Do you want to overcome your overwhelm, boredom and confusion about Chinese herbalism so you can be a force of transformation in the lives of your patients?
There’s a simple secret at the heart of learning Chinese herbs well enough to help your patients at the deepest level, every time. It’s honestly not much of a secret, though, because it’s right there in the stories and texts that lie at the foundation of Chinese medicine.
The secret? Engage your whole self in the learning, and never stop.
Unfortunately – most of our Chinese herbs education doesn’t take this secret seriously. In general, Chinese herbs are taught in much the same way algebra, world history, physiology and any other subject. The herbs are reduced to category, a few actions, maybe a flavor and temperature. Even the best professors find the material difficult to teach – there’s just so much of it, and it’s hard to know how to deliver it in a way that really lights a fire in students – thus the “data point” model has become the norm. Herbs are fascinating, living, transformative things – and most people know that right away when they begin their study.
The data point model of learning herbs simply sucks the life out of the subject
Some students drop out. Some simply check out. Even worse, the most engaged and excited students get to clinic and find they just don’t know how to prescribe the herbs. Many fall back on just a couple of formulas or patents, and don’t dare to go beyond, despite knowing that deep power resides in the “beyond.”
I had the same problem
While I found the tests in school to be pretty easy, and my professor was a wonderful man full of great clinical gems, I found myself losing passion. From the first day I noticed that, I made it my quest to wake each day completely excited out of my mind to learn more about herbs. Later, as a practitioner, I taught classes about Chinese herbs – which I do to this day. In creating that class from the ground up, I learned what worked and what didn’t work.
Gradually, the Shennong Method was born
Eventually, I realized that what I’d built was really a unique method for learning Chinese herbs that I could teach anyone (and I actually was teaching everyone who would listen).
Want to get a little taste of the course? Of course you do – here’s the very first video of the course – free!
Ready to dive in?
14 NCCAOM PDA credits are pending for this course
Who should take this course?
No matter your level of basic knowledge about Chinese herbs, you can benefit from this course. I have taught people with 20 years of clinical experience, folks just getting started on their Chinese medicine journey, as well as people currently in the throes of their formal Chinese medicine education. All have found tremendous transformation in their understanding.
- Neal J. Sivula, DVM, PhD, FAAVA Dancing Paws Animal Wellness Center Richfield, Ohio, USA
- Compelling educational video, with audio versions that you can take anywhere
- Text resources to expand your learning and clue you in to other perspectives
- Assessments and other activities to help you cement what you learn
- Reading lists to help you connect to the wider world of information
- Access to members-only forums to help you connect with people like you worldwide
- Access to mentorship calls, several times a year, to ask ME questions and hear the questions of your peers (all recorded, and you have access to all past mentorship calls)
- Permanent access to the course for as long as the site exists (all resources are fully downloadable!)
- Access to ongoing updates to the course, made 2-4 times annually
- 14 NCCAOM CEU credits
What does it cost? Only $297 for everything
For everything above, and exclusive bonuses & ongoing updates to the course, available for only $197. You will have unlimited access to the materials and support via email for any technological or content-related questions you may have.
Ready to jump in?
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Module 1 : The intro to Chinese herbs you should have received
- The truth about the stuff you have to memorize
- Digging into your own learning style, so that Chinese herb learning fits YOU
- How to access an unlimited resource of inspiration, excitement and deep wisdom (for virtually free)
Module 2 : Keys to unlocking the Classical Chinese medicine perspective & making it work for you
- Why the classics are not just foundational, but instructional (and how)
- How to keep the classics as living documents that are accessible to you
- How the Classical texts look at Chinese herbs, and how you should work with them
Module 3 : The Relational Method and the First Step : Open Your Eyes
- See how leveraging your most natural skills will make REALLY KNOWING herbs a joy
- Figure out the real use of “the doctrine of signatures”
- Discover how much information your eyes are trying to give you (but you’re ignoring)
- Discover the hidden clues of botany, and how they can help you remember what you need to remember
Module 4 : Please touch! Why your hands are more powerful than you think
- Why you’re just going to have to get dirty
- How to repurpose your acupuncture skills for the purpose of learning herbs
- Sans? Wans? Tangs? What does it matter? (And why do I have to do it myself?)
Module 5 : Taste, smell & body as laboratory
- A brief guide to poisoning yourself 10,000 times, safely
- All the practical information you should have received in herbs class, and didn’t
- Finally understand flavors, and the way they differ from tastes
- Guidance how to get beyond “herb actions” and actually understand what herbs DO (and why!)
Module 6 : Asking questions about Chinese herb names
- Begin to understand how to decode the information contained in Chinese herb names
- See how the English, Latin and Chinese names give different, but complementary information
- Learn a workflow that takes you from a name in a book to a deeper, symbolic understanding of any Chinese herb
Module 7 : Digging into lifeworlds – Chinese herb lifecycles
- Using our internal sense to work with the development of Chinese herbs
- Understanding how plant part influences how we use a Chinese herb
Module 8: More lifeworld – the impact of external environment & ecology
- What do the basic Western biological sciences have to teach us about Chinese herbs
- How can working with herbs as growing plants teach us how to use them in clinic?
- What’s weather got to do with it?
Module 9 : Working with relationships – categories and basic combination theory
- How a concept of herbs as having “friends and family” really helps them make sense to us as social beings
- How typical Chinese herb categories help and hinder our understanding
- Why working with basic herb combinations helps us ground deeper into our sensory experience
Module 10 : Essential formula science & deeper into combining
- The incredible intricacy and power of Chinese herbal formula theory
- How to leverage the basics of Chinese formulas to come to a relational understanding of single herbs
- Why formulas are the essential unit of Chinese herbalism – and what that means for everything else in this course
Module 11 : Bringing it all together and understanding “herb actions”
- Looking at the standard concept of herb actions in the light of what we’ve learned
- How to use all of our skills to come up with concise documents that distill the deep information we’ve gathered
- Tips and tricks about contextualizing, growing and animating all of this material
- All of the sessions will include text worksheets and other materials that you can interact with in hardcopy format
- All of the video sessions will include audio transcripts so you can listen to them on your MP3 player or even burn them to CD, making your education portable and allowing you to interact with the material as many times as you like
Further, the method I am teaching is so inspiring, and my passionate delivery so pervasive, I think you’ll find the course to be surprisingly engaging! It may transform your idea of what is possible in education!
Have any final questions? Feel free to email me, but find below a list of the most commonly asked questions. Just click the link to see the answer.
Now is the time to step on the path to inspiration, knowledge and clinical efficacy