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Wellness vs. Disease: Clinical Application of the Shen Nong Ben Cao (SNBC)

Friday, 10/26 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Practitioners will learn the tripartite organization of the Shen Nong Ben Cao (SNBC) and how it defines the application of herbs for preventing illness, treating symptoms or affecting disease. Practitioners will also learn how the tripartite organization defines the dosage of herbs and will discuss examples from each category of upper, middle, and lower herbs along with clinical applications. Qing dynasty practitioner Chen Xiuyuan said that the study of Chinese medicine was actually quite easy, yet today, herbal medicine is seen as either incredibly academic or encourages the use of set formulas without modification. In this workshop, JulieAnn Nugent-Head outlines how the Shen Nong Ben Cao (SNBC) provides clear guidance to application of herbs for longevity, mild symptoms and disease. By its tripartite organization, the SNBC clarifies herb dosage and appropriate length of treatment. Discussing specific herbs from each category as well as clinical case examples, participants will come away from this lecture with a clear and applicable understanding of herbs for wellness and disease.

JulieAnn Nugent-Head

JulieAnn completed her master’s degree in Oriental medicine and opened a private practice in Boulder Colorado. Feeling that her USA based training was not sufficient to treat the seriously ill, JulieAnn spent the summers of 2004 and 2005 in internships at Kuan Jie hospital in Beijing. These internships only further emphasized the necessity for dedicated & long term medical residency. JulieAnn moved to China full time in 2006 to learn Chinese and study under two of Beijing’s most famous practitioners Dr Li Hongxiang (1924- ) and Dr Chen Tongyun (1922 -). During the next 8 years while working with these great teachers, JulieAnn provided medical care to the migrant workers and expat population of Beijing. Escaping the pollution of Beijing after the birth of her third child, JulieAnn & Andrew relocated to the rural tea mountains of Hangzhou, living amongst the simple farmers of the Dragon Well tea village. While in Hangzhou, JulieAnn completed her doctorate level medical degree in Chinese Medicine at the Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine. JulieAnn’s emphasis on the classical perspective of Chinese herb use has resulted in three published articles in the Journal of Chinese medicine. She teaches a 60 hour online herbal program to reframe the modern application of Chinese herbs. JulieAnn lectures internationally and treats patients locally in Asheville, NC.


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