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Foundations of Herbalism - Professional Herbalism Course - Fire Module
Sat, May 6, 2017, 9:00 AM – Sun, Jul 9, 2017, 5:00 PM EDT
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.
May 6th & 7th: The Digestive System
Herbalists say the Digestive System holds the key to health. The old saying ‘We Are What We Eat’ should be revised to ‘We are what we are able to assimilate!’ Good digestion depends on the smooth working of the alimentary tract from mouth & teeth down to the other end.
On Saturday May 6th, the class will begin with an introduction to the Ayurvedic Dosha ruled by fire, Pitta and correlating herbal actions. We will concentrate on issues concerning the stomach and intestines such as chronic heartburn, GERD, candida, intestinal dysbiosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, food intolerances or food allergies. Classic herbal remedies ranging from digestive bitters to relaxants, demulcents and carminatives such as such as Wormwood, Slippery Elm, Fennel, Marshmallow & Licorice will be covered as well as protocols for each condition. You will also learn to formulate teas for a number of digestive issues in this class.
On Sunday May 7th, the class will cover the topic of liver detoxification including a personalized herbal protocol for liver cleansing. Herbal Materia Medica will cover chologogues and choloretics such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Schizandra, Artichoke, Chicory and Burdock as well as examining protocols for gallbladder issues and hepatitis. A plant botany ID walk in the Smile Garden will be included.
June 3rd & 4th: The Immune System
In this second weekend we’ll be looking at actions, herbs, protocols and recipes for Immune Self-Care including using herbs as food and a component of medicine making. We strive to give you a better understanding of the difference between acute and chronic disease processes and care as well as a basic capacity to apply the knowledge you develop for safe self-care and in-home use.
On Saturday June 3rd, the class will start with an Ayurvedic Immune perspective and a session on pulse diagnosis. Herbs with Immune Modulation actions will be covered including Astragalus, Reishi, Shiitake, Eleuthero, Rhodiola, Pau d’ Arco and Licorice. Herbal protocols for Environmental Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Auto-immune conditions will be gone over and a batch of ‘immune soup’ will be prepared for all to share. Recipes for all prepared food will be supplied.
On Sunday June 4th, we will cover infectious medicine, concentrating on the herbal anti-microbial, anti-fungal and diaphoretic herbs for fever management. We’ll touch on the subjects of influenza, the common cold and insect-borne diseases such as Lyme. Our Immune Herbal Materia Medica will cover Echinacea, Elderberry & flower, Sweet Annie, Yarrow, Thyme, Oregano and Boneset and we’ll cook up some immune support Elderberry syrup and Garlic-Ginger Oxymel to keep the bugs at bay! A list of other immune boosting herbal recipes & protocols will also be given out.
July 8th & 9th: The Cardiovascular System
Our cardiovascular system is one of the main transport system of the body, moving that vital fluid, blood, which carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and removes waste. A healthy heart and circulatory system is said to be the secret of a long life. It is a fact that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of morbidity & mortality in the US and thus we would consider the saying to be absolutely true!
On Saturday July 8th, the class will cover the subjects of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pre-diabetes/diabetes. In the Materia Medica, we’ll look at flavonoid-rich herbs such as Hawthorn, Bilberry, Linden, Hibiscus as well as Gymnema, Cinnamon and Red Yeast Rice.
On Sunday July 9th, we’ll continue the theme of the cardiovascular system by explore heart healthy recipes, herbal tea blends & supplements to stay ahead of any health problems as well as specific blends for cardiac tonics for the aging heart, poor circulation, peripheral neuropathy & varicose veins. Herbs such as Buckwheat, Ginger, Prickly Ash, Rosemary, Horse Chestnut and Stoneroot will be covered.