THE POTENTIAL FOR A Master Herbalist level of study arises out of the context and fulfillment of our full core natural medicine program- the Naturopathy program. The ability to integrate study in human physiology, effects of diet, assessment skills, bodywork therapies, energy medicine, and natural therapeutics allows the student of herbal medicine to more deeply apply, understand, and share herbal wisdom.
A Consultant Herbalist- a master herbalist- would be fully versed and practiced in the 8 pillars of natural medicine- which is the curriculum of our core ND program:
diet/nutrition, herbal medicine, bodywork, movement therapeutics, sleep/rest dynamics, hydrotherapy, energy medicine, and education/counseling.
With this foundation, the practitioner working at the Master Herbalist (MH) level of health care is best able to holistically evaluate clients and guide case histories.
To study and achieve with herbal medicine as a primary protocol, beyond the core natural medicine program- which itself offers 3 years of herbal medicine study- the Master Herbalist student will work to combine a total of 200 hours of direct, documented supervised clinical cases.
A growing number of people are called to study the rich tradition of evidence based western herbal medicine and herbal therapeutics with experienced practicing teachers.
CERTIFICATION options for herbal study
If you are not interested in an extensive, 3.5 year professional program, but do wish to study herbal medicine within a guided learning community, please follow this link for a thorough outline of our annual foundational and introductory herbal medicine program, entitled Foundational Medicinal Herbalist Study Course.
This spring/summer course, going into it's 9th year, is open to all people, regardless of their potential interest in continuing further studies or professional program participation: The website for our learning community is at : http://www.gaiaherbalstudies.net
We hear weekly from callers with positive experiences in the medicines of the earth, who are beginning to realize that the success of gentle effective medicinals will continue to grow, and has always been a part of living world cultures.
We offer a strong curriculum focus in the study of botanical medicine and evidence based, traditional herbal therapeutics, grounded in classical traditional naturopathic ideals for the clinical practice of herbal therapeutics.
To that end we keep our own Apothecary and Dispensary of raw herbs, and teach from the "ground up" - starting with foundational education in field idenfication and quality, and finishing with clinical protocols.
Our core foundation at NSHA is traditional natural medicine - and out of the achievements of within this field, the foundation to evolve into a Master Herbalist is created.
While in School, the student practitioner does not “medically diagnose and treat”, but rather interprets through the lens of traditional naturopathic practice, which is and always has been the bedrock and foundation for all global herbal traditions, including modern western herbal therapeutics.
Our ND program prepares the student on many different levels to perform well in a Master Herbalist program- to assess, research, communicate, make medicines, exercise therapeutic judgment, integrate naturopathic tools, and provides training in all of these areas which ultimately create a quality Master Herbalist.