Online Herb Tasting Sessions


Our oldest extant Materia Medica, the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, uses Flavour and Nature as a starting point to describe how Chinese herbs affect the body. This perspective used to underpin all herbal treatments provided by Chinese doctors of old.

Join us for 4 online herb tasting sessions to reconnect with this authentic way of working with herbs. In each session, we will focus on one herb, discuss its Flavour and Nature and how this relates to the information from our Chinese Medicine literature.  We will finish by examining how this affects our use of the herb in clinical practice.

Attendees of the online sessions are welcome to taste their own herbs (either raw herbs or granules), or, if they do not have access to herbs directly, can brew up raw herb samples from our dispensary, which we can post to them in advance.

Herb tastings:
20th November: Shu Di Huang
27th November: Wu Wei Zi
4th December: Ban Xia
11th December: Shi Chang Pu

These fun and informative sessions, each 45min – 1 hour long, are a great introduction to the Flavour and Nature approach for any herbalists new to this perspective. They are equally valuable for herbalists who are already familiar with it and are keen to taste and discuss more herbs to expand their tasting experience and thus deepen their understanding.


Instructor: Conny Cooper
Conny qualified in acupuncture in 2006 and in Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2015. She has since done extensive training with Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head from the Association for Traditional Studies, including 400 hours of observation at their teaching clinic in Asheville, USA. Between 2020 and 2023, Conny was CEO of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, working to support the profession and ensure a flourishing future for it. She now enjoys being back in clinic full-time, treating patients from the Yi Dao Clinic in North London, and being active in teaching traditional aspects of Chinese Medicine.


Attendees: For qualified practitioners of Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Dates: 4 consecutive Monday evenings, at 7pm: 20th and 27th November, 4th and 11th December.
Cost: £60 for the 4 sessions. Herb samples for the 4 herbs to be tasted can be sent out for an additional £15, including P&P.
Venue: Online. The zoom link will be sent out the day before the 1st session.

To sign up for the sessions: please email, stating if you would also like to purchase the herb samples.