An American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Sponsored Class
With literally thousands of botanicals listed in its materia medica, Traditional Chinese Medicine boasts one of the most impressive medicinal plant inventories on the planet. Many are surprised to learn that a large number of these specimens can be found growing in and around the San Francisco Bay Area either as natives, non-native “weeds”, or as decorative ornamental plants. In addition, many closely related analogue species are found in our area as well. Sharing a similar chemistry, these analogues sometimes even parallel their TCM counterparts in their uses in Native American and Western herbal medicine traditions. Join us as we merge both eastern and western worlds in our exploration of this little known Bay Area plant population. We’ll spend the day hiking along the trails of the San Francisco Botanical Garden while observing, smelling, touching, tasting, and discussing a number of useful medicinals found growing there. Topics to be covered include: field botany/plant I.D lessons, instruction on plant family characteristics (appearance and basic chemical traits), sustainable harvesting/processing techniques, western herbal medicine making techniques, tips on how to identify and avoid toxic/poisonous look-a-like plants, safety issues, and western perspectives on indications and clinical use.