The Nuance of Herbal Medicine: Bitter Pungents – Canadian Herb Conference
2023 KHC Workshops

The Nuance of Herbal Medicine: Bitter Pungents

During this workshop you will have the opportunity to explore the complex class of plant medicine called the bitter pungent. Herbs carrying the bitter pungent flavour are often written up in herbal books as having similar actions. Yet they are very different plants. Let’s explore these plants through taste, energetics, their constituents, traditional uses and discover the nuance of their medicine. The herbs we will explore are: Angelica archangelica, Acorus calamus, Inula helenium and Ligusticum porteri.


  • To discern the bitter pungent flavour
  • To understand the relationship between constituents and the energetics of a herb
  • To have confidence in using bitter pungent herbs with nuance
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