Single Herb Tasting & Discussion

Referencing the Shen Nong Ben Cao and major materia medica through history JulieAnn Nugent-Head investigates the quality of single herbs.

Following the advice of the The Ben Cao Bei Yao, we must directly investigate the substances we use to determine their 性 (xing) quality and use them effectively in the clinic.

《本草备要》 “每药先辨其气味形色,次著其所入经络,乃为发明其功用,而以主治之证,具列於后,其所以主治之理,既在前功用之中,不能逐条细注读者详之。”

"Each herb: first differentiate its flavor and nature, form and color. Secondly the channel it enters, then [one can] expound upon its function, and the illness that it treats. [Only after] aligning these abilities, will the herb govern the symptoms."

In this course, JulieAnn Nugent-Head investigates the quality of single herbs one at a time, with reference to the Shen Nong Ben Cao, and major materia medica through history.

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JulieAnn Nugent-Head
JulieAnn Nugent-Head

JulieAnn Nugent-Head lived in China for eight and a half years studying with the last generation of practitioners born and educated prior to 1949. Seeing these traditional doctors effectively treat serious conditions illustrated the profundity and practicality of Chinese medicine. Through the ATS documentation project, JulieAnn benefitted from line by line reading and explanations of the classic books with Dr. Li Hongxiang, which deepened her understanding and brought to life the classical, foundational and common sense paradigm with which Chinese medicine views and attempts to manage illness.

In 2010, to escape the pollution of Beijing, JulieAnn and husband Andrew moved to the Westlake Tea Region of Hangzhou. While living amongst the tea fields, JulieAnn completed a doctoral level medical degree at the Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine, focusing on the classical application of herbs.

JulieAnn is a vocal advocate of classically-based, clinically-focused, tangible and effective Chinese medicine. She feels herbs are practical and accessible, and hopes to encourage more of the western TCM community to employ and customize herbal medicine for their patients. Learn more about seminars around the world at and the Nugent-Head's teaching clinic in Asheville, NC at

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