Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine for Western Herbalists


An Introduction to Chinese Medicine for Western Herbalists


This class is designed to give the student a basic understanding of Chinese herbal medicine and its theoretical constructs, focusing on how Western herbalists can integrate these principles into their toolbox. The course will cover basic theory, diagnostics, and will also cover some very popular individual herbs that are in common use such as ginseng, gou qi zi (wolfberry), dang gui, licorice, etc. as well as discussions of common Western herbs and how they fit into the Chinese paradigm.


Students completing this course will have gained a basic understanding of Chinese herbal medicine and how Chinese medicine understands illness. Students will also be able to use some of the most popular single herbs from Chinese herbal medicine in their daily lives.
This webinar focuses on the treatment of enteric infections, introducing the biomedical perspective as well as the application of herbs as part of a comprehensive approach to treatment. Enteric infections are some of the most common infections in humans. If you’ve ever gotten sick after eating something a little “off” you have had an enteric infection.
“I want to say what a great job you did teaching Introduction to Chinese Traditional Medicine for Western herbalist. It is so different having a teacher with roots in Western herbalism that’s practicing in the clinic in China to learn from. I have studied and practiced Western herbalism for 28 years and was amazed at the detail you went into that showed excellent comparisons of TCM theory and practice related to Western herbs. I definitely plan on taking more classes at Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.
Thanks so much Thomas”
Patrick Edgmon C.H.


4 Session Course 8 hours

1. Basic Chinese Medical Theory

Yin/Yang, 8 principles, 6 Excesses (pathogens)

2. The Functional Organ Systems of Chinese Medicine

The heart, lung, liver, spleen, kidney, sm. intestine, lg. intestine, gallbladder, stomach, and urinary bladder (plus 2 others) of Chinese medicine is a group of 5 pairs of organs. We will cover each organ and its primary functions and common pathologies.

3. Basics of Diagnosis

Seeing the patterns of symptoms to help understand the best medicine to apply is the key to Chinese herbal medicine. Tongue and pulse diagnosis will be covered as well as using the information from the first two classes to help us see the patterns.

4. Understanding Herbs from the Chinese Perspective

We will cover the energetics of Chinese herbs using examples of individual herbs. This will be an opportunity for students to see and taste some Chinese herbs and gain a basic understanding of what they are and how they work.

Taught by: Thomas Avery Garran
Cost: $29.99 $19.99

Your password to access this webinar will be sent to you upon receiving confirmation of your payment, usually within a few hours, but may be as long as 24 hours.

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