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Correspondence Tissue State Herb Course

The 6 Tissue States that herbalists began to use around the late 19th century were configured from several Ancient systems of herbal applications combined with new ideas. We do the same today, taking old theories and mixing them with new techniques.

This class combines the use of the 6 Tissue States with organ system deficiency and excess, and patterns of dysfunction and disease. It illustrates how taste/chemical constituents and using plants that are stimulating and relaxing, hot, cold, dry and moist bring balance to the whole.

This class will cover: Understanding tissue states, their balancing tastes and chemical constituents; degrees of hot cold, dry and moist; organ system deficiency and excess, auto immune disorders, some essential oils, spiritual healing, beginning tongue diagnosis, working with adrenaline and adrenal cortical stress.
Experience will be gained in formulation, client assessment and facilitating a consultation.

To Register for this course: Leave a message on my website that you would like to receive a registration form or call 1-608-345-8061. You will then need to send payment for the course (check made out to Kathy Eich) with your form to the address provided.

Class Schedule: 13 weeks from Oct. 20th- Feb. 2nd ( weeks off: Nov. 24th; Dec. 29th; Jan. 26th)
Classes will be emailed out on Thurs. Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1,8, 15, 22, Jan. 5, 12, 19. On the following Wed. nights for 1 hour I will host a Google

Video Chat session for participants at 7pm Central Time. (Note: If there are more than 10 registered for the course, I will schedule a second time.) Wed: Oct. 26th, Nov. 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th, Dec. 7th, 14th, Jan. 4th, 11th, 18th

Consultation review forums will be set up Jan. 26th-Feb. 2nd

Cost: Early registration fee: $230 if before Oct. 11th; Cost after: $250

Where: Classes via e mail with Google Group Video Chats for question and answer sessions.

…see below for materials and course outline.

Required Materials: The book The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism, by Matthew Wood. A notebook and three ring binder for the many handouts and reading materials that will be provided.

The next week, on Wed. night, you are encouraged to participate in a Google video chat session for a question and answer session.

Supplies you will need to purchase: about 15 oz. (or 450 ml) of 190 proof Everclear, pure grain or other high alcohol content product (organic grape 98%, for example), distilled water, 3 quart mason jars, tea infuser, and 1 oz of the following dried plants (if more or less is needed, it will be specified):

Class 1: Achillea millefolium (need 2 oz. of yarrow), Calendula officinalis (2 0z.), Schisandra chinensis (2 oz. of berries), Ceanothus americanus (red root), Turmeric
Class 2: Verbena hastata (blue vervain), Rosa spp.(rose flowers), Avena sativa (oat straw), Anthemis nobilis (chamomile)
Class 3: Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn), Rumex crispus (yellow dock root), Rubus idaeus (raspberry leaf)
Class 4: Nepeta cataria (catnip), Passiflora incarnate (passionflower), Lobelia inflate (1/2 oz)
Class 5:Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom 1/2 oz.), Trigonella foenum-greacum (1/2 oz. fenugreek), Zingiber officinale (ginger, 6 oz. of fresh root), Angelica archangelica root, Glycyrrhiza glabra or lepidota (licorice), Ocimum sanctum (holy basil), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)
Class 6: Urtica dioica (nettle leaf), Plantago major (plantain leaf), Taraxacum officinalis (dandelion leaf)
Class 7: Althea officinalis (marshmallow root), Trifolium pratense (red clover), burdock root, fennel
Class 8: Taraxacum officinalis (dandelion root), Mahonia nervosa or allgerita (Oregon grape root),Gentiana (gentian root), Cynara scolymus (artichoke leaf)
Class 9 and 10: Plants for projects and class t.b.a. They will be partly based on the regions of the people in the class.

These plants you DO NOT need to purchase, but they will be covered.

Some other plants to be covered: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Gallium aparine (cleavers), Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Scutellaria lateriflora (skullcap)Mentha piperita (peppermint)

Note: Each plant will be used and addressed in more than one class.
This is merely the order you will need them in.


