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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 sixty-five articles and three books (1 published, 2 retired). (I have several unfinished works that are unlikely to ever see the light of day.) 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 some articles from my newsletter, Pharmacopoeia: The Newsletter for Health and Nutrition the Natural Way, published from 1997-2005.

    • 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.