SPECIAL GUEST WORKSHOP WITH THOMAS AVERY GARRAN
Mountain Gardens is very pleased to announce a pair of workshops with Thomas Avery Garran—Using Local Herbs in Chinese Medicine, and Grow Chinese Herbs, on July 13 and 14th. Mr. Garran is the author of what are, in my opinion, the two best books (of the eight now available) on the very lively subject of using western herbs in the practice of Chinese medical herbalism: Western Herbs According to Chinese Medicine (Healing Arts Press, 2008) and Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine: Methodology and Materia Medica (Passiflora Press, 2014). He is currently based in Beijing, China and recently completed his PhD at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences: National Center for Materia Medica Resources and Daodi Herbs.
In this half-day workshop we will review all previous efforts to classify western (American & European) herbs in Chinese medicine categories (taste & character, meridians entered, actions & indications), focusing on native medicinal herbs and locally abundant "weeds." In addition to Thomas Avery Garran's experitse on the subject, we have collected eight publications on the topic, plus we’ll be referencing 75+ reports by my students at Daoist Traditions. A particular focus will be native (S. Appalachian) herbs with closely related Chinese species, such as Black cohosh / sheng ma, wild yam / bie xie, Solomon’s seal / yu zhu,American / Asian ginseng, etc. Mountain Gardens offers a unique opportunity to view these herbs in close proximity.