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  • Learn how to devise a formula for each patient, rather than for each condition.

  • Learn a set practical clinical herbal actions that will accurately predict the physiological effects expected in the patient.

  • Learn how herbal actions are combined, focused, or modified through herbal pairing

  • Learn the art of herbal pairing to create 2-3 herb compounds

  • Learn from a database of herbal pairs complied from more than 160 years of North American herbalism

  • Learn how to use these compounds as simples, or to expand them into more complex formulas

  • Learn a method to study a complex formula and see the totality of its actions on the tissues.​


Any combination of two herbs will convey the actions of each of the herbs, but may also produce a synergy so as to create an entirely new medicine. The study of pairing and simple combinations is the foundatiion of effective and flexible formulation. This course begins by simplifying and clarifying the concepts of herbal actions, which today are a cacophany of terms which resembles the state of language after the fall of the Tower of Babel. You will then learn the principles of moving from simple herb, to pair or triplet, and ultimately to complex patient-tailored formula.



With this course you receive 12 audio modules, each equivalent to a CD-ROM, 52 pages of notes, more than 780 pages of article reprints from the Medical Herbalism Journal, the  Chinese Herbal Materia Medica by Paul Bergner, a full PDF copy of the principles and materia medica sections of William Cook’s classic Physiomedical Dispensatory, and a  30-page NAIMH database of herbal pairings used over a 160-year history of the Physiomedicalist school of physician-level herbalism in the U.S and the United Kingdom. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs.



Each lesson includes an average or 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of projects.


Lesson 1. Herbal Actions overview and review

Lesson 2. Clinical definitions of herbal actions

Lesson 3. Introduction to Herbal Formulation

Lesson 4. Pairing in Herbal formulation

Lesson 5. Classical Herbal formulas

Lesson 6. Individualized formulas


Enrollment for Credit

To enroll in the course, receive the right to faculty contact, and to earn the certificate, follow these steps:

  1. Purchase the Audio materials at 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 $120 tuition.

  3. You will be assigned a faculty mentor, and are entitled to student support and faculty contact for twelve weeks after the enrollment is received. Students falling behind may request an extension.

  4. Read the instructions for obtaining CE credit in the Syllabus with the notes.

  5. Listen to the audio materials, taking notes according the instructions.

  6. Complete the assignments and answer the questions for each lesson. .

  7. You will receive a certificate reflecting 36 hours of CE credit.



This course material was presented by Paul Bergner to Advanced students in a pre-clinical program at the NAIMH in Boulder, CO in 2010. See Faculty Bio.

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About This Course
Hours:      36
Term:        12 weeks
Materials $139
See School Store for discounts

Tuition:    $180 (optional)
This course may be taken stand-alone, or as one of the three courses in the Advanced Western Materia Medica Certificate

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