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This comprehensive, intensive 6 month program utilizes the Eastern concept that all things are interconnected and the flow of energy within and around our bodies affects our health and well being. It includes exploration of the body’s function and structure in a healthy system while weaving spiritual, energetic, and scientific aspects of herbs and nutrition with Western & Eastern philosophies on healing. Students will study Traditional Chinese, Ayurveda and Western patterns, archetypes & protocols for specific imbalances (dis-ease). This program provides beginner and advance skills by incorporating our Eclectic Herbal Primer and moving into learning about complex health imbalances and advanced therapeutic approaches through hands-on clinical experience. Students will make a variety of herbal preparations, go on herb walks, develop basic and complex herbal formula making skills, cultivate alternative diagnostic techniques, investigate case studies, work in a student clinic, develop a materia medica of 150 herbs, explore specific plant actions and contra-indications, and learn techniques to promote healing through harmonizing & repairing our body’s subtle energy fields. Students will walk away with a basic foundation in energetics and homeopathy and advance training in herbology, nutrition and holistic health protocols.

This program prepares you to practice in any one of the following arenas:
Holistic Health Practitioner
Holistic Health Counselor
Health & Wellness Counselor
Integrative CAM Practitioner
CLASS TIME: This class meets usually the second & fourth weekend of the month from April through September. Classes are held from 9:30-3:00 pm with an optional yoga class available prior to class (8:00-9:15 am) $10 per class.

2015 DATES: April 11, 12; 25, 26; May 16, 17; 30, 31; June13, 14; 27, 28; July 11.12; 25, 26; August 8, 9; 22, 23; September 5, 6

CERTIFICATE: students who attend 80% of class and hand in all assignments will receive a certificate of completion as a Holistic Health Practitioner.

• History of medicine –roots of herbology
• Gaia concept
• CAM characteristics
• Mechanisms for health & healing
• Ethics
• Legalities
• Keeping records
• Business management
• Insurance
• Appropriate referrals
• Research
• Field identification
• Plant Families
• Flowers/leaf type
• Ethical harvesting
• Herb walks & field trips
• Nutrition essentials
• Ayurveda & TCM healing with food
• Food guidelines for constitutional types
• Therapeutic nutritional guidelines
• Therapeutic use of nutritional supplements – green foods, juicing
MATERIA MEDICA – 100 + herbs
• Parts used medicinally
• Medical actions and uses
• Chemical constituents
• Synergy of herbs
• Contraindications
• Gathering
• Preserving herbs
o storing/drying
o medicinal teas – infusions, decoctions, sun teas
o tinctures – alcohol, vinegar, glycerin
o syrups
o salves, oils, liniments
o poultices, compresses
o pills, suppositories
• Formula making – LeSassier’s triangle method
• Herb & drug interactions
• Yin & Yang Theory
• Five Phase Theory
• 8 Guiding Principles
• Patterns of health & disease
• Constitutions
• Herings’s Law of Cure
• Homeopathic principles
• Doses
• Selecting & administering the right remedy
• Anatomy of subtle body
• Chakras – balancing & opening
• Energy fields
• Crystal therapy
• Mending energy fields
• Basic principles
• Doshas approaches to healing

• Case taking
• Vitals
• Tongue diagnosis
• Iridology
• Facial colors & lines
• Nails
• Energetic diagnostics

 HERBAL, HOMEOPATHIC, NUTRITIONAL, & LIFESTYLE THERAPEUTIC PROTOCOLS including a review of body structure & function – following imbalances are just a sample of what we will cover
• Digestive tract–GERD, IBS, peptic ulcers, Celiac disease, hemorrhoids, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
• Cardiovascular –hypertension, arteriosclerosis, varicose veins
o Respiratory imbalances asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza
• Immune system
o autoimmune disorders – rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, Crohn’s
o immune deficiencies – breast, prostate, colon cancers
o stress & allergies – food allergies, candida, hay fever
o Infections & infestations – fighting off invaders – eye, sinus, throat, etc.
• Nervous system
o mental health issues – depression, anxiety, etc.
o insomnia
o pain
o headache, migraines
• Endocrine system
o reproductive imbalances – menopause, PMS, dysmenorrhea, prostate etc.
o thyroid imbalances- hypo & hyperthyroidism
o diabetes – Type II
• Detoxification approaches
o Excretory systems – urinary/liver/skin/large intestine
UTI, stones, hepatitis, eczema, acne, boils, ringworm, herpes
o Sources of toxins – physical & energetic
• Trauma – herbal & homeopathic first aid kithead injuries, cuts, scrapes, insect bites
o Musculo-Skeletal systemarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, sprains, strains bruises, fractures
• Childhood illnessescolic, croup, cradle cap, diaper rash, colds, hyperactivity, teething, ear infections, diarrhea, fever
• Case studies & clients
• Clinical nutrition
• Holistic approaches
• Counseling techniques
• Putting it all together