Pattern Recognition

Assume the role of an apprentice herbalist who is working with an experienced herbalist in an integrative clinic that caters to an underserved immigrant section of the population.

It is winter, and people’s bodies are adapting to the changes in season, temperature, and other shifts in environment. A large portion of the patients seen at the clinic have come down with specific symptoms associated with flu and/or cold. These patients have requested herbs be used to treat their symptom patterns as opposed to standard pharmaceutical treatments.

You have been tasked by your mentor herbalist to select an herb that coincides and opposes the patterns presented by each of the patients requesting herbal interventions. Review the HCS339 final paper patient information document that includes specific information critical to creating the profiles for each of the three patients.

Using the Information attached and supporting your statements utilizing a minimum of eight scholarly resources, six of which must be from the Ashford University Library, create a profile, prescribe an herb from the sedatives or astringents categories, and create an evaluation for each of the patients. In your Final Paper, include the following elements.


Differentiate between potential constitutions (temperaments) and identify, based on the information, which primary constitution (temperament) best fits the patient.

Differentiate between qualities of tissue states and describe what would typically be seen in the diseased tissue for the patient’s identified constitution (temperament).

Herbal Formula Evaluation

Explain the doctrines of Similimum and Opposition in terms of each of the patients’ identified constitutional (temperamental) patterns.

Apply energetic classifications and explain the effects of the prescribed herbs on the patient’s constitution and tissue states using primal therapeutic laws.

Provide a rationale for why your mentor prescribed that specific herb for the patient.

Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must use a minimum of eight scholarly sources, including six from the Ashford University Library and the course texts –

Micozzi, M. S. (2015). Fundamentals of complementary and alternative medicine (5th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier.

Rolfe, R. (2002). The four temperaments: A rediscovery of the ancient way of understanding health and character. New York, NY: Marlowe & Company.

Wood, M. (2004). The practice of traditional western herbalism: Basic doctrine, energetics, and classification. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Must document all sources in APA style

Must include a separate references page formatted according to APA style


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