Training Herbalists Since 1989

72 hours CE Credit with Certificate


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

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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.

With this course you receive 30 audio disks, 190 pages of notes, a PDF library of 36 classical texts in medical herbalism, more than 800 pages of article reprints from the Medical Herbalism Journal, a PDF copy of The Healing Power of Ginseng and the Tonic Herbs and the folk Remedy Database, both by Paul Bergner. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs.


Each lesson includes an average of 6 hours of lecture, readings, study, and examination.

Lesson 1. Upper, Middle, and Lower Gastrointestinal Tract Conditions

Lesson 2. Blood purifiers, alteratives, the Bad Blood Symdrome, and the Skin

Lesson 3. External and internal treatments for the skin

Lesson 4. Wounds, burns, and chronic ulcers

Lesson 5. Catarrh, chronic mucous, and lymphatic conditions

Lesson 6. Fever

Lesson 7. Coughs, Eyes, and Ears

Lesson 8. Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia

Lesson 9. Pain

Lesson 10. Bladder and Kidney

Lesson 11. Menses

Lesson 12. Pregnancy and breast health

Further down on this page you can find Faculty Biographies, and a List of Tracks of the 30 CDs

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. This entitles you to student support and faculty contact for twenty-four weeks after the enrollment is received.The student must maintain normal progress through the course, handing in a lesson each 2 weeks. The student may request an extension.
  3. Read the instructions for obtaining CE credit in the read-me-first file.
  4. Look over the CE questions and review them before listening to the disks.
  5. Complete any assignments and answer the CE questions for each disk.
  6. $240 tuition is due when you send in your first lesson assignments. This entitles you to grading of questions and assignments.
  7. You will receive a certificate reflecting 72 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 atthe 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.


About This Course
  • Hours: 72
  • Term: 24 weeks
  • Cost of materials: $299
  • Tuition cost (optional): $240
  • Enrollment fee (optional): $25

Album 1

  • History and Energetics 2 disks
  • Upper gastrointestinal 1 disk
  • Lower gastrointestinal 2 disks
  • Alteratives and Bad Blood 2 disks
  • Skin, Itch, Wounds 3 disks
  • Fatigue, Insomnia 2 disks
  • Depression 1 disk
  • Anxiety 2 disks

Album 2

  • Pain 2 disks
  • Catarrh, Mucous membranes 1 disk
  • Cough, Sore throat 2 disks
  • Allergies 1 disk
  • Eyes, Ears 1 disk
  • Fever 2 disks
  • Colds, Influenza 1 disk
  • Urinary tract 2 disks
  • Menses 2 disks
  • Pregnancy, Breast health 1 disk