Part one of the monograph is the foundational principles of understanding a plant holistically, what we call the “Five Keys.” This section answers:
1.) Tastes: What is the primary flavor profile of the plant?
2.) Affinities: Where in the body does this herb target in terms of systems, organs, and tissues?
3.) Actions: How does the plant influence and act upon those systems, organs, and tissues?
4.) Energetics: How does the plant influence the ecology of the body in terms of temperature, moisture, and tone, as well as the constitution as a whole?
5.) Special Potency: What unique properties does the plant hold beyond the previous four keys? What are its key indications, specificities, or psycho-spiritual properties virtues?
Not familiar with some of these concepts? Not to worry, every lesson breaks down specific terminology and concepts so the lesson doesn’t fly over the beginners head.
Most herbal resources have lists or short paragraphs of what symptoms and conditions plants are good for. Rather than trying to memorize all of that, these monographs break down the core clinical patterns the plant heals in the body.
This gives you a very different lens to understand how the plant functions, what it does, and is much easier to learn and understand than lists of symptoms. This section teaches you how to think about and work with the plant holistically to heal the whole person.
The third section of the monograph covers critical teachings that guide you in effective usage of the plant, including:
— Pharmacognosy and Mechanisms of Action
— Safety, Contraindications, and Herb-Drug Interactions
— Harvesting, Preparations, and Pharmacy
— Formulation Strategies
— Planetary, Elemental and Philosophical Principle correspondences
— Esoteric Virtues
This gives you a full-spectrum understanding of the wholeness of the plant, understanding it chemically, energetically, and spiritually, so you can treat the whole person.