Fall editions, 2016.
    • The Heart of the Matter: In Chinese medicine, strong Heart Qi/Blood and the expression of Joy bring about true cardiovascular health. Vol. 29, number 2, Summer 2019 edition.

Articles on other websites:

The following is a short list of articles I wrote for my newsletter, Pharmacopoeia: The Newsletter for Health and Nutrition the Natural Way, self-published from 1997-2005. Digital copies (one per article/newsletter) are available upon request (all copyrights apply). Send requests to:

    • Diabetes: Is it actually Incurable? A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view of a preventable, chronic condition”. April, 2004.
    • It Hurts All Over: Dealing with Chronic Pain. East meets West in an effort to solve this perplexing affliction”. July, 2004.
    • Stress/Adrenal Burnout: The Dangers of Perpetual Strain. How emotional distress can contribute to the progression of chronic imbalances and lead to serious maladies.” September, 2004.
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis: “Moving” Beyond the Barriers of Pain: The medical model for rheumatism in Chinese medicine offers patients hope and a safe alternative to drugs.” October, 2004.
    • Mental Illness: Soothing the Troubled Mind/Heart. The treatment of psycho-emotional disturbances according to TCM.” January, 2005.
    • Post-Partum Depression: After the Baby Blues. Understanding how blood loss and hormonal changes affect new mothers emotionally.” July, 2005.
    • Depression: Is It Really Only in Our Heads? An alternative approach to what is actually a whole-body illness.” February, 2004.
    • Ma Huang/Ephedra: Friend or Foe? A close look at a misunderstood & widely abused Oriental Medicine plant.” March, 2004.
    • The Legendary Ginsengs: Solving the Jumble. Distinguishing which ginseng best suits individual energetic needs.” March, 2005
    • Primum No Nocere: First, Do No Harm. Naturopathic medicine promotes health & treats patients with nontoxic therapies.” January, 2004.

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