Masterful Herb Pairing in Chinese Herbal Medicine
Classical approaches to understanding herb pair dynamics as a basis for high level prescription writing
In this session you have the opportunity to develop your abilities in Chinese medicine practice by improving you understanding of the dynamics of herb pairings. This has been at the core of practice since the Han dynasty and is absolutely central to masterful practice of this medicine. After a brief look at the way that classical practice emerged out of the earlier folk use of medicinals we follow the development of herb pair theories arose from the first discussions in the Shen Nong Ben Cao (circa +100 ) through to modern times.
You will learn the various doctrines behind herb pairs and can access my translations of some classical writings that illustrate the way these dynamics work. By the endof this session you will gain an inner sense of the aesthetic of pairs. This will be very valuable in gaining deeper insights into classic formulas, as well as allowing you to become more elegant, knowing and focussed in the way that you adjust and trim your formulas. Much of the material presented here has come from my own reflection and study of the medical traditions of China over the last 35 years.
I am a UK-based clinician, educator and author on classical acupuncture and Chinese medicine with diverse other interests including science, cognition and PR.
As a med school physiologist in the 1970’s fate led me to explore the neurobiology research into acupuncture’s mechanisms, this triggered a career shift and I began formal Classical acupuncture and CHM study in 1981.
A decade later joined the faculty at a lead UK TCM college and worked variously as senior lecturer, CHM course director and master’s supervisor. In 2000 I gained my MSc on the scientific investigation of TCM medical models and served on the British Acupuncture Council’s (BAcC) research committee as well as gaining experience as MSc External Examiner for various UK universities. Presenting regularly across the EU for 3 decades, I have published numerous papers on our medicine and have a textbook in print on the historical development of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.I have long been saddened by the resistance our profession has faced and so have been drawn to investigate the dark arts
of PR, branding and belief change. In recent years I havecontributed to platforms such as the EBA and ANF.