TRADITIONS

SCHOOL OF HERBAL STUDIES

HONORING THE PAST,

MANIFESTING THE PRESENT,

CREATING THE FUTURE

Professional Clinical Chinese Herbalist Program
A two year program, this course meets for one weekend each month for lectures. Second year students participate in the weekly student clinic, practicing hands-on with a diverse clientele.






LEVEL ONE CLASSES
Level One Classes are required for advancement to Level Two Classes. These classes must be completed in order.

1. General Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory
This class covers the concepts of Yin, Yang, Qi, Blood and Body Fluids as well as 5 Elements and 8 Principle Theories. Pre- registration and Herb school application required. Class usually starts in November.

2. General Chinese Herbal Theory & Legal and Ethical issues in Herbalism
The first day of this class will cover basic concepts of herbs and formulas. We will discuss quality, risks, preparation, dosage, flavors, 18 incompatibles and more. Day two will explore potential legal and ethical issues in clinical herbalism to include DSHEA, selling/prescribing conflicts risk factors in the consulting room and HIPPA.

3. General Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostics

- Tuition for all Chinese Herbalist weekend intensives is $250.



LEVEL TWO CLASSES
Must have completed all three Level one classes to attend Level Two classes. These classes can be completed in any order. Each class will be offered once every two years. Discussion will be on the major herbs of each group on the first day and common formulations on the second. We will also discuss western herbs, Du Yaos and possible formula alterations. 

Release Exterior and Drain Fire Herbs & Formulas
Drain Damp/Transform Phlegm
Regulate Qi & Blood
Building Qi, Blood, Yin & Yang
Calming the Shen & Extinguishing Wind
Stabilize & Bind, Open Orifices, Food Stagnation

Making Herbal Products & The Business of Herbalism
The first day of this class will be hands-on making of various herbal medicines. On the second day we will delve into the opening and running of potential herbal practice, record keeping and business plan writing.

Vitamin & Mineral Therapies
We will discuss how various supplements can be included into client care. Discussion will also focus on TCM energetic relationship to various vitamins.

Anatomy & Physiology for Herbalists
This class will explore the body from the western medical approach so that we can better have conversations with doctors and clients.

Pathology for Herbalists
This class will discuss common western medical diseases from patho-physiology and pathology approaches. Must have completed Anatomy & Physiology.

Overnight Field Study/Camping Trip
The camping trip will be offered once a year and will be a fun and exciting exploration of the roots of herbalism. 

Botany
This class will explore the basic ideas of plants structure and classifications needed for any herbalist. 

Herb/Drug Interactions & Western Herbal Practices
Day one will be a discussion of risks and potential herb & drug interactions as well as positive benefits of herbs and drugs. Day two will explore the language of western herbalists and many of their
approaches.

 - Tuition for all Chinese Herbalist weekend intensives is $250.



LEVEL THREE CLASSES
Student must have completed at least one year of classes before attending these advanced classes.

Chronic Disease
We will focus on the difficultly of treating some of the more common chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Cancer, CFS and more.

Fertility & Gynecology
We will focus on the unique problems faced by the practitioner when dealing with regulating the menstrual cycle. We will look at fertility, PMS, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea and more.

Geriatrics, Children & Infants
We will look at the unique needs of these special types of clients and how we must adjust our diagnostic techniques, dosages and administration of herbs.

- Tuition for all Chinese Herbalist weekend intensives is $250.


OPEN CLASSES
No prior classes must be completed. These classes are open to any interested person.

Beyond Herbs: Barefoot Doctoring
This class covers the techniques outside of normal herbalism such as auricular therapy (ear therapy), moxibustion, basic acupressure, Chinese dietary theory and cupping. Wear comfortable clothes since there will be hands-on practice. Moxa (mugwort) will be burned during this class and may bother someone who is irritated by certain types of incense. 

- Tuition for all Chinese Herbalist weekend intensives is $250.