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Intermediate Course, Part 1, winter 2016

The Intermediate Herb Course Part 1 picks up where the Beginners course leaves off. We will focus on maladies of the nervous and digestive systems, and the liver.

For each system covered, we will address basic anatomy and physiology, applying our plant Materia medica energetically, clinically, and physiologically. We will then focus our attention on the maladies of each system, their symptom picture, and how to formulate for them based on the person. Because many of you are preparing for the tissue state course, we will also include terminology and some basic principals of the tissue states.

In formulation, we will consider the following:

 How to determine organ system deficiency and excess, a beginning understanding of what heat, cold, dryness, and wetness look like in the body, and how to tell if there is too much tension or function is too relaxed.

 How deficiency and excess occur.

 We will continue to apply plants according to taste, energetics, the 4 qualities (hot, cold, dry and moist), and if the plant stimulates or relaxes.

The Materia medica we began learning in the beginning course will be used and added to. We will also continue to discuss solubility factors in medicine making, and what should be made/used as a tincture or tea.

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Place: My house.

Time and Day: 6 weeks of class- Saturday from 3-5 pm

Dates: Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13, 20

Cost: $275

If you are interested, please email me at kathyweeds@yahoo.com. I will email you back from my personal account. Of course, if you know that account address, please use that one. Thank you!

Required reading:

The Earthwise Herbal, A Complete Guide to New World Medicinal Plants, by Matthew Wood

(Please note that there is another book by the same author with a similar title, but is Old World Plant Medicines. Be sure to get the orangish colored book with the correct title.)

Books from the Beginners class will also be used. They are as follows:

A Modern Herbal, Volume I and II, by Maude Greive (you may purchase these books, or visit http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/mgmh.html to access the book online for assigned readings)

Course Outline

Class 1Introduction and Materia medica for and basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System

Nervous System: Stress is an ever present force in our world. And the question isn’t how we eliminate it, it’s how we support our body when it’s influence adversely affects our health. In this class on the nervous system, we will study the different parts of the nervous system and examine the short and long term affects of stress and trauma on the body. We will then learn to assess and formulate for dysfunctional patters that result from stress.

Class 2Nervous System: Formulating for Maladies

We will learn to formulate for following: anxiety, stress with immune depression, stress with digestive upsets, insomnia, and general chronic, low-grade nervousness.

Class 3Materia medica for and basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Digestive System

Digestive System and the Liver: All skillful herbalists know that good digestion, proper assimilation of nutrients, and a body capable of dealing with the toxic load of modern day life are important elements of wellness. In this class, we will discuss herbal strategies to support acute and chronic illnesses and imbalances of the digestive system and the liver. We will cover: the basics of digestion and assimilation, talk about the livers role in assisting digestion, and apply herbal strategies and formulas to improve digestive imbalances and the health of the liver.

Class 4Digestive System: Formulating for Maladies

If time allows, we will learn how to formulate for the following: Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, acute or chronic gastritis, gastric ulcers, dyspepsia/indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, general gas and bloating, Candida, constipation, diarrhea

Class 5 and 6-Liver

The liver has hundreds of jobs. In this class, we will focus on the role of this amazing organ in digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and its ability to breakdown and eliminate waste.

Our Materia medica will focus on general health and wellness of the liver, as well as support for the following maladies: anemia, poor fat digestion, how to recognize and support liver deficiency or excess, jaundice, and heavy metal poisoning. 


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