Skill set: In this sequence, you will learn the tools, terms, concepts and methods of practice to effectively use a group of 150 herbs to aid more than 40 common conditions.
Much of herbal education today is like a ramshackle house, a first floor is built without a view of the entire building. The student may learn some herbs, perhaps in a take-this-for-that paradigm, with a few facts from folk herbalism, or a few from science, but is not prepared for the totality of what the herb actually does or what effect it has in a patient. Perhaps the herb is learned as a “magical bullet” divorced from the context of the diet and lifestyle. Then an addition is put on the building, or a second floor, or an outbuilding, but without coherent architectural plans. The student learns a few more things, may now be captivated and enchanted by the study of herbs, but does not know how to study in preparation for actual use in a real setting. The result is an odd piece of architecture without coherence or consistency. The building may not support upper floors because it was not built with upper floors in mind in the first place. In your training at NAIMH, the very first course, and every subsequent course, is designed with the end result in mind: an herbalist successfully caring for self, family, friends, community, or the general public with effective healing methods and knowing the way to continue to learn and grow as their experience expands. This certificate course sequence will give you immediate practical skills, but also establish a strong foundation for all your future study.
This is an entry level course for the study of herbal medicine, and presents the context of the vitalist approach to healing, nutrition and lifestyle, and also a basic introduction to formulation, with case-based study, You will learn 15 herbs and how to use them to care for more than twenty different conditions. Most important you will learn how to study an herb, which will establish a foundation for effective future learning. This is a project-oriented course, you will taste the herbs, journal their effects, make your own tinctures, devise formulas, and study actual clinical cases. Do not mistake this to be a simplistic introductory course, it contains within it the inspiration, hands-on experience, tools, terms and concepts, and methods of application, and case based learning that many contemporary herbalists missed out on in their own education.
This is full immersion into hands-on herbalism in the vitalist paradigm, where we study and use herbs in the context of a broad vision of harmony or discord in the diet, lifestyle, and constitutional individuality of the patient. You will learn how to use a set of 50 herbs to support nutrition, digestion, rest, skin conditions, pain, and common self limiting infections and fevers. We cover in-depth the practical uses of the herbs, with attention to the all-important hot, cold, moist, dry, tense, and relaxed constitutional states of patients, conditions, and herbs.
The forces of life and nature tend inherently toward healing, restoration, and the preservation and evolution of life within an individual. Acute symptoms are an expression of that same life force, and are essentially healing in nature. In treating acute symptoms, the practitioner walks a fine line between relieving suffering of the chief complaint, and suppressing the inherent healing forces of nature. This course demonstrates non-suppressive, supportive treatments for the major symptomatic complaints. It is comprised of recordings of an advanced post-graduate apprentice seminar for recent graduates of a school of clinical herbalism. This 12-lesson course covers the physiology, pathology, nutrition, pharmacology, herbal actions, and vitalist and constitutional considerations for acute symptoms whether as primary complaints or part of a larger presentation of chronic disease. You will learn non-suppressive and supportive treatments for digestion, tooth and gum problems, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, dysbiosis, blood purification, acne, eczema, poison ivy/oak, wounds, minor burns, boils, skin ulcers, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, pain, excess mucous, cough, sore throat, asthma, allergies, eye problems, fever, colds, influenza, urinary tract infections, menstrual complaints, and support for pregnancy and lactation