Learning Herbs – Chinese Medicine School Style, and Jing Jie

February 28th, 2011 § 6 comments

I am in 2 of 12 terms in school. The pace at which we learn things is incredible.  Study a subject  for one week and dynamixevolution.com bam! you are expected to know everything (yes, this is an overstatement) about the muscles of the thigh, the Spleen meridian, the integument system, and (as luck would have it) certain categories of herbs. Tomorrow is we use it fast levitra out first herb test, which will consist of answering questions about the 14 herbs we learned in the “Warm Herbs that Release the http://www.freakouts.com/u-5674-cialis Exterior” category.

Starting in 2002, I regularly studied herbs in earnest. That meant that on most day of the week, I read about, tasted, looked at, sat with, thought of, gardened, identified and wildcrafted, and took notes about the herbs that I was studying. Since I was in a self-education situation, I tended to migrate towards herbs that myself or my friends and family needed. There is the time to only best offers viagra or cialis sit and digest  (literally and figuratively) all the information and subtleties about the plants.

With all the ways I studied herbs, I never though to add memorization to my ways of understanding herbs.

But now I have to.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t seek to be centered and connected to the plants I am learning about. We have samples of the herbs to gaze at, nibble, and smell. The texts that we have are amazing at describing the energetic nature of canadian levitra and healthcare'>canadian levitra and healthcare the herb, comparing and thesweetpotato.ca contrasting similar herbs, and using references from the classics. I do work study in the clinic’s herbal dispensary, where I fill bulk and granule formulas, so I get to further familiarize with the herbs as I see them in formulas, and I did some gardening in the herbal garden in the beginning of the year.

One thing I like to szarza.pl do that I don’t really have a chance to do is taste the herbs. I could find a way to get some, but the seattleagainstslavery.org school won’t let you but herbs unless a faculty has signed off on a formula, like a prescription. Apparently it’s a liability issue. This is probably my biggest frustration: HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LEARN ABOUT THE HERBS IF I CAN”T PREPARE AND USE THEM? There, I am done ranting.

Here is a sample of the information we need to know:

Jing Jie (Schizonepata tenuifolia, Lamiaceae)

  • Slightly Warm
  • Acrid
  • Enters the Lung and Liver meridian
  • Dose: 3-10g, short cook
  • ~Relieve exterior syndrome by eliminating wind, promoting skin eruption, stop bleeding.

Indications:

  1. Headache, fever, aversion to cold with no sweating, for either wind-cold or wind-heat.
  2. Itchy skin, urticaria, slow skin eruption in measles.
  3. Epitaxis, hemafecia, urinary bleeding due to various causes.
  4. Early stage of carbuncles or boils with exterior syndrome.

Contraindications:

  1. Deficiency of exterior (wei qi, yin, or deficient heat).
  2. Opens sores.
  3. Absence of pathogenic wind.
  4. Fully erupted measles.

Jing Jie or Schizonepata is very aromatic. A classmate asked if it is related to lavender, because the spikes resemble lavender tops and also because of it’s smell. Indeed, they are in the same family! I think the dried herb smells like a cross between a wild mint that grew next to effektlabor.de stream in Minnesota and sweet pennyroyal, but I bet there are similar species like that all over the world.

I find it odd that Jing Jie is very good site best prices on levitra said to be slightly warm, because as a minty-mint I expect it to be slightly cool, like spearmint (although I can see how peppermint is sometimes considered warm, cool and sometimes both). It is considered to be antipyretic, diaphoretic, antibiotic (the decoction is effective against staph, strep-B, salmonella, Bacillus tubercuili), hemostatic (according to Chen, charred Jing Jie speeds coagulation time by 77%, while regular Jing Jie does by 30%), analgesic, and a bronchiodialator that relieves spasm and wheezing. As you may of cialis or viagra guessed, it is full of volatile oils, along with flavanoids, phenolic acids, and monoterpine glycosides.

