Clinical Herbalist Training 2021

We are delighted to offer the Clinical Herbalist Training Program (CHTP), a rigorous 200 hour course designed for students interested in practicing herbalism, and treating friends and family. The skills taught in the CHTP create a solid foundation for aspiring herbalists to establish a practice. 

Students will learn:Patient care

Patient Care 
  • How to conduct consultations
  • How to create holistic herbal treatments for acute and chronic health conditions
  • Receive samples of intake forms and waivers
  • Establish boundaries and practice self-care  

Case Studies  

  • Review numerous case studies, practice creating botanical protocols, and receive feedback
  • How to create personalized formulas with respect to the client's constitution. 

Endocrine System

Students will learn physiology, pathophysiology (physiology and symptoms of abnormal states), and therapeutic treatment of the following: Asparagus tuber


  • Physiologic effects adrenal cortical and adrenal medulla hormones 
  • Stages and treatment of General Adaptation Syndrome (adrenal distress and burn-out) 
  • Symptoms of adrenal diseases; learn when to refer to a medical professional

Metabolic (blood sugar) disorders

  • Physiologic effects ofAshwagandha insulin and glucagon
  • Pathophysiology of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, syndrome X, and diabetes type I and II
  • Therapeutic protocols for regulating blood sugar (herbs, diet, and nutrition)  


  • Physiologic effects of thyroid hormones
  • Pathophysiology of hypothyroid and hyperthyroid
  • Therapeutic protocols 

Diagnostic Skills for the Herbalistpulse diagnosis

  • Understanding constitutional patterns with tongue, skin, and physical diagnosis. 

Establish a Practice Step-by-step

  • Basic business skills for the herbalist 
  • How to determine your rates 
  • Establishing and sustaining a practice and pharmacy
  • Pharmacy management

Materia Medica

  • In depth study of medicinal and clinical therapeutic uses of herbs
  • Emphasis placed on adaptogens, immune-modulators, anti-infectives, Chinese tonics, and Western herbs. 
  • Preparations and dosages
  • Botanical and common names
  • ContraindicationsFormulation

The Art of Formulation and Compounding 

  • Learn how to create personalized herbal tea and extracts 
  • Learn strategies to determine proportions and dosages 

Herbal Pharmacy and Medicine MakingApothecary 1730, 1 

  • Hands-on formulating of herbal teas and compounds
  • Experiment with single herbs and compounds

First Aid Kits 

  • Create and present first aid kits

Class Schedule

Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The program runs from  September 2021 through Thursday, December 2021 (dates TBA). There is a one week break (no classes on November 23 and 25). 


The tuition for the program is $2,800. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by Friday, August 12; the remainder of the balance is due on or before September 14, 2021. Credit card payments are accepted; however, there is an additional 4% processing fee. Note:  A 10 student minimum is required in order to hold the program. 


All classes are held at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies in Fieldbrook, California. Directions will be sent following the student's acceptance into the program.

Volunteer Requirement 

Students are required to volunteer a minimum of two to four hours weekly to assist with set-up and clean-up before and after class, and assist in maintaining the garden and pharmacy. 

Required Materials

Students are responsible for purchasing the following books and materials:

  • Its imperative that students have a functioning printer and weekly internet access
  • Students are responsible for printing copies of the Powerpoint presentations, materia medica sheets, and other lengthy therapeutics handouts.
  • Materials for preparing a first-aid kit and medicines prepared outside of class.
  • Pruning sheers, a digging implement, gardening gloves, and gardening pad (optional, but recommended) 

Disclaimer: The class material and dates described above are subject to alteration.