Training Herbalists Since 1989
  • The North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, Inc. offers introductory, advanced, and clinical training in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in the vitalist tradition.
  • We offer seminars, short courses, distance and internet learning, and field training formats. Anyone may purchase our distance learning materials at our Secure Store, even if not enrolled in the courses.
  • We teach and practice in the Vitalist Tradition of medicine and healing. See the description of Vitalism (side box).
  • We publish textbooks in medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, and ethnobotany, including classical texts in Physiomedical and Eclectic physician-level herbalism, in print and CD-ROM formats.
  • We have published the quarterly Medical Herbalism journal (since 1989).
  • From 2003 until 2012, were were approved and Regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board. In July 2012 we relocated to Portland, Oregon. Oregon does not regulate schools such as ours, but we have kept and maintain the coursework approved by Colorado. We are not academically accredited, and students are not eligible for federal government loans.
  • We have published educational materials and offered conferences and continuing education since 1989.
  • We began offering classroom and clinical education in January 2004.
  • Our faculty members are certified herbalists with professional clinical experience and strong backgrounds in clinical nutrition. Each also has a professional background in education.
Vitalism and Herbal Medicine

Vitalism in healing is a clinical strategy based on the principle that Life, Nature, and the Great Spirit from which they arise are fully present in all the tissues of the body, and also in the psyche, the spiritual heart, and the soul, sustaining life and health, providing inspiration and momentum for personal evolution on all levels, and for the fulfillment of the highest purpose in social and spiritual life.

Vitalist practitioners employ clinical strategies and methods which support this life power through encouragement of nourishment, digestion, rest, and appropriate activity, identification of purpose in personal life, connection with nature, an active spiritual life, identification and removal of obstacles to cure on all levels, and avoidance of methods which suppress or distort life processes.

The Vitalist incorporates all aspects of science, especially physiology and pathophysiology, but equally values knowledge from traditional medicine, empirical observation, instinct and intuition, and is not confined to the narrow materialistic world view that dominates much of modern science, medicine, and social life. Vitalist herbal medicine is the use of herbs in support of this approach and these processes.