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Single Herb Tasting & Discussion

Referencing the Shen Nong Ben Cao & 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 traditional practitioners who were born and educated prior to 1949. Seeing these older doctors effectively treat acute and chronic conditions in their clinics and studying the classic texts with them in their homes revolutionized her understanding of Chinese medicine. Their clinical skills and perspective were a drastic contrast to her previous training in the West.

This experience encouraged JulieAnn to continue post graduate studies in the Chinese university system, focusing her doctoral thesis on the classical application of herbs. JulieAnn feels that herbs are wonderfully practical and incredibly effective, and hopes to encourage more of the TCM community to use herbs as a principle component of treatment. JulieAnn and husband Andrew moved back to the United States in 2014, and opened a teaching clinic in Asheville, NC. They teach internationally, and are vocal advocates of classically-based, clinically-focused, tangible and effective Chinese medicine.


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