Herbalist Schools

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Institute of Traditional Medicine

The Institute of Traditional Medicine is dedicated to preserving and protecting the world’s traditional medical systems and promoting health, spiritual inquiry and sustainable practices throughout the lifecycles, through groundbreaking educational programs and training.

ITM has inspired a unique educational vision in the heart of North America’s most multi-cultural city. We are committed to the integration of the world’s traditional medicines and wisdom traditions with conventional and modern healthcare approaches.

Our professional educational programs span the medical arts and sciences, spirituality, ecology, sustainability, end of life care, mediation and social justice, and are open to all. We foster a community of learning that inspires the growth and expansion of not only the individual intellect, mind and heart, but those of the community. We are dedicated to cultivating a community of learning which encourages the promotion of supportive, open and transparent communication amongst our students, faculty, administration and alumni. Since our inception, we have developed programs which motivate our community to apply their intellect, resources and learning for the betterment of the world – Compassion & Wisdom in Action.

We endeavour to offer the highest level of training possible in traditional and integrative medicine and interdisciplinary studies. This vision is fuelled by our long-term initiatives; to establish community-based health care options both within North America as well as abroad, which integrate traditional medical practices with conventional approaches to healthcare.

We envision societies in which Integrative and Sustainable Medicine is accessible and available to all. Integrative Medicine embraces all available therapeutic options, whether they are traditional or conventional techniques and modalities, and acknowledges the importance of the practitioner/doctor and patient relationship. The focus of Integrative Medicine is the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, and it accomplishes these goals by providing affordable, less-invasive and effective healthcare options. It is a system of medicine which addresses a human’s natural healing potential, and integrates the ‘whole person’, including the psycho-social-spiritual and physical dimensions, into all treatment sessions.

Sustainable Medicine is the crux in which all other areas of sustainable development evolves. It is our belief that medicine must benefit not the human alone, but all beings, and nature itself. Medicine must include a systemic approach to health.

ITM offers a selection of leading-edge certification and diploma programs within the fields of Health & Spirituality. Our transformative education is rooted in traditional knowledge from the world’s oldest medical systems, as well as in current and conventional approaches that foster a new vision of healthcare.

All programs at ITM recognize that spiritual reflection and practice contribute to one’s overall academic, professional, social and personal growth and success.

Our innovative training programs exemplify ITM’s originality, scope and reputation.

Our graduates are prepared to pursue a wide range of professions, including high-demand fields such as community health care, health advocacy and education. Students develop a solid grounding in the theoretical as well as experiential aspects of their fields and become successful professionals and socially engaged members of their communities.

We are dedicated to making these training programs and community based health care options available to everyone – both within Canada and internationally.

By considering the study of traditional and integrative medicine at ITM, students are choosing to join a growing number of practitioners who understand that health is rooted in a balance of mind, body and spirit, and in our relationships and connection to others and to the environments in which we live.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 416-537-0928
E-mail: thm@itmworld.org, info@itmworld.org
Web site: http://www.itmworld.org
Address: 553 Queen St. W. 2nd Fl.  
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2B6 Canada

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.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 541.242.3314
Fax: 541.242.3314 (FAX)
E-mail: integrative_education@msn.com
Web site: http://www.internationalintegrative.com
Address: 4626 Fox Hollow Road  
Eugene, OR 97405 USA

Live Oak School of Natural Healing

The Live Oak School of Natural Healing is run by a nurse, Dawn Gates, R.N. and was founded on the belief that there is wisdom in both ancient teachings and in modern science. The LOSNH provides students with an integrated education in the traditional practice of Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and Native American herbal medicine. Our school offers live, correspondence, and online classes with opportunities for clinical practicums, live seminars, and apprenticeships. We have three programs that are developed for all levels of experience from the beginner to the advanced student including nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. The schools mission statement is “To provide a rounded herbal education in order for our students to be the natural health leaders in their communities” The school provides a full curriculum, including herbal history, botany, anatomy/physiology, Materia Medica, nutrition, formulary development, advanced diagnostics (facial, tongue, pulse), meanings of lab values, how to take a complete history/physical as well as practice development and growth.
The online school is via interactive classrooms with Skype video conferences, e-mail discussion groups, podcasts, with a one-on-one mentorship program aimed at getting the online student the most individualized attention possible.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 877.281.0447
E-mail: Dawnsenchantedgarden@yahoo.com
Web site: http://www.Liveoakschoolofnaturalhealing.com
Address: 29503 Central Blvd.  
Paisley, FL 32767 USA

