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Qing Dynasty practitioner Chen Xiuyuan said that the study of Chinese medicine was actually quite easy. Yet today, herbal medicine is either seen as incredibly academic, or promotes the use of set formulas with minor modifications. In this short lecture, JulieAnn Nugent-Head returns us to the way herbs were studied and understood by our medical ancestors: from the perspective of flavor and nature as laid out in the Nei Jing.
This course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board & the NCCAOM for 2.5 continuing education credit hours. Completion of all course videos and an 80% or greater score on the end of course test will automatically generate a certificate of completion to be used toward licensure requirements.
JulieAnn earned a master's degree in Chinese Medicine, and opened private practice, yet quickly felt that her education was not sufficient to confidently treat serious illness.
Summer internships in Beijing's KuanJie Hospital during 2003 & 2004 offered a drastic contrast to her western education, and illustrated the need for an in-depth residency under doctors who received impressive results.
JulieAnn moved to Beijing in 2006 to formally study Chinese, and study under two "last generation practitioners" who were born and educated prior to 1949. Seeing these older doctors treat acute and chronic conditions in their clinics was inspiring. During this time, JulieAnn also benefitted from education in classical Chinese, as her teachers agreed to work with the Association for Traditional Studies documentation project; reading and explaining the classic books of Chinese medicine. Going through the Shanghan Lun character by character, often pulling out dictionaries, calligraphy brushes, clinical and personal stories to illustrate the text brought this and other books to life.
JulieAnn can never properly thank her teachers for the time and knowledge they shared with her.
JulieAnn completed a doctorate level medical degree at the ZheJiang Chinese Medicine University, focusing on the classical application of herbs. She feels that herbs are wonderfully practical and incredibly effective, and hopes to encourage more of the TCM community to understand herbs with classical perspsectives and 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 are vocal advocates of classically based, clinically focused, tangible and effective Chinese medicine.