Training Herbalists Since 1989

Practical Herbalism: Practical Uses of 50 Herbs

48 hours CE Credit with Certificate

Practical-frontThe CD-Set, Notes, and Supplemental Readings and Texts may be purchased separately without enrollment in the course and with no additional tuition fee.

About This Course
  • Hours: 48
  • Term: 16 weeks
  • Cost of materials: $189
  • Tuition cost (optional): $160
  • Enrollment fee (optional): $25

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  • Learn the uses of 50 herbs
  • Learn how to make more than 20 kinds of herbal preparations
  • Learn how to use herbs to improve your nutrition
  • Learn how to use herbs for skin conditions
  • Learn how to use herbs to improve rest
  • Learn how to use herbs to improve digestion
  • Learn how to avoid adverse effects by remaining aware of the hot, cold, moist, or drying effects of herbs.
  • Learn how to use herbs for pain, infection, and fever.

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.


With this course you receive 18 audio disks, more than 380 slides to accompany the lectures, PDF copies of 14 classical herbal texts, a complete copy of the NAIMH Actions Database of 150 herbs, and an abridged PDF copy of the Healing Power of Minerals and Trace Elements by Paul Bergner. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs


Lesson 1. Journaling Herbal Experience Lesson 2. Practical Uses for garlic Lesson 3. Nutritive herbs Lesson 4. Topical Herbs Lesson 5. Herbs to support digestion Lesson 6. Moistening and drying herbs Lesson 7. Heating and Cooling herbs Lesson 8. Herbs to support relaxation Lesson 9. Herbs for pain Lesson 10. Herbs for infection and fever

Further down on this page you can find Faculty Biographies, or see a Track List of the 18 CDs here.

Enrollment for Credit

To enroll in the course, receive faculty support, and to earn the Continuing Education certificate, follow these steps:

  1. Purchase the CD-set in the CD-ROM Section of our Online Store The CD-Rom set may be purchased without further enrollment in the course or any tuition payment.
  2. When you receive it, open the data disk file, and print out the application form. Send it in with a $25 application fee, and the $160 tuition. This entitles you to student support and faculty contact for 16 weeks after the enrollment is accepted and your receive a faculty mentor.
  3. Read the instructions for obtaining CE credit in the read-me-first file with the notes.
  4. Look over the CE questions and review them before listening to the disks.
  5. Complete any assignments or readings and answer the CE questions for each disk.
  6. You will receive a certificate reflecting 48 hours of CE credit.


Paul Bergner is director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He has edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He completed more than 50 semester hours of doctoral level studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in the 1980s, including the full sequence on Chinese Medicine offered to the ND students. He was Director of clinical education at Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies from 1996-2003, and clinic director at the Evergreen Center in Boulder, CO from 2003 to 2013.  He has trained more than 250 students through a two-year program with internship in clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition. He is the author of seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, and naturopathic medicine. Paul has practiced natural medicine for more than 40 years.