Living Earth School of Herbalism

Living Earth School of Herbalism offers online distance learning and in-class workshops in Western herbalism and related subjects for those who wish to pursue a career as a professional herbalist or who want to learn about herbs and herbal medicine for their own general interest or as an adjunct to their existing healing practice. The director of the school is Michael Vertolli. The curriculum is based on his over twenty-six years of experience teaching and practising herbal medicine.

Our Philosophy
Living Earth courses and programs offer a blend of European and Native American traditional wisdom and modern scientific knowledge without compromising the spirit of holism. Our philosophy is based on a holistic and organismic paradigm, recognizing the importance of all levels of human functioning and experience (biochemical, physiological, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, etc.). The focus is on helping people to achieve a greater level of health and well-being, not solely the elimination of symptoms at the physiological level. This philosophy is the cornerstone of all courses and programs offered by Living Earth.

Our System
The backbone of the curriculum of Living Earth’s Traditional Herbalist program and one of the most important features that differentiates this program from other Western clinical herbalist programs is the Four Elements Herbal Therapy system. This is a system of herbal therapeutics and formulating developed by our director, Michael Vertolli, during the twenty-six years that he has practiced and conducted empirical research in herbalism. This unique system eliminates the many years of trial and error that students inevitably experience when they graduate from programs that do not provide a concise system of herbal therapeutics and formulating.

Courses and Programs
• Traditional Herbalist Diploma Program: 1,500 hours, part online, part in-class. Clinical training and field training cannot effectively be taught online and are offered as intensive workshops in southern Ontario.
• Holistic Herbal Studies Certificate Program: 335 hours, mostly online plus field workshops.
• Professional Intensive Workshops: Open to professional herbalists from any background and naturopaths.
• Online General Interest Courses: Open to anyone interested in herbs and herbal healing.
• Field Workshops: Herb identification and material medica.
• Spirit of Herbs Workshops: Open to anyone interested in the energetic and intuitive elements of herbalism.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 905.303.8723 Ext. 1
E-mail: herbalprogram@livingearthschool.ca
Web site: http://www.livingearthschool.ca
Address: 10971 Jane Street  
Maple, ON L6A 1S1 CANADA

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.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (410) 888-9048
Fax: (410) 888-9004 (FAX)
E-mail: admissions@tai.edu
Web site: http://www.tai.edu
Address: 7750 Montpelier Road  
Laurel, MD 20723 USA

Mederi Foundation and Mederi Centre for Natural Healing

The Mederi Foundation and Mederi Centre For Natural Healing offer both a Level One and Level Two professional clinical training program in the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System, founded by Donald Yance, CN, RH (AHG).

Up to 25 healthcare practitioners are admitted for Mederi's clinical training programs each year to those who are committed to providing comprehensive care in the field of integrative (collaborative) medicine, specifically with an interest in The Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS). Training in the ETMS emphasizes advanced clinical applications of botanical, nutritional, and biological medicine principles within a multifaceted framework in order to successfully execute health-building interventions for enhancing patient vitality and lifespan. ETMS allows healthcare professionals to personalize, monitor and continually modify patient care, and is taught exclusively through the nonprofit Mederi Foundation and the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, Oregon. Who Should Attend? Oncologists, Oncology Professionals, Medical Doctors, Naturopathic Doctors, Acupuncturists, Oriental Medicine Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Registered Clinical Herbalists, Certified Nutritionists and Medical School Faculty. A minimum of 4 years managing patient care in the clinical setting is required for our Level One program.

