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Gateway to Chinese Herbalism

  • Five Flavors Herbs, Inc. 344 40th Street Oakland, CA, 94609 United States (map)

Chinese herbal medicine is one of the oldest and most well-documented medical traditions of the world, though many herbalists feel daunted by the unfamiliar philosophical framework. This class aims to deconstruct some of the major concepts used in TCM herbalism, so that one can adopt this sophisticated approach with any Materia Medica. Topics covered will include energetics of plant parts, herbal temperatures, the five flavors, intro to the categories, and formula combining. Some fundamental Chinese medicine principles may be covered, as well as some basic Chinese Materia Medica. Beginning and intermediate Western and Ayurvedic herbalists may find this an exciting gateway class! 

Elena grew up in Lake Tahoe, spending her childhood in the conifer forest. She studied Interdisciplinary Health at the University of California, Santa Cruz, focusing on mental health. There she took her first course in herbal medicine, and found her passion. After her undergrad she continued to study different herbal medicine systems and loved the sophisticated approach of the ancient Chinese herbalists. She enrolled in Traditional Chinese Medicine school and is currently pursuing her doctorate at ACTCM in San Francisco. She works part time as a herbalist at Five Flavors Herbal pharmacy in Oakland and is passionate about supporting clients blossom and spreading the botanical gospel.