Last week I shared with you my HB Kim seminar class. This week I
am going to tell you a little about what we do in the class. I
mentioned that we attend 3 Single Herb classes, 2 Formula classes,
and 6 seminar classes, which discuss topics from internal medicine
and OB Gyn to dermatology. We utilize our knowledge of the basic
classes to help formulate prescriptions for the case subjects of
our senior classes. However, I have to say, nothing compares to the
insane amount of material we go over in two weekends and then have
to study. Insane is good, but hard.
Now, I don't want to scare you, but do want to give you the
reality of the program. Mind you, we have reviewed all of the herbs
and formulas before. However, the overwhelming factor kicks in
after the fifth hour on Sunday when you have just gone over 199
herbs and have 50 more to go. Next week, we are reviewing 134
formulas in 15 hours. Each formula consists of many individual
herbs as well as dosage, which we need to memorize.
have a quiz next week, which I am studied for this past Memorial
Weekend. The quiz will cover herb categories. This will probably be
the easiest test we take in our herbal ventures. As students
working in the clinic, we do use and see a lot of the same herbs
over and over, but there are a few that escape your memory and
those are the herbs and formulas we will study the most.
I plan on using my formula zoo cards to help me study for the
formula portion. These cards were an investment, but definitely
worth it if you are a visual learner like I am. The cards
contain funny pictures to help you remember the formulas' functions
and properties (cooling, warming, bitter or acrid etc.). This
trimester I definitely have my work cut out for me. It will be a
challenging but a rewarding semester.
P.S. If you haven't checked out the school's new and improved
website, go and explore! See you next
Coming soon, I will update you on our graduates in China!