Directory of Herbal Education

Disclaimer: The schools listed below are only offered as reference to potential students wishing to further their knowledge in the art of herbal medicine. However, the schools included in this list DO NOT signify that the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) endorses the content and/or quality of any trainings or programs offered by any of the institutions listed, nor should it be considered to reflect the views or opinions of any representative of the AHG.

Furthermore, taking any training or program with any Herbal Institution listed here or otherwise, does not guarantee acceptance as a Registered Herbalist in the AHG — all applications for Registered Herbalist membership need to meet the minimum requirement as set by the AHG, be reviewed and pre-approved by the membership examining panel, and be approved by the board of directors.

The AHG accepts no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in this list, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of registering and taking any training with any of the institution listed. All individuals are advised and encouraged to perform their own thorough research to determine if a particular training or program offered by any listed school meets her/his expectations, and that it is something worth registering for.

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Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine is located in the botanically rich Appalachian Mountains, just outside of Asheville, NC. Our passion for healing plants, herbal education, and medicinal gardening is at the heart of all our teachings. We offer several online opportunities to learn, including the Herbal Medicine Making Course and the Herbal Immersion Program. The ​Online Herbal Medicine​ ​Making Course​ ​will give you the know-how and confidence to create an​ ​abundant apothecary. The hands-on instructional videos​ ​and photographic tutorials are chock-full of personal experience and insider tips, along with a hearty dose of silliness.​ ​In the​ Online Herbal Immersion Program​, you’ll learn all about herb cultivation, medicine making, and therapeutic uses for each featured herb.​ ​In a nutshell, the course has two equal and integrated parts:​ ​How to grow medicinal plants and how to bring their medicine into your daily life.​ ​Both courses weave together video instruction, written lesson plans, and experiential learning. ​ Just as locally grown food is key to long-term sustainability, locally grown medicine is equally as important. That’s why our programs focus on growing your own herbs and all the ways you can enrich your life with edible and medicinal weeds. Our connection to plants as medicine nourishes this ancient spirit and wakes us up to the profound natural cycles of life. We’re honored to share that connection with you, and we hope it brings you as much joy as it brings us.

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (828) 398-0285
E-mail: sara@chestnutherbs.com
Web site: http://chestnutherbs.com
Address: 73 Sanford Way  
Weaverville, NC 28787 USA

Clearpath School of Herbal Medicine

A rich and comprehensive program taking the serious student of herbal medicine from the holistic foundations of Western, First Nations, and Chinese healing traditions to the doorstep of becoming clinical herbalist, offering a diverse and engaging range of workshops, classes and courses for herbal enthusiasts of all levels: including herbal field and identification knowledge, gardening and wildcrafting, preparations, theoretical and hands-on, herbal knowledge for self and family, and full programs for community and clinical herbalism. Online courses soon, TBA

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 9778-544-5781, 978-544-1733
E-mail: chris@clearpathherbals.com, chris@clearpathherbals.com
Web site: http://www.clearpathherbals.com
Address: PO Box 992  
Wendell, MA 01379 USA

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism

Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, located in beautiful Boulder, CO, on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, was founded as NAIMH by Paul Bergner in 2004. In 2012, Paul retired as the Director of the school, and it was reborn as CSCH under the leadership of Lisa Ganora, a former faculty member and author of the textbook Herbal Constituents. We continue to build on the comprehensive Vitalist curriculum developed by Paul over his long career, and he remains with CSCH as a visiting instructor and case reviewer in our Clinical Herbalism Program. At CSCH we currently offer certificates in Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism (370 hours), Advanced Herbalism (540 hours), Clinical Herbalism (385 hours), Nutrition (867 hours), Rocky Mountain Field Botany (68 hours), Flower Essences (56 hours), and Aromatherapy (100 hours) ... with more courses under development: Herbal Constituents Distance Learning and Workshops/Retreats at our new farm, Elderberry's, in Paonia, CO! Our basic curriculum covers Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Materia Medica, Formulation, Herbal Pharmacy, Vitalist Therapeutics, Integrated Nutrition, Flower Essences, Herbs of Commerce, and Field Botany. Our Clinical, Nutrition, and Flower Essence programs also teach interview & assessment skills, and students work with clients at the onsite Evergreen Center Clinic and Apothecary. CSCH is approved & regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational Schools Board.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 720.722.4372, 720.406.8609
E-mail: lnganora@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.ClinicalHerbalism.com
Address: 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1  
Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA

CommonWealth Center for Holistic Herbalism

We practice and teach holistic Western herbalism in the vitalist tradition, integrating herbs, nutrition, movement, and stress management strategies to support the innate human capacity for healing and growth.

