Advanced Herbalism Diagnostics Course for Elimination, Digestion and Sleep

Specialization for licensed acupuncturist, students of oriental medicine and other medical professionals.

The course is approval for Category 1 CEU by California Acupuncture Board.  Continuing Education Provider: Silkieherbs, LLC; Provider number: 1670; Provider's phone number: 714-839-3661

Course 1 - Advanced Herbal Diagnostics for Elimination, Digestion and Sleep.
1 online class per week: Wednesday 7pm - 9pm PST.  8 weeks for the course.

First week starts on March 1st, 2023.  Tuition fee $540 application fee included.

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Three-Day Cancellation
Students who provide written notice of cancellation via email - at least three days (excluding Saturday, Sunday, and federal and state holidays) prior to the first class, are entitled to a refund of all monies paid, excluding the nonrefundable application fee $50. Refunds will be provided within thirty (30) calendar days of receiving notice of cancellation. 

Diagnostics: Observe the patient, reading the body’s language, interpreting the tongue, eyes and the other signs through which the body expresses possible health concerns.
Read and interpret the health assessment form for a precise diagnosis.

Consultation: How to structure a consultation – The 4-step process
Learn the Patient Orientated Explanation that allows you to better connect with your patient and foster their understanding and participation in the treatment.

Health Topics:

Sleep – Insomnia, Hard time falling asleep, Waking up too early, Waking up frequently, Restless Leg Syndrome, Dreams, Snore, Light/Noise sensitivity, Ideal Sleep, Time clock of sleeping, Quality of sleep and what dreams can tell you about the state of organs
Digestion – Acid Reflux, Indigestion, Bloating, Vomiting, Stomach pain, Belly Cramps, Ulcer
Elimination – Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, IBS, Leaky Gut


  • Week 1: Diagnostics, Health Assessment form
Monday, February 8th, 2021 1 hour (Basic Questioning and Diagnostics)
Thursday, February 11th, 2021 1 hour (Basic Observations and Diagnostics)
  • Week 2: Consultation Method, Digestion
Monday, February 15th, 2021 1 hour ((Silkie Consultation Method)
Thursday, February 18th, 2021 1 hour (Live Consultation Demo #1 or Digestive Case Study)
  • Week 3: Digestion
Monday, February 22th, 2021 1 hour (Live Consultation Demo #2 and Student Practice Consultation)
Thursday, February 25th, 2021 1 hour (Live Consultation Demo #3 and Student Practice Consultation)
  • Week 4: Elimination
Monday, March 1st, 2021 1 hour (Introduction to Elimination/Bowel Movement formulas and Consultation Demo)
Thursday, March 4th, 2021 1 hour (Demo consultation for sticky, incomplete, or painful bowel movements and Student Practice Consultation)
  • Week 5: Elimination
Monday, March 8th, 2021 1 hour (Introduction to Elimination/Urination formulas)
Thursday, March 11th, 2021 1 hour (Demo Consultation for Urinary Complaints and Student Practice Consultations)
  • Week 6: Insomnia
Monday, March 15th, 2021 1 hour (Introduction to Silkie formulas for insomnia)
Thursday, March 18th, 2021 1 hour (Demo Consultation for Sleep disorders and Student Practice Consultations)
  • Week 7: Insomnia
Monday, March 22th, 2021 1 hour (Demo Consultation for Sleep disorders and Student Practice Consultations)
Thursday, March 24th, 2021 1 hour (Demo Consultation for Sleep disorders and Student Practice Consultations)
  • Week 8: Combined case study

Monday, March 29th, 2021 1 hour (Prescribing formulas for combined symptoms of digestion, elimination, and insomnia: consultations or case studies)
Thursday, April 1st, 2021 1 hour (Student Practice Consultations for multiple complaints) 

Other courses in this series:

  • Circulatory and Male/Female Disorders
  • Pediatrics and Skin Diseases
  • Brain and Mental Health

The classes are taught by active practitioners with extensive real-life experience treating patients with TCM herbals.

