We will take a 7-hour ride from Nanjing to the Anhui province to explore a very famous herbal area with the biggest herbal market in all China. The aim of this trip is to visit the market and learn more about the herbs ON-SITE.
We will see many classes of herbs first-hand, including:
- a host of minerals and stones that most TCM students have not yet seen.
- animal products like antlers, placentas, geckos, leeches, centipedes and other bugs.
- a plethora of unique herbal flowers teas that possess blood or qi moving qualities, many of which you’d probably never heard of.
“Traveling to meet some herbal farmers, see their lands, view first-hand how chinese herbs are grown and harvested was truly a magical experience for a Chinese medicine practitioners; one i won’t ever forget.”
As part of the course, we will:
- take a trip to the herbal plantations to see the plants actually growing in the fields.
- go rural and visit a local farmer’s home
- have a meal with the people who process the plants.
- visit a factory to witness mass processing of herbs, from drying to cutting to packaging, amongst others.
- visit a Chinese medicine museum as well as Hua Tuo’s old home.
What do we take back with us after the tour?
“I really enjoy the enthusiastic explanations of mostly everything we observed. Markov is an excellent guide and his knowledge of herbs is outstanding.”
This course will enrich your understanding of the herbs you use in your practice. After experiencing herbs first-hand in the field and in the market, your understanding and connection to the herbs you use in practice will go much deeper than what you get from the textbook or by looking at them in the pharmacy. It will also make you aware of some pertinent issues in herb usage, e.g. the use of animal products, the processing of herbs, etc.
“The details of this trips were intently planned and executed with care. Markov made it a point to see that we were all happy and learning along the way.”
On top of that, this tour is also a great opportunity to get ‘behind the scenes’ to meet locals and visit rural villages. This is something which most foreigners do not get to see when they come for a short trip to China.
“I really appreciated Markov’s in-depth knowledge and explanations of the herbs, where they were grown and how to tell them apart. It made the experience that much more enjoyable.”
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