Our 9-month Apprenticeship Program is a complete course in practical herbalism for beginning and intermediate students, including: history and philosophy of Western herbalism; basic [patho]physiology and therapeutics for all major systems of the body, with relevant materia medica; primal nutrition, food intolerances, medicine-making (tea, tincture, infused oil, salve, etc); basic formulation; plant identification and wildcrafting skills; and foundational energetics (constitutions, tissue states, and herbal actions).

For those interested in pursuing herbalism as a profession, we offer an additional two years of advanced training. The Advanced Studies Program focuses on advanced pathology (cancer, insulin resistance & diabetes, chronic fatigue, lyme disease, and other chronic diseases), herb safety and herb-drug interactions, detoxification protocols, advanced materia medica and formulation, and clinical skills. After completing the series and sitting an 8-hour exam, students may move on to clinical rotations, seeing clients in the school's community clinic. Student clinicians submit case reports for biweekly round table review and discussion with faculty.

For those on the go or who don’t live in the Boston area, we offer webinar series and recorded classes on a variety of topics. Students can participate live during the webinar sessions, or access the video and supplementary materials at their convenience.

All our programs (both on-site and online) include readings, projects, and a discussion forum for enrolled students. We also offer community herbalism classes, herb walks, and special seminars.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
E-mail: info@commonwealthherbs.com
Web site: http://www.commonwealthherbs.com
Address: 25 Saint Mary's Court  
Brookline, MA 02446 US

David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies

Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal. We focus on differential diagnosis skills, materia medica and therapeutics which are essential to individualize treatment and help patients to not only resolve symptoms, but create constitutional change needed for physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: (908) 835-0822
E-mail: office@dwherbal.com
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Address: P.O. Box 553  
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA

Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine

The Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM) was founded in 2012 by veteran herbalist Todd Caldecott, former clinical director of Wild Rose College (2000-2004), and author/editor of several books including Food As Medicine, Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life, and Ayurveda In Nepal. With 20 years of clinical and educational experience in both North America and abroad, as well as several years serving on the Admissions Review committee for the American Herbalists Guild, our founder Todd Caldecott understands well the needs and requirements of students and practitioners. These experiences led him to create the DSBM Mentorship Program, which allows students with otherwise busy lives to flexibly pursue the highest level of natural health education, utilizing a combination of distance learning tools, webinars, personal consultation, learning adventures, and group intensives. Too often academic programs fill the student’s head with facts and details, but very little practical understanding of how to approach the field of preventative and natural medicine. The DSBM Mentorship Program aims to change this paradigm, and restore a millennia old tradition of imparting knowledge on a more direct, personal basis, that better accommodates natural learning.

The core components of the DSBM Mentorship program include:

  • Inside Ayurveda
  • Food As Medicine
  • Phytomedica
  • Ayurveda in Nepal study program
  • Group Intensive program
  • Clinical internship

To learn more about our programs, please visit https://dogwoodbotanical.com, or send an email to study@dogwoodbotanical.com.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 1.778.896.8894
Fax: 1.866.703.2792 (FAX)
E-mail: study@dogwoodbotanical.com
Web site: http://dogwoodbotanical.com
Address: 4776 West 7th Ave  
Vancouver, BC V6T 1C6 Canada

Dominion Herbal College

Dominion Herbal College (DHC) is North America’s oldest school of Herbal Medicine. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1926, it has been the inspiration of many great American and International Herbalists. Dr. John Christopher, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Jethro Kloss and Dr. Earl Mindell are only a few of the renowned graduates who got their start in Herbal Medicine with DHC. DHC provides the best source of herbal studies from the basic to clinical levels, educating students to become competent in the field of Herbal Medicine. DHC is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) of British Columbia, Canada.

