Continuing Education

Tongue Assessment for Western Herbalists, Nutritionists, and Aromatherapists

Step by step guidance in adding tongue assessment to your toolkit, highly useful for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike.

Tongue assessment is relatively easy to learn and apply and will give practitioners a valuable starting point for crafting effective, individualized protocols based on the specific energetic and functional presentations of each client.

Traditional assessment methods, such as reading the tongue, face or pulse, are invaluable doorways to the inner terrain, giving us clues about qualities such as moisture and heat, as well as a sense of tension and overall vitality. We can also gain entry into the psychoemotional world of the client, allowing insight into a person’s world view and perceptions, as held in and expressed through the body.

Assessing the tongue is especially useful for understanding the state of digestion, but also serves as a microcosmic mirror of all of the organs, as well as a person’s integrated function. Tongue assessment is relatively easy to learn and apply and will give practitioners a valuable starting point for crafting effective, individualized protocols based on the specific energetic and functional presentations of each client.

This course will cover foundational theories of tongue assessment and guide participants in selecting herbs and other interventions (essential oils, food, lifestyle choices) based on various tongue presentations. Participants will practice assessments between classes and will be invited to bring questions back to live sessions.

Tongue assessment can actually be fairly intuitive and doesn’t require as much memorization as some other systems of assessment. Once you get the basics, it’s easy to begin using this valuable tool right away. This is a great opportunity to receive step by step guidance in adding tongue assessment to your toolkit and promises to be interesting and useful for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike!

Using tongue assessment, you’ll learn to:

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Assess qualities of temperature, moisture, tension, tissue integrity, circulation and overall vitality

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Determine broad personal constitution and energetic properties of specific dysfunctions

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Differentiate acute vs. long-term tongue qualities and how they might change over time

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Match plants (and other strategies) to people based on pattern recognition

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Recognize simple and more complex patterns and understand appropriate goals to address them

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Create individualized and effective protocols for yourself, family and clients

 

Meet Your Instructor: Larken Bunce

Larken Bunce, MS is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, gardener, and photographer. She is founding co-director and core faculty at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, which runs a full-time sliding-scale community clinic and a 3-year training program for clinical herbalists. Her practice and teaching draw equally from science and spirit, novel practice and tradition, clinic and garden, reflecting her diverse experiences in over 20 years in the field. She is committed to the ongoing work of social and ecological justice and repair, especially as these relate to herbal medicine. She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Herbal Medicine, as well as certificates in Zen Shiatsu, Swedish/Esalen Massage, and Mind-Body Skills. Larken is passionate about clinical mentorship, bridging traditional healing models with biomedical sciences, and restoring Nature to culture through herbal medicine.www.larkenbunce.com and www.vtherbcenter.org

FAQs

Are there prerequisites?

No. This course is open to everyone with an interest in learning about how tongue assessment can support your selection of essential oils and customized formulation based upon the individual.

What supplies are required?

No supplies are required for this course.

Are you an approved school by a professional aromatherapy organization?

Yes, we are an approved school through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).

What makes your programs different from all the others?

The School for Aromatic Studies is one of the leading schools in North America. We are often asked, What makes our school unique? I believe one of the most unique features is our balanced, progressive & inspiring education that leads to the cultivation of a new generation of aromatherapists to emerge and succeed!

Is this course all online?

Yes. This is a prerecorded webinar series with Larken Bunce. It includes 4 recordings and handouts!

Did you say I have access to the course for Life?

Yes, once you register for an online course, it is yours for life of the program!

Can I sign up if I don’t live in the United States?

Yes! We have students from all over the world taking courses with us. The presentation is in English.

How do I complete the course?

To complete the program, watch each lesson and check complete. Once complete with each lesson, you will be able to download your certificate.

Can I earn CE hours for this course?

Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance for 8 CE hours of Tongue Assessment.

Payment Details

One Payment

$149