This listing is for herb school members of the American Herbalists Guild. The information listed is provided by the herb school and is not reviewed, evaluated or endorsed in any way by the AHG.
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Maryland University of Integrative Health
The Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) combines current scientific research with centuries of tradition to provide students with a solid knowledge of the philosophy, theory, and practice of herbal medicine for the support and maintenance of health and well-being. As individuals increasingly take responsibility for their own healthcare, there are questions from consumers, pharmacists, physicians, and complementary medicine practitioners about issues of use, quality, and cross-effects with mainstream pharmaceuticals and treatments.
The program is designed to serve a critical need for education, research, and information in the field of herbal medicine by training graduates to become practitioners of excellence as well as leaders in research and in the production and standards of commercial botanical remedies. Graduates will:
• Have the competence and experience to be successful, practicing clinical herbalists.
• Provide guidance to practitioners, policy makers, academic researchers, and industry leaders concerning the standards of efficacy, quality, and safety of herbal products.
• Contribute to national efforts to promote the professional practice of herbal medicine and increase awareness of the value of herbal medicine and its role in integrative medicine.
• Provide educational programs for the wider community in the practice of herbal medicine.
• Develop a body of knowledge that will inform and assist clinicians and consumers in their use of herbal products.
• Build a bridge between conventional and herbal medicine practitioners.
The program provides students with a solid familiarity of the foundation of herbal medicine, human biology, and varied healing traditions. Each student will build a knowledge base of over 100 herbs, their traditional usage, the clinical research validating their usage, their dosage as well as known pharmacological effects and contraindications, toxicity, and possible drug interactions. The program offers the country’s first Master of Science in Herbal Medicine, providing students with a comprehensive, in-depth education in understanding the rich history, science, and complexity of herbal medicine.
Founded by Simon Mills, co-author of two of the world’s leading textbooks on herbal medicine, president of the British Herbal Medicine Association, and secretary of the European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (ESCOP). Led by Director James Snow with highly experienced and prestigious core faculty, along with distinguished guest lecturers.
Over 1000 hours of hands-on clinical training and experience, as well as, extensive training in the preparation and formulation of herbal remedies.
Phone: (410) 888-9048
Fax: (410) 888-9004 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.tai.edu
Laurel, MD 20723 USA
California School of Herbal Studies
Founded in 1978 by Rosemary Gladstar, CSHS is one of North America's oldest centers for herbal education. Now under the ledership of owners Rebecca Maxfield and Jason Miller and program coordinator Autumn Summers. CSHS continues in the spirit in which it was formed by offering a multi-perspective approach to Earth-centered botanical studies.
Our goal at the California School of Herbal Studies is to empower individuals with the skills, confidence and experience needed by the community herbalist. Western Herbalism forms the base of the training, and Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine are introduced by guest teachers. Materia Medica focuses on North American and European herbs.
Successful graduates of our intensive program leave here with the knowledge they need to enter and contribute to the rapidly blossoming field of herbalism, and receive certificates of completion that are highly regarded by the herbal community.
Visitors to the school are welcome, but please call first so we can be sure someone will be available to greet you!
Phone: (707) 887-7457
Fax: (707) 887-1539 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.cshs.com
Forestville, CA 95436 USA
Natural Nurse® Herbal Certification Course
Ellen Kamhi, PHD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
I have been learning and teaching the medicinal use of herbs since 1964, as well as providing information to thousands of individuals on how to use herbs for themselves, their patients and their families. I am a medical school professor, and taught medicinal pharmacognocy at the masters level for many years. I am also a hands on indiginous herbalist with a strong belief in interspecies communication with plants and other living and earth based personalities, as well as a wildcrafter. As I travel around the world giving lectures and workshops, I get many requests for more in depth classes, and the opportunity to apprentice with me.
This correspondence course will afford you that opportunity.
The course is conducted via individual webinar training. I will send you a link to a powerpoint, and then we will mutually choose a time (about an hour) to review the slides. As I discuss each topic, we will go into many aspects that are mentioned on each slide in a much more comprehensive way, giving you in depth data on how to collect, purchase and use each individual herb for yourself and your family.
