Intermediate Western Herbalism: Herbal Energetics & Pulse Diagnosis
A 6-Month Intensive Program for the Serious Herb Student
Understanding herbal energetics and furthering diagnostic techniques is key to becoming a proficient clinical herbalist, as is botany, nutrition, pathophysiology and case studies... then onto clinical work. This program focuses on Herbal Energetics and Pulse, Tongue and Facial diagnostics. Please see Intermediate Western Herbalism: Pathophysiology & Case Studies for another important component in clinical herbalism. It is recommended, but not required, that both programs be taken in succession and priority will be given to students who sign up for both. Space is limited and we only accept a maximum of 13 students.
Drawing from the expertise and experience of a well-rounded faculty, with many years of clinical and teaching experience, the goal of this intermediate-level course is to go beyond "the basics" to put your knowledge of plant medicine to practical use, expanding on what you've learned in a beginning-level program with an emphasis on herbal energetics and pulse diagnosis, as well as nutrition, botany and advanced medicine making techniques... all significant factors necessary to become a confident herbalist in your community.
Class begins on September 6th and meets every Thursday evening in addition to several Saturdays and an occasional Sunday. Students who complete this program will receive instruction in the following areas:
Judy Lieblein begins the program with an in-depth look into herbal energetics. Learning and understanding the language of herbal energetics is a natural, easy, exciting and empowering way to work with herbs. Herbal energetics has been used in India, China, Tibet and in the Americas by indigenous native tribes for thousands of years. The energetic system is a method to understand how a plant moves through the body, mind and senses affecting the different organs, body systems and tissue states. We will be exploring the 6 tastes, the 20 attributes, the 5 elements and 6 tissue states to provide a deeper understanding of how plants work in our bodies.
ADVANCED MATERIA MEDIA
Students are expected to have a basic understanding of the Western materia media and to research and build upon their personal monographs. The focus of discussion on herbs will be within the context of tissue states, herbal energetics and individual constitutions.
PULSE & TONGUE
In this program we will discover beginning neo-classical pulse, as taught in the Shen/Hammer method of pulse diagnostics, how to read the tongue as a map to determine the health of the individual organs, and signs of potential imbalance and constitutional issues through facial diagnostics. The emphasis will be on learning how to find, read, and interpret the pulse. We will then learn how to use this diagnostic tool to inform choices around formulating holistic preparations for the individual. Each diagnostic tool is designed to serve as an anchor to correctly assess what’s happening in the body and how to rebalance with herbs. This class is appropriate for those with a working knowledge of plant properties and an interest in pursuing clinical training. These classes will be taught by Frieda Kipar Bay
Throughout the course, students will be expected to develop “theoretical” client protocols based on information provided by the instructors. Each protocol will be presented to the group and/or evaluated by the instructors. This is an excellent way to develop and hone your herbal formulation skills to create effective remedies for yourself and your community. These classes will be taught by Cheryl Fromholzer and guest herbalists.
- What constitutes a well-rounded herbal formula.
- Acute vs. tonic formulas
- Matching herbal energetics and clinical actions to an individual’s constitution and the characteristics of their particular condition
- Herb safety
- Herb/Drug interactions including side effects of common drugs.
ADVANCED MEDICINE MAKING TECHNIQUES
- Understanding plant constituents: best solvents and techniques for medicine making based on plant chemistry
- Percolation method of extraction
- Tea & tincture concentrated powders
- Boluses & suppositories
BOTANICAL PHARMACY CREATION
Students will be expected to have a good working knowledge of making fresh and dried plant tinctures and glycerites, liniments, oils and salves and will be expected to craft their own medicines outside of classtime. This class will focus on more advanced herbal preparations and how to prepare those challenging, hard-to-extract plant constituents to be the most efficacious. In class medicine making will focus primarily on succi, boluses and suppositories, dried tea/tincture concentrates, nasal irrigation, and more.
BOTANICAL FIELD TRIPS
We will continue our botany studies with Autumn Summers, deepening our skills in plant identification and botanical nomenclature.
Unpaid internships are available for those who seek to immerse themselves into deeper avenues of learning. We have three tracks: a garden internship, an internship in our retail shop as well as a teaching assistant for the Explorations class which meets every Wednesday evening. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.
Teachers for this program will be Cheryl Fromholzer, Judy Lieblein, Frieda Kapar Bay, Karen Aguiar, Autumn Summers and Kia Sanford with guest teacher Margi Flint! For a complete list of Core Faculty and Guest Teachers, please visit: Faculty Listing
Students must have completed a first-year comprehensive herbal program or otherwise show proficiency in a Western herbal materia medica, basic anatomy and physiology, conditions and therapeutics as well as basic medicine making skills. Upon registration, a phone interview will be setup to ascertain if this program is a good fit for you. While a desire to be a clinician is not necessary for admission, the financial means, drive and motivation for completion of studies is key.
In addition to classroom lecture and experiential “hands-on” core intensives, each student is expected to work independently or in teams to complete assignments on schedule before the next module begins. Certification is based on participation and successful completion of all assignments.
It is recommended that each student build a good herbal reference library. Suggestions will be offered throughout the course on recommended books.