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How to Understand and Use Classical Formulas

I signed up for this course as we were doing classical literature at Uni this semester, but I didn't get a chance to watch this prior to my exam. I wish I had! It would've helped me see SHL in a completely new light!

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The term, “classical formulas (jingfang),” refers to formulas composed in the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). Almost all of the surviving examples of such formulas are found in the two texts by Zhang Ji (ca. 150-219 CE)—the Shanghan lun (Treatise on Cold Damage ) and the Jingui yaolue (Essentials of the Golden Coffer). This course introduces a number of methods of analyzing classical formulas so as to better understand their original purpose, how they can be used in novel ways, and how they can be modified to deal with a wide variety of clinical situations.

Many of these methods have a long history, some going back to the Shanghan lun itself. Others were developed more recently by Shanghan lun scholars and clinicians in China. These methods are illustrated by discussions of particular formulas and case histories. On completing this course, students will have the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and effectively use classical formulas with confidence and precision.

  • Understand the history and distinctive features of classical formulas.
  • Be familiar with the resources available for the study of classical formulas.
  • Understand and be able to apply the concept of formula elements when studying and using classical formulas.
  • Understand and be able to apply the concept of formula patterns when studying and using classical formulas.
  • Understand and be able to apply the concept of pathomechanisms when studying and using classical formulas.
  • Understand and be able to apply the concept of treatment methods (in terms of flavor-qi combinations) when studying and using classical formulas.
  • Understand and be able to apply the concept of formula families when studying and using classical formulas.
  • Be able to continue their study of classical formulas independently.
  • Feel confident in the clinical use of classical formulas.
NCCAOM AOM-CH: 
6.00
Texas Herbal: 
6.00
Massachusetts Herbal Knowledge: 
6.00
Florida General: 
6.00
California Category : 
Category 1

Stephen Boyanton is a scholar and practitioner of Chinese medicine. He is a senior researcher at the Xinglin Institute for Early East Asian Medicine Research and Scholarship (www.xinglininstitute.org) and is finishing a PhD focused on Chinese medical history at Columbia University. Stephen received his BA in anthropology from the University of Florida in 1995, completed an MA in Chinese religious history at the University of Virginia in 2004, and earned an MS in Chinese medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, in 2008. He has spent more than six years living and traveling in China where he has followed senior Chinese clinicians in the clinic and sat in on graduate level courses in Chinese medicine. Most recently he spent the academic year 2011-12 as a Fulbright Fellow at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine 北京中醫藥大學. In addition to his scholarly work and teaching, Stephen maintains a private practice in New York City focused on the use of Chinese herbal medicine.



$150.00 USD

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Great course! Would love to see more seminars on explaining formulas

Great course! Would love to see more seminars on explaining formulas

I signed up for this course as we were doing classical literature at Uni this semester, but I didn't get a chance to watch this prior to my exam. I wish I had! It would've helped me see SHL in a completely new light!

Excellent overview with a lot of little gems of wisdom. I wish I had a whole course of this material.
Only problem was that Steven sometimes speaks his words very fast (not sentences, just individual words) and so hard to understand occasionally.
~ Karen

That was excellent. Any chance that Stephen could give a webinar on 6 channel disease? It sounded like he had something up his sleeves.
~ Margaret

I really enjoyed this course and took materials back to my classroom to share with students today so very relavent to me. Thanks for a great course experience- it was super easy to navigate the course and I loved learning at home with my family and tea and pets while it snowed outside...:) Great fun.
~ Jennifer G

Wonderful class. First time taking one with Stephen.
~ Cristina

I found this very interesting and well worth another listen. However, six hours at one time was too long for me and when I re-listen to this I will break it up.

The course was great thank you. The only thing I would say is that if you are going to mix different traditions I would explain the mechanisms behind it. For example you used si wutang in the same formula as chai hu guizhi tang. Understanding that one comes from a very material perspective and the other a functional perspective is an important fact to me. It also seems a little strange to mix such different approaches. Other than that you seem to really know your stuff and I look forward to a more in depth seminar with you.
~ Tahl

Great course, required for excellent study in Classical formula.
~ Brendan