This four class series will introduce and explore the fundamentals of Chinese medicine and discuss both Chinese and American herbs accordingly. The classes are offered for serious students of herbal medicine and will include diagnostics for practitioners and those studying to be practitioners of herbal medicine. Materia medica will be covered extensively, including important and well-known Chinese herbs as well as American herbs that are well-known to Western herbal traditions and that have been integrated into Chinese medicine.
***PLEASE INDICATE WHICH SERIES YOU WILL BE ATTENDING (FALL OR WINTER) IN THE COMMENTS SECTION AT CHECKOUT. IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THE FALL SERIES, YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE UP ANY MISSED CLASSES DURING THE WINTER SERIES***
FALL SERIES: Wednesdays - Nov 8th, 29th, Dec. 6th, and 20th
WINTER SERIES: Tuesdays - Jan 9th, Jan 23rd, Feb 6th, Feb 20th
Remedies Herb Shop, 453 Court St, Brooklyn
Nathaniel Whitmore (see bio below)
Class One: Basic Theory
This class will introduce basic theories of Chinese medicine as well as assessment methods and materia medica classification. Top herbs to know from each of the major categories will be covered.
Class One Focal Points:
- Yin/Yang Theory
- Organs in Chinese Medicine
- Three Treasures: Jing, Chi, and Shen
- Triple Burner Theory
- Five Element Theory
- Categories of the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica
- Primary Herbs from Each Category of the Materia Medica
- Four Pillars of Diagnosis: Inquiry, Touching, Looking, Listening
Class Two: Yin / Yang Theory
This class will expand on yin/yang theory, covering various manifestations of the theory in Chinese medicine, herb classification according to yin and yang, basic assessment of constitution, and dietary considerations.
- The Six Divisions
- The Eight Principles (Patterns)
- The Seven Principles of Yin and Yang
- The Twelve Theorems of Yin and Yang
- Yin and Yang Herb Classification
- Constitutional Assessment According to Yin and Yang
- Yin and Yang and Tongue Assessment
- Feeling Yin and Yang Qualities in the Pulse
Class Three: Five Element Theory
This class will expand upon five element theory, including major organ associations, body tissue and body function associations, and the five flavors of herbs. Herbs that nourish and cleanse will be covered according to five element associations.
- Organ Associations in Five Element Theory
- Tissue Associations in Five Element Theory
- Body Associations in Five Element Theory
- Flavor Associations in Five Element Theory
- The Five Elements on the Face and Tongue
- Five Element Positions in the Pulse
- The Seasons and Five Element Theory
- Materia Medica Categories Associated with Nourishing and Cleansing the Organs of Five Element Theory and Major Herbs of Each Category
Class Four: Diagnostics and Formulating
This class will bring it all together with a special focus on how diagnostic methods are brought together in clinical practice and how herbs are combined into individualized formulae.
- Practical Application of Verbal Intake in the Herbal Consultation
- Practical Application of Pulse Assessment
- Practical Application of Tongue Assessment
- Selection of Herbs According to Diagnosis
- Contraindications of Herbs According to Diagnosis of Constitution and Condition
- Additional Herbs of Each Category of the Materia Medica
- Making Custom Formulas for Clients
Recommended Reading List: (all books will be available at Remedies for 10% off during the course of the class)
Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra
The Energetics of Western Herbs by Peter Holmes
Western Herbs According to Traditional Chinese Medicine by Tomas Garran
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica by Dan Bensky
Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology by Chen and Chen
Note Regarding Herbs Covered in Class:
From a few to several herbs of each of the 35 or so categories in the Chinese herbal medicine materia medica will be covered throughout this series, woven into the various subjects of each class. Some herbs will be covered more thoroughly, while many will be mentioned as they relate to assessment, therapeutic categories, and making herbal formulae. Previous knowledge of herbs is recommended for the course as well as additional study time (such as to consult the references listed above).
Nathaniel Whitmore is a wildcrafter, herbalist, and shiatsu (acupressure) practitioner. He works at an acupuncture clinic in Milford, PA and in various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He teaches regularly about wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms, and specializes in the use of wild medicinals.