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Therapeutic Herbalism Correspondence Course

Therapeutic Herbalism Correspondence
The Investment

Traditional Roots of Herbalism

A foundational course into Western Herbal Medicine. This is designed for individuals who have some understanding of herbal medicine, but wish to fully immerse themselves in the gentle natural healing art. This in-depth, comprehensive course emphasizes hands-on learning. Included, as the core of this course is the correspondence course written by David Hoffmann, Therapeutic Herbalism. When the course is completed, you will have a solid working knowledge and understanding of the foundation of Green Medicine and Herbalism.


An introduction to the Therapeutic Possibilities of Herbal Medicine:
The therapeutic possibilities of phytotherapy within the context of holistic medicine are explored, emphasizing the relationship between Herbalism and other therapeutic modalities. Sources of herbal information, how to conduct literature searches, and approaches to the study of Herbalism, are covered.

A Model

A Model of Holistic Usage:
A review of different selection criteria, both therapeutic and non-therapeutic, leads to a model, enabling the practitioner to apply herbs within a holistic context.


As the basis of the model and approach used throughout the course, these are studied in depth, covering their physiological mechanism, biochemistry, therapeutic possibilities and major examples. These herbs are categorized by their secondary actions and systems affinity.

Course Includes: 10 lessons with over 800 pages of text and an index in an attractive, sturdy binder, and a certificate upon successful completion. The following information will answer your questions about how to use these lessons.

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1. Basic Principles
Herbalism, Gaia in Action
The Gaia Hypothesis
What are Herbs?
Herbs, Holism and the paradigm shift
Therapeutic Ecology
Complementary, Alternative or Orthodox?
Herbalism and Homeopathy
The International Context of Herbal Medicine
Intrinsic qualities of Traditional Medicine
Integration of Traditional & 'Western' Medicine

Selection Criteria
Assessment of the herbs impact
Using herbs within the context of a therapeutic system
A model of holistic Herbal Medicine
The Actions of Herbs
Non-Therapeutic selection of criteria
Classification of Medicinal Plants
Botany, Pharmacy and Dispensing
Taxonomic Classification
Classification of chemical structure
Classification of Physiological Effect

The Formulation and Preparation of Herbal Medicines
Internal Remedies- Water-based preparations
Dry-based preparations
External Remedies
Dosage and formulation criteria
Dosage for children and elders
Sources of Phytotherapeutic Information
Emergency Applications
Actions Strengths and Chemistry Immunity
Holism and Phytotherapy
Medicinal Formulations
Research Updates
Traditional Pharmacology

2. Systems
The Digestive System
The Cardio-Vascular System
The Lower Respiratory System
The Upper Respiratory
The Nervous System
The Urinary System
The Reproductive System
The Musculo-Skeletal System
The Skin
Immunity, Holism and Phytotherapy
Phytotherapy and Children
Phytotherapy and the Elderly

3. Actions

4. Materia Medica
A-Z Herbal
    * Herbalism, Gaia in Action
    * Botany, Pharmacy and Dispensing
    * Classification of Medicinal Plants
    * Emergency Applications
    * Actions Strengths and Chemistry Immunity
    * Holism and Phytotherapy
    * Medicinal Formulations
    * Research Updates
    * Traditional Pharmacology
    * Immunity and Phytotherapy
    * Materia Medica
    * Phytotherapy for Children & the Elderly

Projects & Assignments

    * Clinical Case Studies
    * Formulation Protocols
    * Botanical Profile
    * Writing a Research Thesis

The Process

PART I (The Correspondence Course) Is the home study part of the course. Study the material and do the lessons at your own pace. Send in the lessons through the postal mail or email. We'll check your lessons and make comments and give you feedback on your progress.

PART II (The Advanced Study & Research) This part of the course is where you have the opportunity to dive even deeper into this field of study. Choose an area of study that you related to in the course, one that sparks passion within you, invites yours curiosity, beckons you to explore and research. Write a 5,000-word thesis and conduct a research project and send it in; we would also ask that you also offer a few classes or lectures in this topic to your local community. This part of the course takes it to another level of understanding and builds confidence.

One-on-One Sessions
These sessions are available to both support and deepen the learning experience of this course. Three sessions of 40 minutes each which can be done over the phone or through Skype. These are available to guide and advise you on your research thesis project. You need to book these sessions well in advance once you have sent in your proposed thesis topic. 

Your Guide & Adviser: Shantree Kacera


Homework is sent in upon completion of each lesson and is returned to you. Keep us posted as to how you're doing with your projects.

Time Completion

You may complete these lessons on your own time schedule. But in order to utilize them to their fullest, we recommend you set up a schedule time to do each lesson; one evening a week or an afternoon on the week-ends will keep your momentum going. The average time to complete the course is about one year. Some students have completed the material in 6 months while others may take a few years.

We do ask that you complete the course in a period of two years. After the two year period, if the student fails to complete the course within the allotted period, the time-extension fee is $100. for an additional year.


One of the specialties of these lessons is the personal attention available to your questions and homework. We invite your comments, favorite herbal recipes, and suggestions.


Each student who successfully completes the lessons and ALL the homework will receive a beautiful Herbal Certificate. The Certificate awarded states that you are acknowledged for the successful completion of a thorough in-depth study of herbalism. The reputation of this course is outstanding and is recognized as superior among other professional herbalists, herbal schools, and holistic centers.

Lessons 1-10 & Beautifully Designed Course Binder

The Therapeutic Herbalism Correspondence Course comes in a specially designed binder. The binder makes it easy for you to keep your lessons, homework and other course material together. The binder is sent out as soon as we receive your tuition.

To receive your lessons, binder and textbooks send a check for $1350. to: 'The Living Centre', 5871 Bells Rd. London, ON. CANADA, N6P 1P3

Course Books Included

* Conscious Living Manual ~ Shantree & Lorenna Kacera
* The Holistic Herbal ~ David Hoffmann, MNIMH
* Medical Herbalism: The Science & Practice of Herbal Medicine:
   Principles and Practice ~ David Hoffmann FNIMH, AHG
* Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina & Stress Relief - David Winston & Steven Maimes
* Dictionary of Herbalism ~ Simmon Mills, MNINH

Further Study & Hands-on Experience

For hands-on training see our Mentorship Program for dates and details click here>
For information about the Visionary Herbalism Educator Course click here>

Register for Therapeutic Herbalism Correspondence


Regular fee $1400

Includes all Correspondence Course material and One-on-One Sessions plus taxes where applicable.

Shipping is $50 for North America
Shipping is $100 for International

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