Whether you’re already in school, have been out for years, or are just starting in your Chinese herbs adventure – you have probably run into frustration. It’s a huge amount of very important information, true, but so much of the trouble comes in the delivery. A couple of foreign sounding names, maybe a black and white picture, some dry dusty roots in a bag, a few words about properties you don’t really understand, a few bullet points of symptoms the herb treats is the most many of us get.
Ultimately, those who teach this way may be trying to do you a favor. They’re trying to break the immense complexity of this medicine down into things that can be slapped on a flashcard, memorized by rote, and regurgitated back on a test. They’re probably just trying to make things simpler for you. This is particularly true given the sheer volume of herbs most courses try to get you through – often upwards of 300!
The truth is that making Chinese herbs simple doesn’t make learning them easier
For so many people, this well-intentioned attempt to simplify Chinese herbs doesn’t help them learn anything. So many names, so many foreign words, so many things that sound the same – all in a dry, disconnected chart? Reading that information is a cure for insomnia in and of itself!
Further, turning herbs into just another data point kills the passion that so many people feel about Chinese herbs. What they thought they would enjoy instead becomes drudgery. If they make it through, it’s by the skin of their teeth. This simplistic, data driven approach isn’t any good for most folks.
The best way to learn, remember, and use Chinese herbs is rich & sometimes complicated
To find, grapple with, synthesize and sink into information from a variety of sources – always with a firm foundation in the classics.
- Sensory experience through history, including my own
- Clinical experience through history, including my own
- Botanical and ecological information relevant to each herb
- Information about the herb’s companions in herbal formulas
In bringing together this information, I will paint a rich portrait of each herb for you that can serve as a jumping off point for your continued learning. This portrait will stand out in your mind when you are in front of patients. As you feel the pulse, check the tongue and do whatever other diagnostic modalities you have learned, the herbs will be like a group of friends at easy arm’s distance – ready to jump forward and assist.
There’s no doubt in my mind that learning Chinese herbs this way will make you a more effective practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine.
A step by step journey into the heart of Chinese herbalism
In conversation with students, site visitors and mentors, I’ve created this class – Deepest Health’s Chinese Herbal Materia Medica course. In truth, it’s many short courses, bound by a unified method & focus. That method?
- Instead of trying to fly through 300 herbs, we’ll stick with the 50-60 most important herbs in the huge Chinese materia medica.
- Instead of simplifying things down to bullet points, we’ll let the information open up, take root & grow wherever it pleases.
- Instead of staring endlessly at words, we’ll use art, music, our senses and this beautiful planet to sink us ever more deeply.
- Instead of a talking head expert dispensing wisdom down from above, we’ll participate together in the creation of a rich web of information (though, don’t worry, I’ll be at the helm and you’ll get PLENTY of information from me)
We’ll take our time, we’ll interact, we’ll fall in love with Chinese herbs over and over again. The herbs will be organized into functional groups, and you’ll be learning formulas and formula science at the same time as you’re getting to know the single herbs. This sounds complicated (and it is) but it’s the BEST way to learn Chinese herbs. They just SHINE when they work together, and it’s the most clinically applicable way to understand them.
What’s in the course
Truth be told, this “course” is really a series of mini courses, each focused on a single Chinese herb. They are being released one at a time, and will be made available for registration when they are complete.
Each herbal course will consist of several interlocking elements:
- Engaging, informative video lectures that you can watch on the site, or download to your computer – the videos content will range from 2-5 hours, depending on the topic, but I’ll always do my best to break the videos down into smaller pieces so you can get a meaningful chunk in one sitting
- Audio versions of those same lectures so you can take them with you anywhere – not being tied to your computer
- Worksheets and suggestions for exercises to help you engage with the herbs more deeply
- Quizzes to help you gauge your progress in mastering this important material
- Case studies integrated throughout the material to make it maximally clinically relevant
- Bonus audio, articles and other materials that open your eyes to a whole new way of understanding Chinese herbs
You’ll also be invited to interact on our members-only Facebook pages. I’ll also sometimes offer time for you to interact with me and your fellow students through engaging mentorship calls.
How the whole thing works
You don’t have to show up at a given time – that’s just too tough for busy students and professionals. Instead, you’ll be notified by email when the video, audio, workbooks & quizzes are ready, and can work through them at your own pace. I’ll suggest a pace that I think is maximally beneficial – but if you’re too busy, you’re too busy.
You’ll be able to download both audio and video to your computer and keep it forever. Same with all the workbooks, the mentorship call recording, and so on. You’ll also have lifetime access to the course site, so if you forget to download something – you can get it any time. You’ll likewise have lifetime access to the student forums.
Interested? Be notified when the single herb mini-courses are available by subscribing to the interest list