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  • Learn the the traditional concepts of the Spiritual Heart in Chinese and Unani medical systems.

  • Learn the correspondences between those concepts and contemporary psychology. 

  • Learn some herbs used in those system to affect the consciousness in the Spiritual Heart.

  • Learn a materia medica of these and Western herbs with nuances of actions such as exhilarant, heart-protecting, heart-centering, and heart-wisdom. 

  • Learn formulation methods to create focused remedies for individual patients. 


The Spiritual Heart is described in both Chinese and Unani traditional medical systems as the seat of the conscious mind, of cognitive awareness, and is connected to various psychological and emotional states. Both systems have an extended materia medica to help those in states of stress, trauma, agitation, and disconnectedness find balance and a centered awareness. Over a period of more than 20 years at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, we developed this category of Western herbs, incorporating North American plants with the traditional Heart remedies of these systems.



With this course you receive 2 hours of audio lecture, A journal article and notes, a study guide with CE questions, and two textbooks for reference. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs.


Enrollment for Credit

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

  1. Purchase the course materials at our Online Store here. These 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 enrollment form. Send it in with $30 tuition.

  3. You will then be assigned a faculty mentor and are entitled to student support and faculty contact for four weeks after the enrollment is received and you are notified of your faculty contact. Students falling behind may request an extension.

  4. Read the instructions for obtaining CE credit in the read-me-first file with the notes.

  5. Look over the CE questions and review them before listening to the audio.

  6. Answer the CE questions for each disk.

  7. On completion, you will receive a certificate reflecting 5 hours of CE credit.



This lecture was delivered by Paul Bergner at the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference in New Mexico in 2011.  It has been edited and enhanced in the studio. You can see the faculty bios here.

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About This Course
 Hours:      5
          Term:        4 weeks
    Materials  $29 
                 Tuition:    $30 (optional)
This course may be taken stand-alone, or as one of the courses in the Advanced Western Materia Medica Certificate

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