Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine – The Five Elements
Mar 13, 2021 10:00 am
FIVE SATURDAYS – MARCH 13, MAY 1, JUNE 12, AUGUST 28, OCTOBER 2, NOVEMBER 20, 2021
10AM – 1PM
LIVE ONLINE CLASS WITH KATE AUGUST
The five element or five phase system is at the foundation of classic Chinese medicine. It explains the relationship between our bodies and the seasons. In this course, we will discuss how this system of health highlights the interrelationship between our body and our environment and how you can use it in your own health care. This course will take a close look at the five phase system. The goal is to provide the tools to understand this system so that you may apply these concepts to your herbal medicine practice. Our focus will be on utilizing western herbs.
Each class in the series will correlate to a seasonal counterpart and discuss western herbs to support each phase as we progress throughout the year. We will cover a materia medica of herbs for each season, as well as foods and exercises to support each transition. This 5 class series is open to all levels of students but it is recommended that students have some western herbal experience. This course will be a valuable addition to the toolkit of any student or clinician.
Class One: (March 13): Introduction to Five Phase Theory, Yin & Yang and the Eight Principles Each class thereafter will focus on each the phase that correlates with the season -discuss the energetics of the season, corresponding organ systems, emotions, and western herbs that reflect the time of year.
Class Two: (May 1) WOOD ELEMENT: Spring Liver and Gallbladder Righteousness & Anger
Class Three: (June 12) FIRE ELEMENT: Summer Heart and Small Intestine Desire & Elation
Class Four: (August 28) EARTH ELEMENT: late summer Spleen and Stomach Thought & Pensiveness
Class Five: (October 2) METAL ELEMENT: autumn Lung and Large Intestine Release & grief
Class Six: (November 20) WATER ELEMENT: winter Kidney and Urinary Bladder Will Power & Fear See Less