Since it is slightly warm, it can be used for both heat and canadian generic levitra online'>canadian generic levitra online cold situations. It is relatively mild all-around, so it doesn’t damage yin, and is not as drying as the other herbs in this category, but it still is drying. According to the texts, the important factor for it’s effectiveness is that wind must be present. Wind is one of the six exogenous (outside) pathogenic factors and is characterized with sudden, acute situations (like colds and flu), aversion to wind,  itching, convulsions, spasms, trembling,as well as stiffness or paralysis (where wind is cheap 25mg viagra internal and not moving).

It can be used with spasms in general, especially muscle spasms. The texts say it is useful for postpartum spasm and muscle cramps. It is featured in many topical formulas for itching or wind attacking the skin like with rashes or eczema.

I able to get an intern to http://seattleagainstslavery.org/order-cheap-viagra sign off on a 10 gram order of this herb for me to try on http://www.chattbike.com/viagra-buying my dog. She has been very itchy, with pretty bad eczema. I made a wrapped Jing Jie and calendula in a thin cotton towel, poured some boiling water over it, and let it steep, covered, for about 30 minuets. Isis (my dog) seemed to like it, but she pretty much always likes compresses. I did notice she was much less itchy for the very good site overnight viagra rest of the night, and the inflammation decreased. I would combine it with comfrey next time, because it was more drying to her than the calendula alone (which is not a particularly demulcent plant itself). I think it might be a good herb to add into a dry, itchy skin salve… and it has been such a long time since I’ve made a salve…

One more thing about Jing Jie. The tea was quite tasty, very aromatic with sweet, warm mint undertones. I am actually surprised that it is not considered “sweet”, because it strikes me as very sweet in both smell and taste. The flavor has a touch of  licorice or stevia sweetness to it. Now that I think about it, the flavor reminds me of many herbs, but anise hyssop, pennyroyal and wild mint come up the most in my mind. Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know. I did experience a little nervine effect, not as pronounced as lavender or lemon balm, more similar to that of spearmint.

Sigh, I suppose I should go back to the best choice cialis studying now…

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§ 6 Responses to Learning Herbs – Chinese Medicine School Style, and Jing Jie"

  • Suzie says:

    You’re learning so much cool stuff! I’m sure it would be nice if it were more experiential and order propica a little less memorization though … you’re going to be an awesome medicine woman.

  • Carey says:

    So you should do very well on Jing Jie at least! You’ve successfully veered my desire away from going the route of viagrabest viagra TCM school to for a more formal training in TCM! Well, that’s a little bit of an over-exaggeration but it is a serious concern. I’m self studying, myself – still – except for more relaxed-style correspondence courses. This would not be a route for me whilst homeschooling my son. Yikes. But well worth it when you’re done I believe. “-) good luck on the test…no more blogging until you’re done, even if we are all benefitting! Always loving your articles. Cheers!

  • celia says:

    Hi Carey, it is nice to hear from you! Thanks for your good luck wish for that test – I did well in the end.

    As I say that I am again struck with the weirdness of being TESTED on herbs.

    I am sorry to scare you away from TCM school! I know, I know, I can’t take all the responsibility… If you are really interested, many schools will work with you to make a schedule that is conducive to only for you cost levitra your life. There are many moms in my program who are only taking 2-3 classes.

    There are so many wonderful home study courses out there, and doing them at your own pace makes them even better.

  • celia says:

    Hi Suzie, you are right – I am going to try to make it less bookish. Somehow. If you have any ideas, let me know… XOXOX

  • ananada says:

    Thanks so much for this post! Coincidentally, I’m also in my 2nd term of Chinese Medicine school (I’m at AOMA), also coming from a Western herbal background now studying TCM, and also studying Jing Jie which I think is one of my first TCM herbal friends. Thank you so much for your post, I really loved it! It is great to have sisterhood on this path.

  • celia says:

    That is crazy that we are at the interrobangdesign.com same point in our schooling, and on the same group of herbs. There must be a method to their madness…starting out with the same herbs. How do http://rbrichardconstruction.com/viagra-online-canada-no-prescription you like school? I hope to write more about Western/Eastern herb comparisons… Take care, Celia

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