Advanced Herbology and Medicine Making

This unique series of weekend workshops will help you cultivate your relationship to the 18 most cooking herbsimportant ‘lead’ medicines in the herbal pharmacopeia and their associated formulas.

This CEU-eligible series of monthly classes can be taken in any order, as they are each an independent 4-hour weekend workshop made up of 3 parts:

Part 1 – Constitutional Body Types 

Part 2 – ‘Duì Yào’ Herb Pairs

Part 3 – Medicine Making

We plan to cover 18 different ‘lead herbs’, one every other month.  See down below for the specific herbs and schedule.  During each workshop, we will explore:

  • the specific body type & personality of the ‘lead’ herb & associated formulas
  • the ‘Duì Yào’ herb pairs that strengthen the actions of the ‘lead’ herb
  • medicine making techniques that relate to the ‘lead’ herb

Part 1 – Constitutional Body Types and their Lead Herb:

In Part 1, you will expand your herbal knowledge and deepen your understanding of the dynamic between the three crucial elements of transformational healing:

  • the person’s constitution
  • the disease pattern
  • the herbal formula

Inspired by Shang Han Lun classical theories, this Trinity System between the persondisease and formula serves as a short-cut for the correct use of herbs.

Learn to match an individual personality and body type with a ‘lead herb’ to address specific health needs. We will do an in-depth investigation of the constitutional body types according to the historical references of ancient texts (‘Shang Han Lun’ and the ‘Jing Gui Yao Lue’).  We will look at the diseases each type is prone to and touch upon representative classical herbal formulas, their ingredients and their benefits.

Part 2 – ‘Dui Yao’ Herb Pairs:

To increase your clinical effectiveness, learn how the lead herbs are activated by paired herbs, which synergistically boost the overall capabilities of the formulas.

Part 3 – Medicine Making:

You will create a medicine chest of your own healing remedies and learn how to craft a variety of extracts.

Each class we will make a high-quality product that incorporates the lead herb. You will be able to make, label and take home your preparation.  Here are some of the remedies we will create each month, with organic and locally sourced ingredients:

Internal Preparations:

cover for workshops

  • Tinctures (alcohol-based solvent)
  • Glycerites (vegetable glycerin-based solvent)
  • Infused Medicinal Syrups
  • Honey pills and Herbal Honey Blends
  • Lozenges
  • Infused Medicinal Vinegars
  • Teas – steeped infusions and boiled decoctions
  • Oxymel (honey-vinegars)
  • Herbal Wines
  • Herbal Bitters
  • Medicinal Shots & Herbal Cocktails / Mocktails
  • Herb Jellos

External Preparations:

  • Salves
  • Liniments
  • Infused Oils (fixed, fatty oil infusions)
  • Balms & Ointments
  • Creams, Lotions & Lotion Bars
  • Deodorants
  • Toothpowders and Toothpastes
  • Compresses, Poultices & Soaks
  • Herbal Steams
  • Suppositories

Lead Herbs and Schedule:

Here’s the current schedule of 2018 + 2019 workshops:

  1. Cinnamon Workshop – ‘Guì Zhī’
    Jan 27th, 2018, Saturday 1-5pm
  2. Aconite Workshop – Fù Zǐ’
    Feb 17th, 2018, Saturday 1-5pm
  3. Dried Ginger Workshop – ‘Gān Jiāng’
    March 17th, 2018, Saturday 1-5pm
  4. Ephedra Workshop – ‘Má Huáng’
    April 21st, 2018, Saturday 1-5pm
  5. Astragalus Workshop – ‘Huáng Qí’
    September, 2018, Saturday 1-5pm
  6. Pinellia Workshop – ‘Bàn Xìa’
    November, 2018, Saturday 1-5pm
  7. Rhubarb Workshop – ‘Dà Huáng’
    January, 2019, Saturday 1-5pm
  8. Bupleurum Workshop – ‘Chái Hú’
    March 2019, Saturday 1-5pm
  9. Coptis Root Workshop – ‘Huáng Lián’
    May, 2019, Saturday 1-5pm
  10. Gypsum Workshop – ‘Shí Gāo’
    July, 2019, Saturday 1-5pm
  11. Angelica Workshop – ‘Dāng Guī’
    September 2019, Saturday 1-5pm
  12. Ginseng Workshop – ‘Rén Shēn’
    November 2019, Saturday 1-5pm

Additional Workshops:

  • Licorice – ‘Gān Cao’
  • Gardenia – ‘Zhì Zǐ’
  • Forsythia – ‘Lián Qiào’
  • Poria – ‘Fu Ling’
  • Pueria Kudzu Root – ‘Gé Gēn’
  • Atractylodes Root ‘Bai Zhu’
  • Stephania – ‘Fáng Jī’