Before we complete each lecture, I will email you a specific assignment that must be completed before our meeting. Depending on the level of the topic, it will be basic or more advanced. For example, I might ask you to go to your local health food store, and read the ‘other ingredients’ and ‘standardization claims’ on a few different herbal products. We will then discuss the significance of your findings. For a more advanced course, I may ask you to identify 2 alkaloid and 2 glycoside substances found in a particular herb, and what medicinal value they have, along with possible adverse effects that they may provoke. Don’t worry, if you are a beginner, we will have covered all the initial classes you would need in order to know how to access that kind of information. Since I am both a traditional wildcrafting herbalist, AND a Professor of Botanical Pharmacognocy, I can take you as far as you want to go. Therefore, this course is appropriate for both the beginner and the professional, who would like to go more deeply into understanding the world of sentient as well as chemical interactions between plants and humans.
You can take this course as an individual, or share it with up to 5 others, since I will send a link to up to five individuals of your choosing if you choose the group rate.
Each class is $ 50 for an individual, or $ 100 for a group.
After completing 5 classes, you will receive a certification. Each additional 5 classes completed, will yield an additional certificate. I have over 50 topics available for 10 levels of certifications. The certification will indicate the number of hours of study, and the level of the course work that you have completed.
I look forward to sharing my decades of knowledge with you, and to learning from you as well, because as a teacher, I am also a perpetual student.
Web site: http://www.naturalnurse.com/education
, NY USA
Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
The Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine provides hands-on education in the heartland of American herbal medicine. We teach a "planetary" curriculum integrating Chinese, Ayurvedic and Western "deep physiology" medical philosophies, emphasizing use of local plants and clinical applications.
Phone: (828) 275-6221
Fax: (828) 350-0603 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.BlueRidgeSchool.org
Asheville, NC 28802 USA
ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism
Founded in 2013, the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism is a new school for herbal studies in New York City. ArborVitae is rooted in the holistic practice of herbal medicine and exists to provide the highest quality education and training based on traditional wisdom and ecological awareness in a modern, integrative setting for the clinical, community and family herbalist. In addition to training herbalists, the school aims to be a progressive community resource for increasing public access to comprehensive herbal knowledge and care. The core of the school curriculum is a three year clinical certificate program and will include a clinic to benefit both herbal students and the community. The 1st year program can also stand alone as a home herbalist certificate. In addition, we offer regular community classes and will be developing additional certification programs. ArborVitae has reached a shared space agreement with the Tristate College of Acupuncture at 80 Eighth Avenue (and 14th Street) in Manhattan. Our three year program as well as many community classes will be held in Tristate’s classrooms, with additional community classes held throughout the city and field trips throughout the region.
Web site: http://arborvitaeny.com/
New York, NY 10003 USA
International Integrative Educational Institute
The International Integrative Educational Institute (IIEI) is a school of natural healing, offering herbalist training, nutrition certification programs, and courses for the general public. The IIEI provides training in a diversity of herbal traditions, from Traditional Chinese, to Ayurvedic, to Western herbalism.
Led by one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America -- K.P. Khalsa, you will find a variety of in-person, and online courses, with offering for beginners to advanced students. Our classroom courses are offered across the country at a variety of locations, and are conducted by K.P. Khalsa and a highly trained, diverse faculty of instructors.
The IIE course offerings include:
• Year 1 Professional Herbalist Course
• Year 2 Professional Herbalist Course
• Nutritional Therapy Program
• Clinical Herbalist Program
• A variety of weekend workshops and retreats
• Mentorships with K.P.
Please see our website for further detail. Most of the courses offer Continuing Education credit or professional certification.
Fax: 541.242.3314 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.internationalintegrative.com
Eugene, OR 97405 USA
Florida School of Holistic Living
Florida School of Holistic Living
The Florida School of Holistic Living is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization providing empowering philosophy-in-practice education that promotes holistic living since 1999. Our programming includes a comprehensive multi-level herbalism curriculum, supported by additional natural health and sustainable living workshops, continuing education, and professional training. In addition, we provide the Central Florida community a space to connect with our community, build vibrant health, and deepen our relationship with the earth, through our Bodhi Garden, Community Herbal Clinic, Moon Circles, and ongoing special events.
Philosophy-in-practice education offers students the opportunity to "get their hands dirty." We emphasize a holistic philosophy in all of our courses, a perspective which honors the whole person and their connection to their environment. We then seek to put that philosophy into practice through hands-on educational opportunities, taking our students into the field to connect with the subjects of which they are learning. By empowering our students with the knowledge and experience to live a more fulfilling, sustainable lifestyle, we hope to contribute to a more equitable, peaceful world for future generations.
Our herbalist curriculum includes:
Roots of Herbalism: Introductory Immersion
Family Herbalist Program: Comprehensive immersion including anatomy/physiology, pathology, herbal therapeutics, medicine making, Materia Medica, botany, plant chemistry, flower essences, aromatherapy, and more.
