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Greek and Eclectic Tissue State Course Fused with Cellular Biology- Winter/Spring 2017

  • Dates: Saturday February 25th – April 1st
  • Class dates: 12-3 pm
  • Cost: $325 for early bird registration until Feb. 5th; $375 thereafter
  • Online Option

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.

I’ve added to the course the latest in cellular biology. This expanded program will explain what is happening metabolically on a cellular level when the state of our tissue is out of order. Cells organize into tissue which organize into organs and organ systems. Looking at the cell is a window into the unseeable. And so we will fuse these unseeable and proven ideas with tissue dysfunction, organ system imbalances and symptom pictures.

The 6 Tissue States as used today are:

  • Heat/Excitation
  • Cold/Wind/Constriction
  • Cold/Depression
  • Damp/Relaxation
  • Damp/Torpor/Stagnation
  • Dry/Atrophy.

In this course, you will learn to use the tissue states as a tool to learn more about plant application, augment your own consultation forms/methods, or to advance how you assess individuals.  You will find that understanding their pronouncement in people allows you to fine tune what you recommend to support better health.

Required reading: The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism, by Matthew Wood.  Handouts will be emailed ahead of each class, and will be copied by the participants.

What can you expect from this class?

This course will be comprised of, but not limited by, 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
  •  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

The 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 taste 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?
  • How does having an understanding of the cell and it’s organelles assist our ability to propose a protocol, and thwart disease, and dysfunction?

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.

If you are interested in this course,

please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com.


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