The Foundations of Herbalism
This year our Professional Herbalism Classes through the Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism at Smile are following a new format. They can be taken as a continuous year-long course leading on to the second year of the Professional Herbalism course or taken separately as a one day or weekend course for Continuing Education credit (AHG) or simply for interest’s sake.
The Professional Herbalist Program runs over the course of two and a half years (2½). At completion of the first year, students receive a Foundations of Herbalism Certificate. At completion of the second year, students received a Certificate of Advanced Herbal Studies. For those that are interested in clinical practice, there is also a 6 month clinical component. If all stages are completed, students receive a Diploma of Clinical Therapeutic Herbalism.
The course is in executive format consisting of 1 weekend a month over a period of 9 months (contained in 3 modules of 3 months each). Students can begin the course at the beginning of any of the modules as they are all self-contained. Study between classes is required.
Each of the 3 modules is $699 for a total of $ 2097.00 for each entire year. The clinical component is 2 modules of 3 months for a total of 6 months and is $800 per module. Any class payments can be paid in installments, if desired.
January 7th & 8th: The Male Reproductive System, The Musculoskeletal System
Saturday, Jan. 7th:
Men of all ages are the focus of today’s class as we focus on herbs to nurture the Male Reproductive system such as Saw Palmetto, Damiana & Nettle root. We’ll be going over conditions such as benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostatitis, low libido and general male tonics to boost energy and endurance. The class includes recipes and samples of ginseng and withania stamina snack balls and damiana and sarsaparilla longevity tonic.
Sunday, Jan. 8th:
Supporting our frame is one of the most important things we can do as we grow older. Our bones, muscles, joints and connective tissue hold us together and wear and tear is inevitable as we age. Exercise and proper amounts of vitamins and minerals are vital but herbs can play a large role in clearing inflammatory metabolites out of joints and easing the creaking and cracking of arthritis. We will cover conditions such as osteoarthritis, repetitive strain injury, carpel tunnel, sports injuries and plain old aches and pains in todays’ class as well as look at effective herbal alteratives and anti-inflammatories and dietary and exercise suggestions. In the afternoon we’ll also be making some topical creams and ointments to have in your medicine chest.
February 4th & 5th: The Female Reproductive System
This weekend it’s all about women so join us for a 2 day workshop on womens issues. The Female Reproductive System is complex with many feedback mechanisms involving the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, ovaries, endometrium and the adrenal glands. We’ll explore this dance of the hormones and herbs to keep the system well regulated.
Saturday, Feb. 4th:
On Saturday we’ll be covering female issues often seen in the earlier years such as dysmenorrhea, irregular periods, infertility, pregnancy and endometriosis. We’ll explore a number of uterine tonics and astringents such as Red Raspberry leaf, Vitex, Shatavari and Dong Quai which normalize function and strengthening the whole system.
Sunday, Feb. 5th:
Today, we’ll focus on the mature woman and look at conditions that are commonly seen in older women such as vaginal infections and dryness, fibroids, peri-menopausal and menopausal issues including weight gain, memory loss and thyroid dysregulation. We will also look at dietary and lifestyle solutions and specific phyto-steroidal and female regulating herbs such as Kudzu, Maca and Black Cohosh for those conditions.
March 4th & 5th: The Endocrine System, The Urinary System & Hydrotherapy Workshop
Saturday, March 4th:
This important system is made up of the endocrine organs which include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas and the gonads. It controls the hormones that regulate our blood sugar level, rate of metabolism, absorption of calcium, fight or flight mechanism and many other processes. In this class, we’ll look at conditions such as diabetes, thyroid dysregulation and dysfunction including Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease and examine ways to regulate the endocrine glands through diet, herbs and supplements
9 am -12:30 pm: Ayurveda and the Endocrine System, Diabetes
1:30-5:00 pm: Thyroid dysfunction and dysregulation
Sunday, March 5th:
In accordance with classic TCM tradition which links the kidneys with the adrenals, this class will cover both urinary and adrenal conditions. Beginning with introduction to the urinary system and adrenals, herbal actions and herb profiles for these systems will be examined including such favorites as Cranberry, Uva Ursi Licorice, Rehmania and Corn Silk. We will cover urinary infections, incontinence, interstitial cystitis and adrenal exhaustion and dysregulation.
We will finish up the day with the age old techniques of hydrotherapy including therapeutic sitz baths, steams, foot soaks and inhalations. The historical methods still work wonders for everything from blocked sinuses, BPH, fibroids, chest infections and skin issues.
9 am -12:30 pm: Urinary System herbs and conditions
1:30-5:00 pm: Hydrotherapy and formulation building workshop.
Certificate and Diploma Courses
The Foundations of Herbalism Certificate, awarded at the end of the year, gives you a good grounding in herbal medicine. Gaining this level of skill will give you access to enough herbal knowledge to do self-care and work with friends and family.
If desired, once you have completed the first year, you can advance to the 2nd year of classes. The classes continue in same format but at an advanced level with class interviews, clinical assessment, case histories, diagnostic methods and herbal and dietary protocols covered over 3 modules. A certificate of Advanced Herbal Studies is obtained by finishing this 2nd year.
To obtain a Diploma of Clinical Therapeutic Herbalism, 6 months of supervised clinical work is undertaken. This involves seeing your own clients under the supervision of highly experienced Clinical Herbalists at MASH. This final portion of the professional courses enables the student herbalist to learn clinical practice and business skills in a supportive and nurturing environment before branching out on their own.