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CommonWealth Center for Herbal Medicine
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.
All our programs include readings, projects, and discussion forum for enrolled students. We also offer community herbalism classes, herb walks, and special seminars, and for those on the go or who don’t live in the Boston area, we offer recorded classes on a variety of topics.
Web site: http://commonwealthherbs.com
Boston, MA USA
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.
Phone: (908) 835-0822
Web site: http://www.herbalstudies.org
Broadway, NJ 08808 USA
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.
Phone: 888.342.1926 OR 604.433.1926
Fax: 604.433.1925 (FAX)
Web site: http://www.dominionherbalcollege.com/
Burnaby, BC V5J 3J1 Canada
Our intention is to promote excellence in herbal practice. We provide students with beginning level herbal studies, intermediate and advanced classes in practitioner's skills. Visiting lecturers may include Matthew Wood, Anne McIntyre, David Dalton, Mindy Green and more. Check the website for the latest offerings.
Our weekends are spent absorbing knowledge of the plants on many levels. Margi’s focus is on a practitioner’s viewpoint. Lectures will be kept to a minimum. The joy of reading and accumulating wonderful herb books is encouraged. Introducing the identification, preparation, and wonder of herbs and their gifts is the emphasis. You will learn how to formulate teas, oils, salves, extracts and skin care products. We will introduce you to, and dance with, the expansive powers of flower essences, pure essential oils and the magic the green world has to offer.
Herbal Hours (INT) In-depth adventurous study enjoying one herb as our focal point. We expose ourselves to the pure essential oil, extract, infusion or decoction, infused oil, case studies using the plant, scientific research, doctrine of signatures, magical uses. This is an opportunity to learn practical formulations understanding the energetics of one herb. We will also learn to read the body for signs indicating the specific organ systems to strengthen.
ClinicCircle and Clinical Intensives (INT/ADV) Mentorship Program AHG
Become comfortable in clinical practice. 1-5 days of active office life with clients, formulation, preparation and helpful discussion to follow. Live the life of a practicing herbalist for five days, or come for one or two. Continuing education credits with the American Herbalists Guild are available on request. This is an opportunity to build your foundational skills, learn more on the use of herbs, supplements, flower essences, essential oils and the magical interaction of people with them.
Reading The Body (ALL)
Read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, marks and colors. Understanding the cues of the organ/body correspondences is a precious gift (and a curse). Indications of hot, cold, damp dry and wind conditions can easily be read once you train your eyes to see. Margi shares the knowledge learned from her teachers and clients over the past three decades.
Phone: (781) 631-4312
Web site: http://www.earthsongherbals.com
Marblehead, MA 01945 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
EverGreen Herb Garden and School of Integrative Herbology
Integrating Western Herbology and Ayurveda with Candis Cantin
8 Hours of Audio CDs/ Over 600 Page Course Pack/ 10 Herb Samples/ Pocket Guide to Ayurvedic Healing by Candis.
Learn how to integrate Western herbology with the constitutional and lifestyle model of Ayurveda. Sample course topics show how to: Evaluate the constitutional dispositions of people and their imbalances using the Ayurvedic principles; Treat acute and chronic conditions for different constitutions; How to nourish, build and cleanse the seven tissues; Create herbal formulas using the six tastes of plants and foods; Make herbal medicine using Western herbs; Learn ways to achieve greater vitality using Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic tonic herbs; Use food as our medicine; Discover methods for living a more peaceful and balanced life.
The Home Study Correspondence Course includes all material in the Integrative Herbology Beginning Program (Part 1) and the Intermediate Integrative Herbology Study Program (Part 2) taught at our school.
Web site: http://www.evergreenherbgarden.org
Placerville, CA 95667 USA
Flora Medicina is a school of herbal studies that offers online classes for everyone in French, as well as a 4 year professional program in French only. Parts of the professional online class will be offered in English.
Since 1999, Flora Medicina blends traditional, modern, scientific and energetic aspects of medicinal plants for a different approach to health, illness and healing.
Web site: http://www.floramedicina.com
St-Andre Avellin, Quebec J0V 1W0 Canada
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
Foundations of Herbalism
Foundations of Herbalism serves as an educational model for integrating the principles of herbal medicine into daily life. The course offers the essential foundation needed in order to become a well-rounded herbalist for either professional or personal purposes.
Web site: http://www.foundationsofherbalism.com
Philomath, OR 97370 USA
Heart of Herbs Herbal School
Heart of Herbs Herbal School nurtures students in learning and experiencing traditional herbal education with a modern edge. Combining up-to-date herbal education with traditional practices prepares the Heart of Herbs student to work in their community, based on the needs of their community, as educated practitioners who know and understand herbalism and/or aromatherapy. Students have the option to learn on-site or through our popular distance learning and eLearning programs. Students are trained in their field to: To work as practitioners who listen and work with the needs of their clients. Putting the needs of the client first in the health plan. To excel in herbalism or aromatherapy allowing students to formulate and combine remedies to the exact needs of a client. Provide clients with accurate evidence based information and education, to assist clients, consumers and clinicians to use herbalism or aromatherapy appropriately and safely. Students are trained in communication skills, business aptitude, practitioner ethics, appropriate care and protocols. Students will learn about over 100 herbs and 50 essential oils (depending on program). Develop materia medicas, learn about safe and ethical use of herbs and essential oils. The program also covers the following to varying degrees depending on program: Pharmacological and physiological effects; Formulation and combining remedies for specific and general needs; Research based education; Anatomy and physiology; Wildcrafting and plant identification. The school was founded in 1998 by internationally known herbalist Demetria Clark, author of Herbal Healing for Children. Heart of Herbs Herbal School has educated over 6500 students, through apprenticeship and distance education, internationally. The school offers the following programs: 1) Master Herbalist (2500 hr.), 2) Certified Herbalist (650 hr.), 3)Master Aromatherapy, 4) Certified Aromatherapy, 5) Herbal Skin Care for Business Program, and 6) other Advanced Practitioner Programs, like the GreenSpirit WiseCraft Herbal Program. Each program is updated twice a year. We also offer extensive support solutions for students allowing continual access to Demetria, so we can support each person's individual educational needs, offering an individualized approach to learning. Our motto for students is "Life Happens, we support your education in your life." (Note: We also have an international office in Basel, Switzerland.) Heart of Herbs Herbal School has complete interactive multimedia classrooms and apprenticeship programs and fully supported distance learning and eLearning.
Phone: (866) 303-HERB
Web site: http://www.heartofherbs.com
Reidsville, NC 27320 USA