Andy Ellis first studied Chinese medicine with Dr. James Tin Yau So at the New England School of Acupuncture. He left New England in 1983 to study Chinese language in Taiwan where he apprenticed with Chinese herbalist Xu Fu-Su for several years. Later he studied internal medicine and gynecology at the Xiamen Hospital of Chinese Medicine. While there, he also specialized in the study of acupuncture with Dr. Shi Neng-Yun and dermatology with Dr. Zhang Guang-Cai. Andrew is the founding owner of Spring Wind Herbs in Berkeley, California and has authored, translated, or co-translated several books on Chinese medicine including Grasping the Wind, The Clinical Experience of Dr. Shi Neng-Yun, Notes from South Mountain, Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies, and Handbook of Formulas in Chinese Medicine.
Who Should Participate?
Practitioners or students who want to delve deeply into Chinese herbal medicine from a practical
perspective. When I say practical, I mean clinically useful. Previous knowledge of the following will be
very useful as this is not a class for beginners:
Knowledge of the Pin Yin names of the herbs and formulas. Basic knowledge of commonly used herbs and formulas.
Understanding of the principles of Chinese medicine such as Yin-Yang theory, Five-phase theory, Six-channel theory etc.
Lastly, apprenticeship is a serious endeavor and requires students who are willing to do research and direct and organize their learning. There are no CEU’s for this class and that is a conscious decision based on the supposition that in this class students are pursuing the highest goal: To relieve suffering of
patients and to join in the wonder of transmission and betterment of medical knowledge from one generation to the next.
Please note that this course is not being offered for CEUs / PDAs