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Four-Day Intensive in New Mexico: Ancient Greeks meet the Eclectic Herbalists: The 6 Tissue States as a Means for Health Assessment

Silver City, NM

Boston Hill in Silver City, NM

Winter retreats are an excellent way to expand your practice and hone new skills.  In this New Year of 2013, come join herbalist and shamanic practitioner Kathy Eich in the quaint high desert town of Silver City, New Mexico to explore the deep dimensions of the 6 Tissue States (a practice of the Eclectic doctors and Ancient Greeks)in the synergistic company of others.

While in the Land of Enchantment, enjoy some local destinations, both in town and out.  Walk two blocks to a lovely herb store, Bear Creek Herbs, enjoy eating at one of the best small co-op’s in the country, and stroll the historic southwestern downtown to visit “gallery row”.  Also be  inspired to hike the foothills of the Gila Wilderness and take a dip in the natural hot springs nearby.

Let this affordably priced 4 day intensive be your excuse to advance your practice, and hibernate with your thoughts in the like-minded company of others.

Course Description

Gila Hot Springs, NM

In the late 19th century, the Eclectic doctors of America, who were herbalists, combined new ideas with several Ancient systems of physical assessment to compose and codify the 6 Tissue States.  While this system is not commonly used today, it is an excellent compliment to any Western herbal practice.  Studying the Tissue States can broaden our understanding of how to work with deficiency and excess, deepen comprehension of the 4 qualities with tensions (hot, cold, dry and wet, stimulation and relaxation), organ system imbalances, and give us a clearer view of the effects of plants according to taste.

The 6 Tissue States as used today are: Heat/Excitation, Cold/Wind/Constriction, Cold/Depression, Damp/Relaxation, Damp/Torpor/Stagnation, and Dry/Atrophy.  In this 4 day intensive, you will learn to use the tissue states as a tool to augment your own consultation forms/methods, or to advance how you assess individuals.  You will also find that understanding their pronouncement in people allows you to fine tune what you recommend to support better health.

Dates: January 10-13

Time:  9am-5pm

Place: New Mexico College of Natural Healing; Silver City, NM

Cost: Early registration of $325 if before Dec. 15;  if after $350

Payment method: cash, check or charge (checks made out to Kathy Eich)

What will be provided:  a well outlined and organized course packed with information and some hands on experience; approximately 60 pages of handouts;  plants for tasting and experiencing;  if time allows and weather permits, we will go on a winter herb walk

You will be responsible for providing your own lodging, food and drink.

To Register, please leave a note below, and I will send you an application via email.

You may also call Kathy Eich at 970-930-1530.

For more details about what will be covered in class, press more to continue.

Our class will be comprised of the following:

  •   how the 6 Tissue States came to be, definition of terms used to label each, an examination of  how each state expresses itself in their differences as well as their similarities for a clearer applicable understanding
  •    how to work with deficiency and excess in the tissue state model
  •   view and apply our Materia medica through the 6 tastes (sour, salty, sweet, pungent aromatic, acrid, cooling bitter), the 4 qualities (hot, cold, dry and wet), and the 2 tensions (relaxation and stimulation)
  •  study of the 4 qualities and 2 tensions in their polarity and their interconnectedness
  •  how to use the tissue states to assess the 4 humors (black and yellow bile, phlegm and the blood), with special focus on blood
  •    define the difference of expression between toxins and phlegm in the blood
  •   learn the autoimmune condition of Heat/Excitation coupled with Cold/Wind/Constriction
  •  address the 3 kinds of dryness (water deficient, oil deficient, and the presentation of both)
  •  debunk the myth that everyone is toxic and needs cleansing, and why
  • apply the basics of tongue analysis

…and much more.

Downtown Silver CityThe tissue states appear very different on the outside.  As we look more closely, however, it is easy to become confused as we begin to see their similarities, for they express themselves through the same 4 qualities and 2 tensions.  As a result, many questions arise.

Some common questions that have arisen through the years of teaching this course, that we will answer are as follows:

  • How are the tissue states similar and how are they different?
  • In what way does each embody the 4 qualities and the 2 tensions?
  • What plant tastes and energetics bring balance to which state and how?
  • What is the root of imbalance for each state?
  • Does a disease diagnosis fit with the tissue states?
  • Can your natural state be altered by prescription drugs and/or lifestyle choices and how?
  • Is working with deficiency and excess different in the tissue state model than in organ system assessment?
  • How does one work with the movement of energy with plants, which is often unpredictable and unique per person?
  • And, if time allows, how do Michael Moore’s stress types (Adrenaline, Adrenal cortical and Thyroid Stress) fit in with the states?

Class Structure

This 4 day intensive is the perfect winter retreat.  The lovely space and idyllic surroundings that are the foot hills and hot springs of the high desert will serve as an excellent backdrop for the infusion of new ideas into your practice.

I have taught this tissue state course for 5 years in various forms.  It was 2 years ago that I began running a Tissue State Course in Madison, WI, and 1 year ago that I began to run the course online.

To amplify your ability to assimilate information, we will engage many learning styles as we visit, revisit and weave information together over the course of our time together.  Lecture and study time will be essential elements, as will individual research and small discussion group investigations and reports.  Breakout sessions in class will facilitate conversations on plant taste and function, mock client consultations, and the analysis of historical formulas.

For information please call Kathy Eich at 970-930-1530.

Important note:  While you will learn new things about plant medicines, and probably be reminded of aspects of plants you already know, there will be no formal Materia medica.  For this reason, this intensive is recommended for intermediate to advanced learners in herbal medicine, and practitioners who want to incorporate working with the tissue states into their practice.


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