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Diploma in Herbal Medicine Course

Syllabus

1. UNDERSTANDING HERBAL THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS

  • What is herbal medicine?
  • History of herbal medicine
  • Traditional uses of herbal medicine and how the practice has evolved over the years
  • How do herbal medicines work and how do they differ from pharmaceuticals?
  • How safe are medicinal herbs?
  • What are the advantages of herbal treatment?
  • Research into herbal medicine

2. HOW TO CLASSIFY HERBS AND PREPARE THEM

  • A definition of a herb
  • Categorisation of herbs
  • Categorising herbs based on plant properties
  • Categorising herbs based on their usage
  • Categorising herbs based on their active constituents
  • Preparing herbal medicines

3. USING HERBS FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES

  • Principles of herbal therapy practice
  • The foundation for diagnosis
  • Materia Medica
  • How is Materia Medica used?
  • Common ailments and their symptoms
  • Most effective herbs for common ailments
  • Dosages and formulations

4. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR HERBALISTS

  • Blood circulation
  • Digestive system
  • Muscular system
  • Nervous system
  • Respiration
  • Skeletal systems
  • Urinary systems

5. SYMPTOM EVALUATION AND TREATMENT PRACTICE

  • Different forms of diagnosis
  • The different diagnostic methods
  • Analysis of symptoms
  • Comparative evaluation of five herbal diagnostic methods
  • Emergency situations where herbal treatment may not be the correct choice
  • The stages and process of treatment
  • Precautions to be observed
  • Herbs, food and drugs interactions

6. TREATING WOMEN'S ILLNESSES

  • Why women require additional care
  • Common illnesses in women
  • Herbs for treatment of infertility in women
  • Herbs for pregnant and nursing women
  • Phytoestrogens and their use in treating the effects of the menopause
  • Two of the widely used herbal medicines for treatment of infertility and menopause

7. TREATING CHILDREN'S ILLNESSES

  • Why herbal medicine is a good option for children
  • Common illnesses amongst children and their herbal remedies
  • Herbal medicines to build immunity and resistance
  • Dosage and usage
  • Administrating herbal remedies
  • Herbal remedies for calming hyper children

8. FIRST- AID USING HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Why herbal medicines can be a good first-aid option
  • What should a herbal first-aid kit contain?
  • A herbal first-aid kit specific for the home
  • A herbal first-aid kit specific for travel
  • Common household accidents and their first-aid treatment

9. HERBAL PRODUCTS FOR PERSONAL CARE

  • Skin care and herbal products for skin care
  • Skin disorders and herbal remedies
  • Hair care and skin/scalp herbal remedies
  • Herbal products for personal care
  • Herbal baths
  • Aromatherapy
  • Benefits of using herbal products

10. HERBS IN FOOD AND NUTRITION

  • Healthy diets and dietary plans
  • Culinary herbs
  • The nutritional value of herbs
  • Beneficial use of herbs as a food supplement

11. HELPING SUFFERERS OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

  • What IBS is
  • Symptoms of IBS
  • What causes IBS
  • Herbal remedies for IBS
  • Other ways to help IBS sufferers

12. HERBAL REMEDIES FOR ANIMALS

  • Why herbal medicine is good for animals
  • Common pet illnesses
  • Common herbal remedies for pets
  • Which herbs are not safe for pets
  • Herbal remedies for horses
  • How to give herbs to pets
  • Herbal supplements for pets
  • Licensed herbal veterinary medicines

13. SETTING UP AS A HERBALIST

  • A place to work – for administration and for consultations
  • Where to practise?
  • Using a telephone and answerphone
  • A herbalist’s equipment
  • Transport
  • Useful reading
  • What skills do you need?
  • How to assess your strengths and weaknesses
  • How to practise herbalism within the law
  • Other aspects to consider
  • Getting prepared

14. FINDING CLIENTS

  • How will you position yourself?
  • Sources of work
  • The internet
  • Networking
  • Leaflet drop
  • Seminars
  • Fee-charging seminars
  • Free seminars
  • How to organise a seminar that wins you clients
  • Using PR to get business
  • Making your website work
  • Gaining referrals
  • Advertising. The media. Writing an ad.

15. HERB GARDENING

  • How to grow herbs
  • Outdoor herb gardening
  • Indoor herb gardening
  • How to dry herbs
  • Herbs which are grown from a seed

16. MANAGING YOUR FINANCES

  • Setting up your business on a small budget
  • Putting together a business plan
  • How to keep financial records in four easy steps
  • Paying tax
  • Indemnity insurance