Gate of Life Course Lesson 2 – Origins of Herbalism

Rehmannia discusses the biological origins of plants and the primary original region where Tonic herbs evolved, and why they are therapeutically potent. He describes the origins of Taoist herbal philosophy, Tonic herbs and describes the original meaning of Yin and Yang.

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16 thoughts on “Gate of Life Course Lesson 2 – Origins of Herbalism

  1. Another great, elightening, and inspiring class, Rehmannia.
    Thank you for bringing it all together in such an eloquent and interesting way!

  2. Hi Rehmannia. I really enjoyed this lesson. I couldn’t catch the name of the book you recommended at the end of this lesson “Denskys Materimentica”? Would you mind spelling it out for me? It sounds like an awesome read. I had never heard the term “Herbal Alchemy” before. Definitely reminds me that I am exploring sacred territory here.

    • Hey James. The book is The Chinese herbal Materica Medica, by Bensky. I guess I should make that more clear!! This is an indispensable book for the Taoist herbal mendicant, and usually comes along with Bensky’s Pharmacopoeia of Chinese herbs. Both are highly valuable, but a little expensive. Unfortunately, reishi and many other Shen herbs are not classified or discussed. The Shen herbs section is the only dissapointing part. This is apparently because Mao and the Chinese health authorities modernized the Chinese TCM system- i think in the 1960’s, and they wanted to remove the parts that they felt dealt with ‘superstition’. Too bad– but they’ll put it all back soon enough, that information has not been lost.

      • Thanks Rehmannia
        This looks like an amazing book. Yes a bit expensive but perhaps a good investment. I am very interested in learning more about these ancient and traditional tonic formulas. Is the Chinese Herbal Materica Medica the best or only book for learning recipes? Are there any other books that you would recommend?

        • James. There are many books on chinese herb combining, but none as comprehensive as this.

  3. Hi Rehmannia
    I have a question about combining herbs. In addition to formulas you sent me in the mail I have been experimenting on my own with various tonic herbs in powdered form. My question is are there any risks from combining tonic herbs in the wrong way? Is there any such thing as a “bad combination?”. Also is it ok to be taking two or three different types of formulas daily? Thanks Rehmannia, Happy holidays 🙂

    • Hey James. The tonic herbs are generally safe to combine. But as you go through the course lessons, you will better understand the energies of herb combinations. For example, combining chakra 1 and chakra 2 formulas would seem to create an energetic dichotomy, but it really doesnt, and this combination can can support kidney-restoration as well as adrenal invigoration.

  4. Thanks for creating this course I have been a supporter of Shaman Shack products for the past couple years. I have a little more understanding of what is a tonic herb & why you want to take them. I have wondered does it really make a difference to take tonic herbs raw, say in a smoothie or hot in a tea drink?
    I really liked seeing the herbs in the formula along with the video so I know what Eucomnia bark & Epimedium look like & why you want to take them.
    I did fracture my hand & took Eucomnia but I had no real knowledge of how much or really why I was taking it, one of those heard about it exploring options.

    • Hey Holly. I have put an herb glossary on the site now, so you can see eucommia and Epimedium and the other herbs we discuss. Thanks!

  5. I seem to be having troubles with watching the full videos they stop in random places with a message that reads “error encountered with this video”. This has occurred a few times now with both videos.

    • Great Freyja. Yes, we’re adding some incremental details. I filmed an advanced lesson yesterday to be part of an advanced lesson series available only for graduates.

  6. Ciao Rehmannia!

    I have finished lesson 2 and I have read half of the book now. I like knowing your explanation of how we are here studying only the tonic herbs that meet the three standards of long term strength/ adaptability:
    ages of use, broad spectrum benefit on the body/ balance between the forces of yin and yang, and benefit to more than one of our major organs. It is very useful to know the difference between these herbs and the other semi-tonic and regulating class herbs, which are not usually long term benefiting and are usually what we take here on the west.

    The more I learn about the ways of the Hsien people, the more I get excited to keep learning. They were deeply connected to nature and they were equally concerned of their shen, jing, and chi. This connection and love of all gave them the ability to observe and learn that Gaia is always there to support us in body, mind, and spirit. Your example of how they discovered the benefits of the eucommia bark herb by noticing deer chewing it after bone fracture is one way to appreciate this connection. It has been two months since I fractured my arm and I am not fully healed yet so this example comes to me in great timing. Any suggestions on this?

    I really love the story of how you became Master Ron Teegarden’s apprentice. The great turn you gave to your life and how passionate you are about it. Thank you for being such an inspiration.

    I look forward to lesson 3, new herbs, and more of Healing Thresholds!!! 😀

    • Thanks Abel. These kinds of comments are what I want to hear from other students. Yes it is a super-sophisticated healing modality, and it only gets deeper as the course goes on. Enjoy!

      The formula you received with lesson 1 (Base Chakra) is indicated for bones and ligaments, so good timing that you opened this lesson.

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