Assessment for the Clinical Herbalist with Will Morris
Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29 // 10am – 5pm
How do holistic practitioners go beyond symptom treatment and really get to the root cause of disease? We need strong assessment skills to be able to read a client’s body and understand what’s going on underneath. Assessment skills are vital to the successful outcome of herbal therapies. The ability to tightly fit a simple, or formula to the condition of the client can make or break the outcomes.
In this class, learners will be able to use visual assessment of the top and bottom surfaces of the tongue, the ankles, the inside of the lower eyelid, and pulse diagnosis to assess circulatory function in its entirety. This has tremendous impact on client longevity but also immediate symptoms that include pain syndromes, chronic fatigue, recovery from trauma, anxiety, depression and a host of concerns that are rooted in the conditions of the extracellular matrix, arterial and venous flows. Thus, these methods can be useful in the treatment of a range of health conditions.
This class focuses on accessible observations in the clinic to guide practice. It begins with a visual assessment of the intima of the lower eyelid as a tool for identifying a history of trauma, inflammation, fluid pathology, and toxicity. As an extension, we will explore a comprehensive map for interpreting signs located on the sublingual surface. This view provides a clear window into the health of the vascular system and the tissues that it supplies. We will enhance these observations by inspection of the tongue surface. We will use pulse diagnosis as a tool for the win, as it is simple, having a pump, tubes, and fluid as the essential considerations.
Will has a unique ability to make complex material accessible and easy to understand by anyone. If you want to start seeing clients, if you are already seeing clients, or even if you are still an herbal student, you will get a lot out of this class.
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About the Instructor: Will Morris
Will is one of the world’s top experts on pulse diagnosis and its transmission, and is visiting us from across the continent to share his expertise. He has a master’s degree in medical education from the University of Southern California. His Ph.D. dissertation is focused on pulse diagnosis and provides the basis for his forthcoming book, Neoclassical Pulse Diagnosis.
With more than 40 years of clinical experience, he has more than 40,000 patient visits prescribing herbs of the west, China, and India. He has authored two books for China’s largest medical publishing house, one on pulse diagnosis and another on case studies. He also authored Transformation: Treating Trauma with Acupuncture and Herbs. He is a member of the American Herbal Guild and the Canadian Herbal Association of British Columbia.