West Meets East: the Eastern Energetics of Western Herbs
with Wheels Darling, L.Ac, MSOM
@ The Vital Compass
5412 N Williams ave, Portland OR
Have you wanted to learn about Western herbs? Do you want to expand your knowledge of the Western Materia/Medica? Would you like to integrate TCM and Classical Chinese herbal Medicine theories with Western pathophysiology and Western herbs? Perhaps you already know about Western herbs and would like to learn how they fit into to East Asian Medicine's therapeutic theory and treatment strategies. Would you like to be sure your TCM prescriptions will interact well with any Western herbs your patients may be taking? This series* of classes will teach all of this and more.
*Each class may be taken separately, but participants are strongly encouraged to take the full series.
Part 1: Western herbs for Dispersing Wind and Clearing Heat
Sunday May 14th, 2017 | 2pm-6pm REGISTER
We will discuss how TCM herb energetics (temperature, directionality, flavor, and organ systems) correlate to Western pharmaceutical actions.
Materia/Medica categories covered: Disperse Wind, clear Qi level heat, clear Blood level heat, clear toxic heat, clear deficient heat. In other words, we will learn about diaphoretic, antimicrobial, antifungal, herpetic, bitter, antiseptic, and antiviral herbs. Students will taste each herb we study.
Part two: Western herbs for the Middle Jiao, draining Damp, and dissolving Phlegm
Sunday September 17th, 2017| 2pm-6pm| REGISTER
We'll discuss Qi, Blood, Yin, Yang, the 4 levels and the 6 stages of disease. How do these perspectives correlate to Western pathophysiology? Materia/Medica categories covered: dissolve Phlegm, transform Dampness, drain Dampness, stop cough, and digestives. In other words, we'll study antitussive, anti-catarrhal, diuretic, carminative, aperitive, aperient, and some aromatic herbs. Students will taste each herb we study.
Part three: Western herbs for regulating Qi, stopping bleeding, and invigorating blood
Sunday October 15th, 2017 | 2pm-6pm | REGISTER
We'll discuss chemical constituents, medicine delivery methods, and organ systems. How do these correlate to pathophysiology and Western pharmaceutical actions? Materia/Medica categories covered: regulate Qi, stop bleeding, activate Blood, and warm the interior. In other words, we'll investigate some anti-inflammatory, antihemorrhagic, analgesic, emmenagogue, hemostatic, and some alterative herbs. Students will taste each herb we study.
Part four: Safety, Ethics and Western herbs for tonifying Qi, Blood, Yin, and Yang
Sunday November 19th, 2017| 2pm-6pm| REGISTER
We'll discuss herb interactions, contraindications, safety, and ethics in herbal prescribing then delve into our Materia/Medica for the day. Materia/Medica covered: tonics of Qi, Blood, Yin,and Yang. In other words, we'll survey more alterative, emollient, demulcent, and tonic herbs. Students will taste each herb we study.
Part five: Western herbs for calming Shen, opening orifices, extinguishing Wind, and expelling parasites
Sunday January 14th, 2018 |2pm-6pm| REGISTER
We will discuss formulation strategies and techniques. Materia/Medica categories covered: astringents, calm Shen, open orifices, extinguish Wind, and expel parasites. In other words, we'll look at nervines, sedatives, analeptics, relaxants, and antiparasitics. During the conclusion of this series we will bring this system together to prescribe balanced and focused formulas.
Wheels Darling is an herbalist, acupuncturist, health educator, and researcher. She practices at Althea Clinic in downtown Portland. Her approach to medicine and research calls upon her training in East Asian Medicine, Western Herbalism, nutrition, queer and feminist theories, and critical analysis of how systematic oppression affects individual and community health. Her lifelong commitment to natural medicine draws her to the places where modern research intersects with time-tested folk traditions and classical natural medicine strategies. You can learn more about Wheels at wheelsdarling.com