In all the worlds great herbal traditions, the use of single herbs (simples) is virtually unknown. Complex formulas are most often used and are if properly formulated significantly more effective than individual remedies. With classic traditional formulas there are clear strategies to create a mixture that is more than the sum of it’s parts (1 + 1 = 3, 4 or 5). There are multiple ways to create synergy and avoid antagonism (1 + 1 = 1). In this class we will look at the concepts and techniques used in TCM, Ayurveda, Unani-tibb, Physiomedicalism, Eclectic Medicine, Siddha and Western herbal practice that allow the clinician to achieve superior results and repeated clinical success.
3 learning objectives:
- what is synergy and how can we use it to create better, more effective formulas
- how do we know if herbs will create synergy or anti-synergy?
- What are bio-enhancers and how do they enhance absorption and activity