Patricia Kyritsi Howell is a clinical herbalist, teacher and author of Medicinal Plants of the Appalachian Mountains (2006) with more than 20 years of experience in clinical practice.
She began her formal study of herbalism in 1989, at the California School of Herbal Studies. After completing the CSHS program and additional clinical training with Amanda McQuade Crawford, she began to work with acupuncturist and herbalist Althea Northage Orr, founder of the Chicago Center of Psychophysical Healing and the Chicago College of Healing Arts. Together they started the first herbal training program in Chicago, the Healing with Herbs Institute, in 1991.
For the next seven years Patricia was also in clinical supervision with Althea as she built her practice and learned to use Traditional Chinese Medicine in her health assessments. Her approach to clinical herbalism weaves together her training in traditional Western herbalism and the energetic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In 1993 Patricia founded the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies in Georgia. She is the primary instructor for the school’s in-depth herbal studies programs geared towards herbal beginners as well as medical professionals.
In addition to her formal studies in herbalism, Patricia is an accomplished chef with training in various therapeutic diets (macrobiotic, gluten-free, Mediterranean, anti-inflammatory, etc.). She often works closely with her clients to help them make critical dietary changes by using a step-by-step process that includes education about basic cooking skills, seasonal diets, guided shopping trips, the use of fermented foods, and more.
In her practice she specializes in working with chronic respiratory disease, women’s reproductive health, Shen disturbances, anxiety disorders and digestive system issues such as IBS, food allergies, GERD and chronic indigestion.
Patricia has been mentoring student practitioners for more than seven years. She usually works with up to four mentees at a time. Mentees are required to meet with her (in person or by phone/Skype) at least twice a month and to commit to a minimum of six months of mentoring. Mentees are also invited to participate in roundtable case study discussions via telephone or, when possible, in day-long seminars.
Her interest as a mentor is primarily in working with student practitioners to set up their businesses, to create educational resources for their clients and to gain confidence as practitioners. And, of course, she encourages and supports her mentees to actively work towards Registered Herbalist Membership in the American Herbalist Guild!
- Distance and in person, $50/hour
- Clinical Specialties: Respiratory disease, female reproductive, Shen disturbances, anxiety disorders, TCM Five Phase Theory, some tongue dx Differential diagnosis and assessment via traditional methods or modern scientific methods, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, etc, Office management, Cooking, diet change protocols, restricted diets/food allergies