Nei Jing Herbal Medicine

The Nei Jing outlines the flavor and nature of herbs as the defining factor of prescription.

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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 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.

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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 herbal medicine as a principle treatment. Learn more about Nugent-Head's seminars around the world at and their teaching clinic in Asheville, NC at

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