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Clinical Materia Medica II:

Herbal Pairing and Modular Formulation


In this course you will:

  • Review interview and assessment techniques to determine the patient constitution.

  • Review the general principles of herbal combination

  • Review principles of substitution of herbal analogues in formulas

  • Learn the properties of more than 100 herbal pairs.

  • Review important historical combinations of herb from the Physiomedical, Unani, and Chinese systems.

  • Learn the composition of more than 25 complex formula modules researched and developed over more than 25 years in the classroom and teaching clinics of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism.

  • Learn how to quickly and flexibly combine formula modules into complex patient-specific formulas.

  • Study more than a dozen classical formulas from Western herbalism.

The clinical art of formulation is to devise a formula appropriate to each patient, specific in its components and their proportions to the condition of the patient, and adjusted or modified to their constitutional presentation. We begin with the study of simple pairs, and then progress to formula modules of 2-4 complementary herbs which can themselves be combined flexibly into larger formulas.



With this course you receive 10 hours of audio files for the 4 Sections of the Course lessons, more than 110 slides to accompany the lectures, supplementary notes, readings, references and a digital library of classic texts in medical herbalism.  The course comes with a Study Guide and Continuing Education questions. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs.


Section 1  Patient Assessment for Formulation

Section 2  Principles of Herbal combination

Section 3  Herbal Affinity Groups

Section 4  Modular formulation


Formula modules described 


  • Demulcent Compound

  • Antispasmodic Compound

  • Anodyne Compound

  • Anti-Inflammatory Compound

  • Immune compound

  • Nervine compound

  • Hypnotic Compound

  • Tonic/Adaptogen Compound

  • Liver Chi Relaxant Compound

  • Composition Powder (Stimulant Riaphoretic)

  • Relaxant Diaphoretic Compound

  • Basic Alterative Compound

  • Basic Adjuvant Compound

  • Vital Stimulant Compound

  • Exhilarant Compound

Further down on this page you can find Faculty Biographies.


Enrollment for Credit 


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

  1. Purchase the course materials in our online store. The materials may be purchased for self-study without further enrollment in the course or tuition. 

  2. When you receive materials, print out the application form or scan it to email. Send it in with the $145 tuition, or make the payment at the school store. 

  3. This entitles you to assignment of a faculty mentor for 12 weeks after we notify you that your enrollment is accepted. You may also request and 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. Complete any assignments or readings and answer the CE questions for each lesson.

  7. You will receive a certificate reflecting 21 hours of CE credit.


The recorded lectures were delivered by NAIMH Director Paul Bergner in classroom settings, edited and supplemented with studio portions. If you enroll, you will also be assigned a faculty mentor. All our faculty are fully qualified clinical nutritionists as well as medical herbalists. Click here to see Faculty biographies. 

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About This Course
  Hours:    30 CEU
Term:      12 weeks
Materials:     $89
Tuition:    $145 (optional)

This course may be taken stand-alone, or as a  course in the Advanced Clinical Skills Certificate

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