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Tissue State Herb Course: Fall 2013

Hooray for the Tissue State Class! This Fall, I will be running the Tissue State course.  The course will be 8 classes long, on Tues. nights beginning in Nov.  

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 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.

Course Details

Place: My House

Day: Tues nights

Class dates: Nov. 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7, 14, 28

Time: 6:30-9 pm.

Please leave a message at the bottom of this post if you’re interested in enrolling.

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.

Cost: $375

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?

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.

Again, please leave a message at the bottom of this post if you’re interested in receiving or an application form.


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  • Lynn

    Wondering if you’ve ever thought of making this an online class?

    • Hello Lynn! Thanks for asking. Just today I think I worked out how I will offer it online and live at the same time. I have done it with Google video chat in the past. We now have a TV that a computer can be hooked up to in the same room class happens in. I’ll email you an application. Let me know if you’re serious. I offer this course about every other year, demand dependent. Thanks again.

  • guest

    Dear Kathy, I just read that you will be accepting 9 distance students in this class. I’m very interested and would appreciate it if you could email me more details. Thank you!

    • Thanks for writing!  I am, indeed, accepting 9 distance learners.  I will email you the details on Monday, after the Matt Wood Workshop.  Warm wishes, Kathy

  • Kara Donovan-Guido

    I am interested in enrolling. Please send me more information. Thanks! Kara karadg@hotmail.com

  • Raka

    I am interested! Are you still thinking of Fall 2015 for this? I sure hope so. You classes are fabulous!