The Chartered Herbalist Diploma Program is the original introductory level program of Herbal Medicine with thousands of students and graduates around the world. It provides a basic understanding of the human body and use of herbal therapeutics. The program includes Anatomy & Physiology and Materia Medica incorporating approximately 200 western herbs and encompassing botanical description, distribution, cultivation, harvest, constituents, properties, formulae & dosages and contraindications. This 1-year program utilizes a distance learning delivery method in which the program is completed by traditional, self-directed home study.

In 1989, in order to meet the growing demand for advanced herbal studies, the Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program was developed to enable individuals with a strong sense of vocation to practice as a Clinical Herbal Therapist. Also introduced at this time was the Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program Specially Structured for Health Care Professionals at the Physician Level. This vocational program in the art and science of Herbal Therapeutics provides a comprehensive system of training on how the body functions in health and illness, how herbs can affect the functioning of the body, how to assess an individual’s relative state of health and how to choose the correct herbs to treat different ailments. This 4-year program utilizes a combined delivery method of distance and onsite learning in which the course work is completed by traditional, self-directed home study together with onsite attendance at a 5-day seminar at the end of each academic year, completion of 510 supervised clinic hours at Dominion Herbal College Approved Clinics during Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 and a Final Practical Clinical Exam at the end of Year 4. Dominion Herbal College approved student training clinics are currently located in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 888.342.1926, 604.433.1926
Fax: 604.433.1925 (FAX)
E-mail: info@dominionherbalcollege.com
Web site: http://www.dominionherbalcollege.com/
Address: #271-5489 Byrne Road  
Burnaby, BC V5J 3J1 Canada

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 Registered Herbalist 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.'

School type: Distance learning
Phone: (800) 717-5010
Fax: (831) 336-4548 (FAX)
E-mail: herbcourse@planetherbs.com
Web site: http://www.planetherbs.com
Address: P.O. Box 275  
Ben Lomond, CA 95005 USA

Franklin Institute of Wellness

The Franklin Institute of Wellness is one of the only research-focused natural health institutions available offering diplomas and certificates in the fields of aromatherapy and herbalism. As a fully authorized postsecondary institution, our students enjoy the benefits of studying at a formally recognized college, and educational credentials earned from FIW provide our graduates with the recognition and credibility necessary to achieve success both within and outside of the world of natural health. FIW provides both fully online study programs and hybrid study options to meet the needs of all of our students worldwide.

Academics Rooted in Research

The faculty at FIW includes both private practice professionals and clinical researchers, providing you not only a comprehensive holistic health education but also the valuable experience of observing the process of scientific research with opportunities for student researchers to qualify to assist with original studies conducted at the institute. As a research-focused institution, our educational programs are comprehensive and holistic, including both modern scientific research methods and the traditional approaches to the field of botanical medicine.

School type: On-site learning, Distance learning
Phone: 615-261-3116
E-mail: info@franklininstituteofwellness.com
Web site: https://franklininstituteofwellness.com
Address: 504 Autumn Springs Ct  
Franklin, TN 37067 USA

Hawthorn Institute

Hawthorn Institute is a school for herbal medicine and Ayurveda, located in Williams, Oregon. We provide educational programs that advance a holistic paradigm of health and wellness, based upon principles of living in harmony with nature. Our programs uniquely interweave concepts of western herbal medicine, Ayurveda, physiology, botany, ecology, plant sciences, nutrition, and lifestyle skills.

From philosophy to practicum, our training programs combine techniques such as classroom education, personal development, clinical skills, and experiential learning in order to allow our students to gain a versatile and solid understanding of the guiding principles and practice of herbal medicine.

School type: On-site learning
Phone: 541-200-5540
E-mail: info@hawthorn-institute.com
Web site: http://www.hawthorn-institute.com
Address: 300 Pennington Creek  
Williams, OR 97544 USA

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