Focus on the traditional diagnostic skills of tongue and pulse readings will enable the student to match the energetics of the plants to that of the client. Requirement for this course is Foundations of Herbal Medicine at Green Comfort or another herb school. We will practice traditional diagnostic skills and see one client each Sunday. We will be seeing clients each weekend as well and students will be asked to practice their new skills on clients throughout the program. Some Materia Medica reading will be required before each class so that we can absorb that information and more effectively apply the energetic model to our western herbal practice as we incorporate traditional diagnostic skills. Refer to the daily class schedule to the right to see how we will flow through the weekend. Collaborative teaching combines lectures and hands-on experience. Your teachers and mentors throughout this program include:. This advanced clinical training requires a working knowledge of herbs.
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The knowledge of the medicinal and energetic properties of herbs in ancient cultures was culled from wisdom handed down over generations by the shamans, holy men or sages of that culture. The medicinal properties of herbs are related systematically according to their physical and energetic properties, which include the elements, tastes, heating, cooling, digestive effects and other special potencies they possess. Hippocrates, a Greek philosopher and physician, worked with a systematic approach called the Four Humour system. This system categorized each individual as one of several physiological constitutional types. Likewise, plants were also classified and applied according to this systematic approach.
Herbal Energetics Training (Sunday Only)
This page gives the definition of herbal energetics, or herbal actions, and is essentially a guide to the language of an herbalist. Keep in mind that herbs are not limited by our category systems! Whenever we use language to put a box around plants they will rebel. As a result, many of these terms should never be considered exclusive or opposite one another. For example, herbs can be both a relaxing nervine and a stimulating nervine. They could be both astringent and demulcent. They could be an immunomodulator and an immunostimulant.
In order for modern Western herbalism to move ahead we need to merge both our tradition and our science. The former has been lost, to some extent, and must be recovered. Many attempts have been made to bridge Chinese or Ayurvedic energetics with Western herbalism. I find that these approaches are forced or superficial because they are not capable of representing the Western historical, traditional, energetic, and folk medical milieu in which use of the plant developed. In Ayurveda there are six tastes: sweet earth, water , sour earth, fire , salty water, fire , pungent fire, air , bitter ether , astringent earth, air. Samuel Thomson only recognized three tastes. Somewhere he says I lost the beautiful little quotation : the three things necessary to the practice of medicine are the hot, the rough, and the bitter. Rough equals astringence.