*Level 1: Fundamentals of the Fundamentals of the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System (ETMS) - October 1st - October 4th, 2014 in Ashland OR.

Course Curriculum:

-Yance’s philosophical and clinical approach

-Fundamental objectives and core ‘branches’ of the ETMS – assessing disease processes from a wholistic perspective with emphasis on the three energetic harmonies and five energy networks

-Interviewing skills, case history acquisition, and physical examination techniques

-Differential analysis of symptoms and signs

-Case follow-up, formulating, prescribing, and dispensing

-Endocrinology, neurology, and cardiology – determining the causal chain of disease and the clinical management of related disorders

-Basic cancer biology, efficacy and limitations of conventional therapies

-Food as medicine

-Materia medica and principles of herbal prescribing – dosages and toxicology, dispensary techniques and systems

-Botanical and nutritional monographs

Level 2: Advanced Clinical Applications of the ETMS in Cancer Care (not offered in 2014)

School type: On-site learning
Phone: (541) 488-0514
Fax: (541) 488-0417 (FAX)
E-mail: info@mederifoundation.org
Web site: http://www.mederifoundation.org
Address: 127 Clear Creek Drive  
Ashland, OR 97520 USA

Midwest School of Herbal Studies

Our mission is to provide the highest level of education in botanical studies, with an emphasis on integrative herbalism (modern Western phytotherapy, native-American, Unani, Ayurvedic, & TCM), and to do so at an affordable cost and in the most user-friendly format possible.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: toll-free (866) 781-2038
E-mail: MWSHS@aol.com
Web site: http://www.midwestherbalstudies.com
Address: P O Box 120096  
New Brighton, MN 55112 USA

Natural Healing College

Natural Healing College, Stockton, CA is an online school offering
both a Master Herbalist diploma program and an Ayurvedic Practitioner
Program. A hignspeed internet connection and a computer (pc, mac or
laptop) are required. Both programs are geared towards graduates
having the academic knowledge and practical strategies to open a
wellness consultation business. Every class is based on well-known
published industry respected books which are included in tuition fees
for US students. The classes are both textbook and research driven.
NHC classes bear no relationship to old-fashioned correspondence home
study classes. There are online prerecorded video lectures for most
chapters, spoken word audio glossaries and lessons that are online,
computer based, and textbook interactive, learning experiences.
Lessons and exams are auto graded to provide reviews and grades
immediately upon completion. A staff of teachers with accredited
degrees and real world experience who answer questions and personally
comment on student work twice a week makes Natural Healing College
able to simulate classes as if it were a brick and morter school where
students study and progress at their own pace. Unique among online
schools NHC works with its graduates to help them obtain local
internships and mentors if the graduate desires.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (209) 390-8076
Fax: (209) 390-8078 (FAX)
E-mail: registrar@naturalhealingcollege.com
Web site: http://www.naturalhealingcollege.com/
Address:  
Stockton, CA USA

Natural Nurse® Herbal Certification Course

Ellen Kamhi, PHD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC
www.naturalnurse.com

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.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 800.829.0918
E-mail: naturalalt@juno.com
Web site: http://www.naturalnurse.com/education
Address:  
Oyster Bay, NY USA

New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal Studies

New Eden offers two programs in herbal studies. The Certified Herbalist track educates the student in how to wisely and effectively recommend herbal preparations and products to consumers and clients. The foundational courses add to this program. This track requires 5 to 8 months to complete via distance learning. The Medical Herbalist (MH) track offers an in-depth and complete herbalist curriculum. Students are taught from a science and clinical prospective how to effectively operate as a medical herbalist. This track requires 18 to 24 months to complete via distance learning.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: 630.403.8149
E-mail: info@newedenschool.com
Web site: http://www.newedenschool.com
Address: P.O. Box 5393  
Glendale Heights, IL 60139 USA

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