Community Herbalist Program: Eight month immersion featuring clinical practicum in our Community Herbal Clinic
Students enroll in courses by each level, with each course building upon the material of the previous. Students who are transferring from other educational institutions or apprenticeships may apply to join our advanced levels if experience from other courses applies. Our courses offer CEUs for Florida Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Dietitians, and Nutritionists.
Web site: http://www.HolisticLivingSchool.org
Orlando, FL 32803 USA
East West School of Herbology
The East West Courses are a unique combination of Western, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese herbology. Many of the graduates of our 36 Lesson Professional Herb Course program have obtained professional membership status in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG). This is important since the AHG is the only professional clinical herbalists organization in North America.
Herbal medicine in North America has grown from an off-beat interest promoted by a handful of non-mainstream adherents, to an 8 billion dollar a year mainstream business -- and it's still growing. Increasingly we see professional medical practitioners including medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists to non-professional lay persons exhibit a keen interest in herbal medicine prompted at the behest of their patients. The reason is clear: Herbs work. For this, there is no dispute even by those who would be normally critical of so-called 'alternative medicine.' As a result, there is an urgent need for qualified people in the growing professions of clinical herbology, herbal pharmacy, herbal research, herb cultivation and wildcrafting, herbal marketing and product development.
Throughout the last several decades Michael Tierra and the East West School of Herbology have been in the forefront of the herbal renaissance, promoting its widespread growth and acceptance throughout the Western world. To increase the standards, credibility and acceptance of clinical herbalism, in 1989 Michael founded the American Herbalists Guild.
There is no shortcut to mastery. Courses and schools that purport to offer 'master herbalist' (MH) or other misleading degrees, often based on a 'quickie' weekend or a single week-long workshop, have no guaranteed legal professional standing. Be that as it may, there is a growing number of professional herbalists throughout North America. Many of these are graduates of the East West Herb Course, which represents a comprehensive and thorough herbal training program. (See the "Student Profiles" on the bulletin board). Our graduates are confident and competent herbalists!
Remember; one can learn hundreds of herbs, but that knowledge is clinically worthless without its integration into a traditional system of diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, only the East West Herb Course systematically integrates the three main systems of herbal medicine based on the traditional practice of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) herbal medicine.
We believe that herbal medicine is not simply another profession, but an inspired calling. It is to this inner calling, as well as the increasing numbers of students who feel drawn to the study of herbal medicine, that we dedicate our teachings. If you are one of those who feel such inner promptings, come journey with us down this heartfelt path of wonder and learning. A wise person once said that whatever energy is expended towards education is never lost. Enroll in one of our courses today and let it serve as your guide on your personal 'Way of Herbs.'
Phone: (800) 717-5010
Fax: (831) 336-4548 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.planetherbs.com
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 USA
Vintage Remedies School of Natural Health
Vintage Remedies (founded 2006) offers a variety of programs for both home use and professional certification.
These programs include: Natural Wellness (introductory level, 120 study hours), Family Herbalist (360 study hours), Holistic Wellness Professional (960 study hours) and the Clinical Master Herbalist (1,400 study hours.) In addition to a primary focus on herbalism (including formulations, materia medica, pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, etc.), all of our programs also include aromatherapy, environmental health, sustainability, nutrition, pathophysiology and modern epidemics (such as autism and asthma). We also offer a unique Fresh Starts educator program, which trains and certifies facilitators of the Fresh Starts wellness classes across North America.
Our courses are all completed at a distance and we enjoy serving students around the world. Everything we offer is completed in your own home, at your own pace, at a schedule you dictate. Our curriculum combines the traditional wisdom passed down through generations with modern scientific advancements to enable you to understand the time tested methods and how they are best utilized in light of new research in the areas of nutrition, plant chemistry and human health.
Web site: http://www.VintageRemedies.com
Franklin, TN 37065 USA
The School of Natural Healing
Founded in 1953 by the legendary Dr. John R. Christopher, and currently directed by David Christopher M.H., A.H.G., The School of Natural Healing’s Master Herbalist Program provides quality distant learning. Students can enjoy classes taught by world renowned experts via DVDs, CDs, books and study guides. The School provides a well rounded curriculum, including botany, anatomy, nutrition, formulary, pharmacognosy, and herbal chemistry with an emphasis on practicum. The Master Herbalist program prepares students to serve effectively in their communities. Help us in our goal to have an herbalist in every home and a Master Herbalist in every community.
Phone: (800) 372-8255
Web site: http://www.snh.cc/
Springville, UT 84062 USA