The Classical Herbalist: an Online Herbal Training Course (old)

PLEASE NOTE while this course is still available on this page for participants who previously enrolled in it, The Classical Herbalist: An Online Herbal Training Program has been redone and will only be available going forward on our Online Learning Site. We are in the final stages of setting up the site, and once live it will be available from a link on our home page.




Classical Herbalist Course Table of Contents:

Course Participant Section

Handout: The 365 Herbs of the Shen Nong Ben Cao

Shanghan Lun Dosage Possibilities

Sun Simiao Qian Jin Yi Fang Table of Contents

Module 01: Foundation & Evolution of Herb Usage

Module 02: Herb Usage in the Shanghan Lun

Module 03: Herb Usage in the Jin Kui Yao Lue

 Module 04: Sun Simiao’s Qian Jin Yi Fang

Module 05: Famous Doctors of the Jin & Yuan Dynasties

Module 06: Wen Bing Theories & Formulas

Module 07: Herb Usage in Modern Times

Single Herb Discussions

Single Herb Discussions is the ongoing final section of the Classical Herbalist online training program. On this page, JulieAnn goes through an herb by herb single herb discussion. Each week, she brews a single herb for our clinic practitioners to taste and discuss, and then at the end of the week we film her discussing both what the classic books state and what our personal opinions are on the flavor and nature (and thus clinical use of!) of the herb.

Go to the Single Herb Discussions page (will open in a new window)




The Classical Herbalist: An Online Training Course taught by JulieAnn Nugent-Head

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 the use of set formulas with minor modifications for all conditions. In this program, 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, then put into application by the great practitioners throughout history. Looking at herbs individually as well as within formulas, and looking at formulas individually as well as by their additions and subtractions, this course removes the mystery of herbs. It is designed to create confident, skilled herbalists capable of using classic formulas and creating their own formulas to obtain tangible results in a safe and effective manner.

Please note this program is either a live attendance or distance learning program. Live participants will have tasting sessions of single herbs and formulas as well as be able to ask questions during the module itself.  Recordings of each seminar will be posted within 72 hours for distance learning participants to view on demand.

Module 01: The Foundations & Evolution of Chinese Herbalism

Module 01 lays out the foundations of Chinese herbal medicine which come from the Nei Jing. Classical herbalism is defined by understanding that flavor and nature dictate an herb’s actions and indications, and are the primary consideration for its usage. This module also introduces the importance of the Shen Nong Ben Cao, its methodology of herb classification and explanations of herb usage. Finally, Module 01 finishes with an examination of the evolution of the materia medicas through Chinese history, when and what changes happened, and the significance it has had on the contemporary study of herbs today.

Module 02 & 03: The Herbs & Formulas of Zhang Zhongjing

Modules 02 & 03 provides and in depth look at formulas recorded by the father of clinical herbalism, Zhang Zhongjing. By examining the single herbs and formulas in the Shanghan Lun and the Jin Kui Yao Lue, we grasp the importance of flavor and nature in herbal selection and formula modification to remove the mystery of these most important formulas in clinical practice.

Module 04: The formulae & outline of Sun Simiao’s Qian Jin Yi Fang

Module 04 marks The Tang and Song Dynasties as both a high point for Chinese medicine as well as the end of the Classical Period. This is the time of the Wai Tai and Sun Simiao, as well as the great gatherings and revisions of older texts and formulas from ancient times into the editions we have today. Looking at the books of this time to treat OBGYN, pediatrics, and other specialties, we can see the application of flavor and nature to these specific conditions as well as the shift in herbal perception itself.

Module 05: The Four Famous Doctors of the Jin & Yuan Dynasties

Module 05 charts the end of the Song Dynasty and the rise of the first schools or styles of Chinese medicine. Founded by four different doctors during the Jin and Yuan Dynasties, we see the creation of what is commonly called the Spleen School, the Fire School, the Yin Deficiency School and the Purging School. Module 04 examines their strategies and formulas to see the evolution of herbal use to a style of practice instead of the traditional classic model.

Module 06: From the Wen Bing to Modern Chinese Medicine

Module 06 examines The Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Wen Bing both as a theory and as a style of practice. It also marked the influence of western medicine in China, which grew with the establishment of the Republic of China and completely changed the way herbs were taught and used within the educational system. Module 05 examines both the formulas and strategies of the Wen Bing School as well as how herbs are taught and used modern, along with a final commentary on the push to return to classical herbalism happening today.

Module 07: Herb Usage in Modern Times

Module 07 discusses the history and changing perspectives in China over the last 250 years that have led to an action and chemical component focus of herbal medicine today.