Ann Tam
Ann is the fifth generation of herbalists in her family. Historically Chinese Medicine was practiced largely within a family-based lineage system and passed down from generation to generation along with specific techniques and “secret” knowledge. Ann’s Great-Great-Grandfather Tam Ri Cai was the first doctor in the family in 1786 and passed the tradition of herbal supplements through four generations down to her.

Today Ann runs a herbal store in Westminster where she has worked with thousands of patients over the years, as well as the website Her clients live in places as far as Europe and Asia and include professional athletes and members of royal families.
She was born in Vietnam, grew up in her Dad’s herbal shop, and studied the health benefits of natural plants at the university for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong. She believes strongly in explaining to her clients how the body works according to TCM and how proper lifestyle along with herbs can restore the necessary balance and heal many ailments.

Patricia Jade Nguyen 
Patricia believes that the body has an amazing capacity to heal. Her work as an acupuncturist and herbalist is to ignite and fortify that capacity. In 2013 she received the Golden Flower Award for excellence in herbal medicine. Diagnosis is her strength and she welcomes complex cases in which conventional western medicine has no satisfactory therapy. She studied Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College before completing the Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is currently in private practice.

As a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist I often see a level of disconnect when using herbal medicine to treat modern day patients. The world is moving at a fast pace and a growing number of patients are not only looking for effective treatments but less time consuming and efficient treatments that are readily accessible to them at all times. With Silkie Herbs Ann has cracked the code. The modular aspect of her treatment system allows easy and quick adjustments for the patient’s ever-changing condition through a simple call or message to the herbalist. Giving the patient the ability to adapt their prescription on the fly not only gives them a sense of control over their own condition but the direct line of communication often gives them a connection to the practitioner that is often lacking in modern medicine. Training under Ann the past year has been an enlightening experience. Her vast experience is unparalleled and she encourages you to pick her brain with open arms. She not only guided me through the learning process but constantly pushes me to think outside the box. I have not only significantly improved by diagnostic and herbal medicine knowledge but my ability to communicate and educate patients has been greatly strengthened. Every day I am still learning new subtleties in cases ranging from the ordinary to the unfamiliar. I could not ask for a better mentor and friend.
Dr. Mickey Nguyen, Herbalist and Acupuncturist, DC L.Ac

Some herbal instructors recite Bensky’s textbook when teaching herbs and make students wonder why they paid for the class when they could read the book themselves. That is never the case when Ann Tam teaches because she is a true master of Chinese Herbs. She teaches from extensive clinical experience and emphasizes the importance of explaining the breakdown in physiology that causes all the presenting symptoms in a patient before prescribing any herbal formulas. Beyond the vast amount of medical knowledge that Ann possesses, she has an uncanny ability to empathize with patients, explain their condition in easy to understand terms, and empower patients to make necessary lifestyle changes to be healthy. Ann’s herbal skills, her love for Chinese medicine, and kindness for humanity are an inspiration to all aspiring herbalists.
Patricia J. Nguyen, Herbalist and Acupuncturist, Dipl. OM

Growing up in China, trained in both Western and Chinese concepts of medicine, I practiced as a MD back in China for years until I moved to the States that I started focusing on treating patients solely on TCM philosophies. After 20 years of study, I feel I am still in the process of grasping the essence of TCM. Until I met Ann, how she approaches patients and understands the human body and the inter-relationships with Nature and Food enlightens my whole system of deciphering how Chinese herbs work wonder. Her way of teaching is to use plain and simple language, daily life analogies to educate patients about their lifestyles, habits, food choices, to help them understand how their body works, and to address the issues through herbal formulas simultaneously balancing functions of upper, middle, and lower sections of crucial internal organs to achieve the optimal health, which each and every one deserves. I see the art and beauty of practicing TCM in this very traditional way, passed on 5th generations of wisdom, and after taking her training I am honored and grateful that I am part of the Loshi team to pass this gem to my students and patients.
Dr. Hui Hwang, L.Ac, DAOM, Dipl. OM