Chinese Medicine : Dietary Principles and Intro to Herbs

A 12-hour course

4 Week Course

October 10-31, Sundays 5:30-8:30pm

Zen Shiatsu grows out of the ancient intellectual traditions of Chinese Medicine, and the practice of acupuncture and herbalism.

In our 96-hour Chinese Medicine curriculum, we do an in-depth study of these traditions, to understand the place of Zen Shiatsu within the greater context of Chinese Medicine and learn to communicate fluently with other professionals in the field.

White is the color of the metal phase which pertains to the Lungs and its taste is pungent. What does this really mean?

5 phase correspondences are not just clues for identifying a person’s type. Most importantly, they describe the energetic relationships between different qualities that give rise to states of being and offers ways by which they can be changed. They explain states of health and disease and offers avenues for healing.

Central to an understanding of Chinese medicine is the idea that the whole is contained in the part and that the part reflects the whole. Hence, a symptom gives clue to the functioning of the whole organism which can be affected by treating a single acupoint. These relationships are active not only within the microcosm of the individual body but also between organisms across species and between the cosmos and the individual life. This matrix of ideas provides the rationale for herbalism and clarifies the significance of five phase correspondences.

In this course you will learn about herbs and their functions by studying their colors, tastes, smells, shapes, and names. You will learn the basic Chinese Medicine dietary principles and food energetics,  deepening your understanding of 5 phase ideas.

This class is open only to students enrolled in our complete Shiatsu Certification Program.