Richard Mandelbaum RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist with a private practice in Brooklyn and in Sullivan County, NY. He is a founding partner, director, and teacher at the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City, teaching on a diverse range of clinical subjects. He has been a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) since 2003, and joined the AHG Council in October 2012. Richard is also active in issues related to fair trade, sustainability, and social justice, and is a member of the Governing Board of the Brooklyn Food Coalition. He is currently on the faculty at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies in Washington, NJ (focusing on Botany, Mycology, and Legal and Regulatory Issues for the Herbalist).
Richard has been practicing as an herbalist since 1997, with a background in both Chinese and Western herbal traditions. His materia medica is a blend of native and naturalized plants, traditional East Asian and traditional European plants. He is a graduate of David Winston’s School of Herbal Therapeutics in New Jersey as well as having studied at Rosemary Gladstar’s Sage Mountain Retreat Center in Vermont, and in New York City with herbalist William LeSassier.
Richard is available for in-person mentorships in both Brooklyn and Forestburgh NY (southern Catskills). He also has experience in providing distance mentorships when the mentee does not have access to a suitable mentor in her/his region. Mentorships typically focus on case reviews in which Richard provides feedback to mentees on cases they are working on; including diet, lifestyle, herbal and other supplement-based recommendations to form an integrated protocol. This is complemented by other topics as identified in the course of the mentorship or through an initial review of the mentee’s knowledge base and background, and can include: materia medica, traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques, assessment, and review of the Chinese organ system and patterns of disharmony, field botany and medicine making, or review of Western-based herbal approaches for varying conditions. Richard practices as a single practitioner (with a referral network). In-person supervision of clinical work generally does not form a regular part of Richard’s mentorships.
- Distance and In person, Hourly Rate TBD.
- Clinical Specialties: Differential diagnosis and assessment via traditional methods or modern scientific methods, Nutritional medicine, Counseling skills for the herbalist, Red flags for urgent referral, Building an appropriate referral network, Legal issues pertinent to region/scope of practice, Dispensing and formulating and medicine making; herbal pharmacy/cGMP issues, Herb/drug/nutrient interaction, Traditional Chinese pulse and tongue diagnosis