Material to be covered in each class:

Class 1:
Mapping the constellation that is our class. Introductions, first reports assigned, The Elements of Soul Purpose according to the Dagara tribe. Medicine making-making dried plant tinctures with Schisandra chinensis berries, Achillea millefolium and Ceanothus americanus. (I will also provide a list of about 100 plants and the appropriate water to alcohol, to plant measurements.)
Class 2:
Introduction of tissue states and defining the following as applied to the practice of plant medicine: Vitalism/vitality, deficiency and excess, stimulating and relaxing; hot, cold, dry and moist; Heat/Excitation with sours/refrigerants, sedatives; and Wind/Constriction with acrid, bitter/relaxant, antispasmodics. Importance of organs of elimination.

Tissue states

The presentation of the tissue is a message. In each of the following classes, we will look at the expression of each state, and how the taste and energetics of an herb relates. We will also weave in organ system deficiency and excess, disease and dysfunction. Each class will have homework. Examples of assignments: Writing reports and articles, medicine making, sample formulating and tasting.

Class 3:
Heat/Excitation with cooling sour
Class 4:
Wind/Constriction with the taste acrid bitter
Class 5:
Cold/Depression with acrid, pungent, sour, fragrant bitters, menthol herbs/stimulant, carminative, antiseptic.
Class 6:
Damp/Relaxation with astringent, sour, pungent
Class 7:
Dry/Atrophy with the taste salty, sweet/mucilage
Class 8:
Damp/Torpor/Stagnation with bitter, sour and acrid/laxative, alterative, detoxifier.
Class 9:
Formulation and tissue states combined with organ system deficiency and excess.
Class 10:
The Adrenals: In this first class on the adrenals, we will focus on the adrenal medulla, dysfunctions associated with, and plants to support. I will also begin to weave information in on the adrenaline stress type.
Class 11:
The Adrenals: With the focus on the adrenal cortex, dysfunctions associated with, and plants to support. I will begin weaving in information on adrenal cortical stress type.

Homework: Reports. Choose which adaptogen you would like to write a monograph on. Include history, namesake, energetics, taste, clinical applications, and tissue state(s) it would be best applied to. The next class, each person will get 5 minutes to talk about their plant. Please also make copies for everyone in the class.

This week, everyone must secure a client and prepare for their consultation. Consultation forms will be provided. Two are for the client to fill out, and contain general health information, diet, medications and medical and alternative experiences, and address organ system deficiency and excess. The Tissue State Form you will fill out during the consultation.

Class 12:
Part 2: Formulation and client assessment. We will walk through a consultation, including how to prioritize when working with a complex case. Formulation will focus on tissue states combined with organ system deficiency and excess.

Homework: Formulating teas and tinctures. Studying and writing about specifically assigned formulas.

Week off for Consultations

Class 13: Presentations on Google groups video chat of client consultations and recommendations. There will be more than one time to sign up for.


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  • Megan

    Hi Kathy, I’m interested to attend this. Can you please send me the registration form? And also, how much time per week do you anticipate needing to spend with this?  thanks!  Megan   info@wombsforwisdom.com

    • Hi Megan,  I sent an email answering your questions.  Warm wishes, Kathy


  • Stef

    Hi Kathy,

    I’m very interested in learning about herbalism. However, I consider myself an amateur who only knows more of the basics of herbalism. Do you think this class will be too advanced for me? If so, do you have any suggestions on where I can start my adventure in herbs. I have a great passion for this, I just feel like I have so much to learn. You may email me at steffied83@yahoo.com. Thank you!  -Stef

    • Hi Stef,

      Thanks so much for writing and asking.  I’m out of town right now, but I’ll e mail you soon.


  • Brookesackenheim

    Hi, I would like to be on your mailing list. If you are offering this class again I would be interested. Thank you.

    • Hello! Thanks for writing. I will put you on the emailing list. Warm wishes, Kathy