Community Herbalist Program ~ Intermediate Herbal Training
The Community Herbalist Program is a ten month intermediate herbal program with an emphasis on the Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine constitutional system and the functioning of the endocrine system and its relation and influence on various body systems. Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is the only herbal folk system that developed in the United States, excluding of course, Native American medicine.
In the Community Herbalist Program, you’ll learn about the Southern Blood Types (Bitter, Salty, Sweet, and Sour), the four elements (fire/water and air/earth), and the influence of constitution on health and personality. You’ll also learn ways to balance a person’s constitution using herbs, foods, and lifestyle changes.
You’ll learn about the functioning of the endocrine system, its interaction with organ systems, the role of hormones in health and well-being, and the primary disorders which affect each of the glands in the endocrine system. Studies and practice will continue in the traditional assessment techniques of tongue, pulse, nail and hair assessment approaches.
The role of nutrition in maintaining health is studied in greater depth. We’ll study the symptoms of nutrient deficiency and how this may affect bodily processes and the foods, vitamins and supplements which can bring these deficiencies back into harmony.
You’ll also learn about herbal formulation and how to prepare a formula designed for the individual and their particular constitution.
The student will continue to build an herbal materia medica primarily focused on the medicinal herbs of the Southeast and those found east of the Mississippi. Please keep in mind that many of these plants grow from the Gulf Coast to Maine, in the Midwest, in the canyons of the West and along the West coast of the United States.
The Community Herbalist Program (CHP) is an intermediate level of study. Pre-requisites to this program include previous studies from an approved herbal program or the completion of the ACNH Family Herbalist (Basic) Program.
Dates and Times
February 11 – November 12, 2017
The Community Herbalist Program (CHP) is a certificate program, held one weekend a month for ten months, beginning in February and ending in November. Class times are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday.
Tuition is $2,500.00 for ten months, or $250 per month. There is a $50.00 non-refundable deposit for new students attending the CHP program. Returning students are not required to pay the deposit.
Please make checks out to: Phyllis D. Light. If you would like to use Paypal please contact Phyllis.
Full-tuition, $2,500.00, is due the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made. A limited number of monthly payment plans of $250.00 per month are available for your convenience, but must be worked out in advance. Please note, that once you commit to the program whether or not you pay in advance or pay by the month, you are responsible for the month’s payment even if you miss a class. Missed classes can be recorded and notes can be borrowed from other students.
Please contact the ACNH if you are coming in from out-of-town and need overnight accommodations.
There is one partial work exchange program offered for a local student. This goes fast so apply early if you are interested.
General Course Information
There are no required texts for the class. All lesson material will be provided.
Check the class syllabus for a full list of topics and dates.
Weekend classes include lecture, demonstration, discussion, plant walks and assignments. Homework is submitted online for grading and brought to the next class for discussion. All homework must be completed before you can receive your certificate of completion for the course.
Community Herbalist (Intermediate) Program Syllabus for 2017:
February 11 and 12
Saturday and Sunday – Overview of basic nutrition. Role of vitamins and minerals in health. Recommended quantities of basic nutrients and their food sources. How to eat healthy.
March 11 and 12
Saturday and Sunday – Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine Intensive. History of its origins, the four elements, blood types, practices and principles. Stories about Tommie Bass, Granny, and my early training. Discussion of homework assigned in February.
April 8 and 9
Saturday – Understanding the endocrine feedback loop and blood brain barrier. Positive and Negative Feedback. Control of endocrine activity. Receptors and target cells. (Sets the stage for future discussions of the endocrine system.) Understanding the actions and role of hypothalamus and pituitary.
Sunday – Spices as Medicine. Tea tasting. Laws of Opposite and Similar. Plant walk – Doctrine of Signatures. Discussion of homework assigned in March.
May 13 and 14
Saturday and Sunday – The Pineal: function, hormones produced, disorders, herbs and nutrients, lifestyle support. Guidelines for creating herbal formulas.
Sunday – What the Medicine Men Knew. Review of tongue assessment – practice with classmates. Tea tasting, case study or plant walk. Discussion of homework assigned in April.
June 17 and 18 (3rd weekend)
Saturday and Sunday – The Thyroid: function, hormones produced, disorders, herbs and nutritional approaches, lifestyle support. The Parathyroid – function, hormones produced, disorders, herbs and nutrients, lifestyle support. First aid and trauma remedies. 10 excellent herbs. Discussion of homework assigned in May.
July 8 and 9
Saturday – Folk astrology and other traditional folk approaches to health, gardening, weather and living. Native American Animal Medicine.
Sunday – Ten essential oils for the herbalist. Ten homeopathic remedies for the medicine chest. Tea tasting, case study or plant walk. Discussion of homework assigned in June.
August 12 and 13
Saturday and Sunday – Adrenal glands: function, hormones produced, disorders, herbs and nutrients, lifestyle support. Sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Stress. HPA axis. Acid/Alkaline Balance. A look at adaptogens. Tea tasting, case study or plant walk. Review of nail assessment – practice with classmates. Discussion of homework assigned in July.
September 9 and 10
Saturday – Pancreas: function, hormones produced, disorders, herbs, nutrients, lifestyle support. Type 1 and 2 diabetes. Enzymes.
Sunday – Understanding weight gain. Weight loss strategies. Causes of health disparities. Tea tasting, case study or plant walk. Review of face and skin assessment – practice with classmates. Discussion of homework assigned in August.
October 21 and 22 (3rd weekend)
Saturday – Ovaries and Testes – function, hormones produced, disorders, herbs and nutrients, lifestyle support.
Sunday – Creating healthy fertility, pregnancy and childbirth. Tea tasting, case study or plant walk. Discussion of homework assigned in September.
November 11 and 12 – Present Projects. Fun, food, certificates.