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APPROVED FOR CA CEU
MARCH 5 - 8, 2021 (FRI - MON)
Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is an immensely complex and powerful modality. In modern times, the typical methods of introducing Chinese herbal medicine have been streamlined and simplified and are heavily influenced by the Western pharmaceutical model. However, this is not how herbal medicine used to be taught.
Traditionally, if you wanted to become an herbalist, you needed a much deeper understanding of herbs that goes beyond simple categorizations or memorizing book knowledge. The initial stages of learning involved creating a more intimate understanding of herbs. Where possible the apprentice would gain experience in identifying and gathering herbs, carefully observing not only the herb itself, but the environment it lives in. The apprentice would also take the various herbs internally and observe one’s own experiences with them.
While having a more intimate knowledge of each herb was important, much of an apprentices time was spent observing and assisting the master. First, the apprentice would observe how herbs worked together in formulas. Just as you can’t know a person until they interact with others, different qualities of herbs come out depending on their interaction with other herbs. The same is true as different people take the same herbal combination. The person is like an additional herb to the energetic environment you are creating with the combination. Preparation (pao zhi) of herbs was another skill that was simultaneously cultivated.
This year long program (16 sessions) is designed to communicate herbal medicine in as close to the traditional way as we can. As Jeffrey stated, “the goal of this course is to teach herbs the way they were traditionally taught …the way I learned."
March 5 - 8, 2021: Introduction, Early Chinese Healers, Etiology of Bing-Diseases, Common Ailments, Formative Development of Herbalism, Materia Medica (Ben Cao), Significance of Fang-Prescriptions.
DECEMBER 5 - 7, 2020 (SAT - MON)
Shamanic Origins of Classical Chinese Medicine: Manipulating the External Terrain
In this class, Jeffrey Yuen will explore the shamanistic techniques of external manipulation and how we can influence the vibrations of the surrounding environment. As with internal training, the manipulation of the external environment had different levels. First, we explore the manipulation of the external environment through vibration, specifically through ritual movements. Next the prescribed external movements are replaced by spontaneous movements that are generated from internal cultivation. Finally the cultivator realizes that the border between the internal and external (the physical body), is an illusion and that internal and external are one. At this stage the shaman was believed to be able to directly manipulate the external environment merely through thought or intention. This training formed the basis of the Chinese medical technique of using intention within acupuncture and other techniques. It also formed the basis for Chinese medical qigong.
While attendance at prior classes may be helpful, each weekend covers specific aspects of shamanic contributions to Chinese medicine and is a subject in and of itself.
** LIVE-STREAMING AVAILABLE
EVENT DATES & TIME:
DECEMBER 5 - 7, 2020
Lecture: 10am - 6:30pm (EST)
**Please note that this and all other seminars given by AUCM are recorded. Methods used may include audio, video or still photography. Because audience members ask questions or participate as subjects in the seminars, and because recording may include audience members, AUCM requires that, as a precondition to signing up for any AUCM sponsored classes, all attendees consent, without restriction, to being recorded in whatever form recording is occurring by AUCM at the seminar. Attendees must further agree that all rights, including all intellectual property rights, to such recordings (and to all derivative works of such recordings in whatever form), shall belong exclusively to AUCM. Attendees will not be compensated in any way for providing the above permission or for releasing any rights to recordings; rather it is a precondition to attend the seminars.
***For Livestream Participants: While we are taking reasonable precautions to keep the live stream video up and running (including redundant connections, computers, etc.) there is always a possibility of technical failure. In the event of a technical failure, any parts that are not streamed properly will be made available to the live stream participants as soon as we are able to get the recorded video uploaded to Vimeo within a months time. If they are small areas that are not demonstrations, we may upload audio only so we can get it up quickly. Due to the additional expenses we have in offering this, we are unable to offer any refunds based on technical problems. However those signed up as live stream participants will be able to view any missed video online. We do not have plans to offer this series for CEU"s online at the moment, therefore, live stream may be the only way to participate remotely in these classes.
****Taping/Recording of the lectures will not be permitted.
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