The Advanced Herbalism Program is a ten-weekend program that meets once a month from March to November. The first five weekends are devoted to exploring the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, followed by five weekends that provide training essential for clinical practice. All classes are held in Clayton, Georgia.
March 18 & 19 to July 8 & 9, 2017 Healing with the Five Elements Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG)
Understanding the energetic concepts underlying Five Element theory provides you with a framework to recognize patterns of strength and weakness when assessing clients and creating treatment plans. During each of these five weekends, we’ll examine one of the Five Elements as a holistic expression of health, personality/character and psycho-spiritual wellbeing. Using case studies, you’ll see how elemental imbalances manifest in common health conditions. Specific herbs, from both Western and Chinese medicine, are covered as well as guidelines for diet and lifestyle.
March 18 & 19 - Wood Element, April 8 & 9 - Fire Element, May 6 & 7 - Earth Element, June 3 & 4 - Metal Element, July 8 & 9, 2017 - Water Element
August 5 & 6 Medicinal Plant Constituents and Herb/Drug Interactions Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG) Learn about phytochemistry as it relates to herbal medicine. Using simple, easy to understand terminology, this seminar introduces you to polysaccharides, polyphenols, alkaloids, tannins, resins, volatile oils and many more. The information presented may be used to guide medicine making practices and organoleptic (using the senses) assessments skills to identify plant matter as well as to develop a deeper understanding of herbal actions.
The second half of this weekend provides a general overview of some of the considerations that both practitioners and their patients need to be aware of when combining herbs with prescription medications. By understanding some of the general principles of pharmacology, it is possible to predict common interactions, discern theoretical concerns and take precautions to avoid adverse reactions.
September 9 & 10 Cardiovascular Health: Arterial and Venous Support Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG)
This seminar focuses on the role of the heart, vascular system and liver in healthy blood flow. We’ll begin by traveling through the arteries as we explore the etiology of atherosclerosis and its effect on hearth health. Tracing the development of arterial plaque back to its initial lesions, you’ll learn to apply your knowledge of herbal medicine to prevent heart disease.
Finally, we’ll look at other common cardiovascular symptoms – weak blood vessels, increased capillary permeability – that contribute to swollen limbs, varicosities, hemorrhoids, and other venous insufficiencies. We’ll explore how blood congestion in the heart and liver manifests in hepatic portal stagnation to affect the efficient flow of blood movement through the veins. Together we’ll explore the ways that herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes can remedy these conditions.
September 30 and October 1, 2017 Dietary Interventions and Food Energetics Cara-Lee Langston, MS Learn to identify and apply evidence-based dietary interventions in clinical practice. We will explore the fundamentals of Chinese nutrition therapy as well as modern dietary protocols for a variety of chronic conditions, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and metabolic syndrome. Topics include the thermal and energetic nature of foods, Five Element nutrition therapy, and cooking for specific imbalances and dietary restrictions.
This class is designed to provide you with reliable, peer-reviewed nutrition resources to add to your clinical toolkit. And we’ll also prepare and taste several healing, whole foods recipes.
October 28 & 29, 2017 Walking Through an Intake and Creating an Herb Clinic Binder Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG) and Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG)
Learn the ins and outs of doing a thorough herbal intake session as Mimi and Patricia share their tips for mastering this process. From your first contact with a client through creating a treatment protocol, this seminar provides you with clinical pearls of wisdom needed to conduct an intake with confidence.
The second part of this weekend introduces you to a valuable method for preparing and organizing your consultation files. Learn about the many essential forms, quick references and clinical observation tools that provide the basic components of a simple clinical binder. Pre- and post-consultation paperwork, quick herbal reference pages, herb-drug interaction tables and other personalized materials are also covered.
The information presented this weekend seminar is invaluable for anyone beginning an herbal practice whether it is with family, friends or the general public. We’ll also allow plenty of time for your questions.
November 11 & 12, 2017 The Art of Herbal Formulation Leslie Williams, RH (AHG)
Learn to create safe, effective herbal formulas to treat both acute and complex, chronic health conditions in this interactive class. Together we’ll deconstruct, and construct, the components of traditional formulas derived from the Physio-Medicalist, Cherokee, Bell, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic and Triune systems. You’ll learn to understand the reasoning and therapeutic logic behind many classic, time-honored formulas as well as common commercial herb products.
After experimenting with various formulation methods, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to create your own custom herb formulas whether your apothecary contains 30 herbs or two hundred. Throughout the weekend we’ll discuss a wide range of herbs but always with an emphasis on local plants.