Steven Horne has been teaching about Chinese herbs and NSP's Chinese herbal products for over 30 years. He has found the Chinese philosophy to be extremely valuable in understanding how to help people recover their health. He recently taught the Secrets of Chinese Herbs class prior to the NSP Convention and had such a great response he decided to offer it as a webinar so everyone could have a chance to participate.
The class will teach you how powerful understanding the basic principles of TCM can be. Concepts like as Qi, Yin and Yang and the Chinese five elements will help you to rapidly recognize when a person needs any of NSP's powerful TCM formulas. Here's the outline of everything you'll learn in this course.
Lesson One: Fundamental Concepts in TCM
Like all traditional systems of medicine, TCM has an underlying energetic philosophy. In this first lesson we’ll look at the basic concepts on which TCM is built such as qi (chi), yin and yang, and the five elements. We’ll discuss why these concepts are important and explain them in easy to understand ways. We’ll also discuss applications of these principles to diagnosis and therapy (such as heat and cold, excess and deficient, internal and external). We’ll introduce the concepts of the three humors (energy, blood and moisture) and the three treasures (qi, jing and shen). We’ll also talk about the six pernicious evils and the eight treatment methods. Finally, we’ll discuss key treatment principles from TCM. These principles are valuable for any herbalist to understand because they help you use herbs in a safe and effective manner.
Lesson Two: The Five Elements and Constitutional Types
NSP’s Chinese herb line is primarily built around the five Chinese elements and their associated constitutional types, so in our second lesson, we’ll start by discussing the concept of energetic systems (or elements) and constitutional types. We’ll talk about the concept of excess and deficient and the reducing (cleansing) and nourishing (building) therapies used to correct them. The bulk of the class will be spent on a detailed discussion of the five Chinese elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and their associated constitutional types. We’ll learn the Chinese organ systems, emotions and characteristics associated with each element and introduce the basic Chinese and Western formulas that balance the excess and deficient conditions in each element.
Lesson Three: Chinese Diagnostic Methods
Being able to make a correct assessment of the client is essential to knowing what herbs, formulas and lifestyle changes they need to make. In lesson three we’ll discuss the eight principles of diagnosis and introduce you to the basics of tongue and pulse analysis. All traditional systems of medicine have relied heavily on pulse diagnosis. Pulse diagnosis is difficult to master, but the basics we’ll discuss in this lesson aren’t hard to learn or apply. Tongue analysis is easier to learn and very helpful for any herbalist in assessing the basic biological terrain of client. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started using this very simple, but powerful assessment tool.
Lesson Four: TCM Herbal Energetics and Tonic Herbs
Traditional systems of medicine classify remedies according to their taste and basic qualities like heating or cooling, moistening or drying. In lesson four, we’ll cover the five Chinese tastes and their energetic properties. We’ll also introduce the idea of meridian channels herbs affect and the idea of inferior and superior medicine. We’ll discuss the difference between a stimulating adaptogen and a nourishing tonic as well. The bulk of the class will be spent talking about major tonic herbs used in TCM: Korean ginseng, American ginseng, Eleuthero root, dong quai, Cordyceps, astragalus, Schizandra and gynostema. We’ll also include a discussion of the Ayurvedic tonic Ashwaganda as a bonus.
Lesson Five: Major Chinese Herbs
This lesson will continue with our discussion of major single herbs used in TCM. We’ll discuss amur cork tree, atractylodes, baical skullcap, bupleurum, chrysanthemum, cinnamon, citrus peel, corydalis, dandelion, eucommia, ginger, ginkgo, isatidis, he shou wu, licorice, noni (Morinda), peony, platycodon, poria, reishi or ganoderma, rehmannia, teasel root, zizyphus (jujube date), tribulus and wolfberry (lycium). You’ll learn about their taste and Chinese actions, the channels they enter (organs they affect) and their principle uses.
Lesson Six: Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulas
In this lesson we’ll learn about NSP’s 16 major Chinese herbal formulas, plus some other NSP products that utilize Chinese herbs: Anti-Gas Formula, Blood Stimulator, Breathe Activator, Chi Formula, HY-C, IF-C, KB-C, Kidney Activator, Liver Balance, Lung Support, Mood Elevator, Nervous Fatigue Formula, Spleen Activator, Stress Relief, Trigger Immune and VS-C. Well also talk about Mineral Chi Tonic and Nature’s Noni.
Live webinars will be held on June 14, July 5, 12, 19 and August 2, 9 at 8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain and 5:00 Pacific time. All webinars will be recorded and recordings, handouts and other materials will be made available to students online.
Cost for this six session class is $150 and includes the 138 page Secrets of Chinese Herbs manual co-authored by Steven Horne and KP Khalsa.
Register by May 31 and save $30. Herbiverse members receive an additional 10% off the class price.