This course has been incredibly beneficial to how I think about herbalism, my confidence in this pursuit, and to a more well-rounded and solid idea of the Vitalist approach to healing. When I began the course I was moving through it primarily to explore the thought process of taking on a role as a healer to others. Now I find myself equally considering how I can continue to be a healer to myself, and this is invaluable. The formulation section of this course was probably the most transformative for me, and it was very helpful to be able to “read” the consideration process as it relates to formulating for different complaints and body compositions.
This course has opened up my sense of what is possible with herbal medicine when using the Vitalist approach. I went into this course knowing the power of herbs on the body, what I have taken from the course is a greater sense of the herbs discussed and their many beneficial uses. Additionally, I have gained a system for learning about medicinal plants I am unfamiliar with. This course has also helped me weave together a new approach to my own state of health that is more focused on balance and less on an un-realistic state of health. I am grateful to be able to take away so much from this course.
As a practitioner and long time student of Western Herbal Medicine, the coursework and support I had at the NAIMH was invaluable in my journey towards clinical practice. After practicing emergency medicine for some years, and studying in classroom programs at two other schools, I had the privilege of taking my first NAIMH course, Vitalist Treatment of Acute Symptoms. With a reasonable background in medicine, the biosciences, and herbalism already, I was all the more impressed with the breadth of information I found through this course. Herbs I felt I knew previously, expanded in their scope and application, while my knowledge of practical clinical protocols was greatly enhanced. Since then I have taken every NAIMH distance course offered and I have not been disappointed. I particularly appreciate the modern medical herbal perspective steeped in Greek-Arabic humoural medicine and the Vitalist tradition of Physiomedicalism . . .. and they say Western Herbalism has lost its energetics. Paul Bergner and Mary Barnes proved to me that this is not the case.
It’s amazing that after “dabbling” with herbs for over 20 years and settling into the same routine with the tried and true handful that had become part of our family’s medicine cabinet [and often snuck into our dinners] that my passion and fire has been rekindled, but with purpose. The approach of how to learn and study herbalism has been an eye opening experience and will change the way I study from here on out.
I warmly and wholeheartedly recommend Paul Bergner’s (NAIMH) audio courses to any student or practitioner who wants to deepen their knowledge or strengthen their practice. I had been in full time practice for well over 20 years when I first came across Paul’s works and I count their solid, practical, experience and tradition based wisdom as amongst the very best of the courses and materials I have found in a life-time of study. The highest recommendation I can give is that, when my adult daughter set her heart on becoming a herbalist, Paul’s courses are the ones I suggested she begin her own life time of learning with – she is already flying with them.
I love your programs. The instructors are great, I can listen to them over and over (and have) and they give me some new perspectives and also serve as a great review. I am a registered herbalist (AHG) and have been studying herbs and natural medicine for over 55 years and still have an insatiable thirst for continued learning. Your programs are about the best there is in herbal education.