When selecting an herbal training, if you base your decision on an advertised accreditation certification, promise of a degree, credential of master herbalist’s degree, or other such authorizations, know that there is no legal recognition in the United States for these titles.
The most an herb school or course can legitimately provide is a certificate of completion in their course, irrespective of content. This is what the East West Course presently offers its USA graduates.
Students who are investigating different distance-learning or on-site herbal schools should not be mislead by false claims of accreditation or degrees that ultimately mean nothing in terms of legal status in the USA. Besides studying herbs,
it is wise for students to learn basic Western sciences, including anatomy, physiology and pathology. This may be obtained through colleges, distance-learning courses, documented attendance at a required number of on-site seminars, or hands-on clinical experience under the mentorship of a professional clinical herbalist.
The East West School of Herbology encourages all students to carefully document and record any and all herbal or related studies they experience and keep records of all cases they treat with herbs, professional or otherwise. This may be important for any future accrediting or licensing of herbalists in the USA. For now, consider this course of study:
- Materia medica
- Principles of formulation
- Anatomy, physiology and pathology
- Practical clinical diagnostic skills
- Practical clinical experience
The herbal industry is the fastest growing branch of the multi-billion dollar a year alternative health movement. Individuals who are skilled in the complexities of clinical herbal medicine are needed in all branches of this industry.
Many herbalists and students of herbal medicine are able to work with licensed practitioners in offering herbal alternatives and solutions to patients. Others may work as private herbal consultants using herbs to enhance general health and well-being. Both may be done if refraining from diagnosing and treating disease and instead using traditional and ancient healing modalities such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine (TAM).
The East West School of Herbology prides itself in being the most comprehensive herb course, offering an integrated study of Western, Chinese and East Indian Ayurvedic herbal medicines.
This includes the study of traditional diagnostic skills based on observation, palpation, listening and interrogation, basic western sciences and clinical experience.
Do not be deceived by false claims and advertisements.
Certainly the majority of schools have something to offer. The goal of the East West School of Herbology is at the forefront of establishing a comprehensive training curriculum in the three major systems of herbal medicine; Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic, to offer a practical training that is at once comprehensive, affordable and structured for all levels of interest and commitment.