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ICEAM New York


March 2019

New York – An Example of the Vertical Instruction Method for Canonical Herbs and Formulas

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
ICEAM New York, 110 Williams Street, 19th floor
New York, NY 10038 United States
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By Arnaud Versluys, PhD, LAc Sunday, March 10th Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York 110 William St, 19th Floor New York, NY 10038 Course Description: Much has changed in the way Chinese formulas and herbs are taught since the Han dynasty. Chinese herbal formula curricula have devolved into an arbitrary hodgepodge of largely unrelated prescriptions designed or used by countless historical figures who lived and worked in various different regions throughout Chinese medicine’s eighteen centuries of historical development. Yet it is wrongfully taught as some sort of coherent clinical system. But this didactic method all but guarantees confusion in the student’s mind and ensures certain failure in their future clinical practice. Originating from a steadfast loyalty to the classical methods of practice and instruction, Dr. Versluys will illustrate how formulas and single herbs are better taught in service of improved understanding and consequent greater successful clinical application. The vertical instruction method uses a single canonical formula as its starting point, and first dissects its ingredients, which are analyzed using Han dynasty single herbs knowledge, such as flavor and qi theory from the Huangdi Neijing, and entries from the Shennong Bencao Jing, etc. Next, the formula is presented starting from…

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