436 total hours

280 classroom hours + 156 self-study hours certified by NAIMH

​Footprints in Medical Herbalism Program 2017-18
Program Begins: September 21, 2017
Graduation: June 15, 2018

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10:00 am – 1:00 pm
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This program meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am - 1 pm, plus an occasional Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm for field trips.

​Class Dates: 

This is an entry level course for the study of herbal medicine, and presents the context of the vitalist approach to healing, nutrition and lifestyle, and also a basic introduction to formulation, with case-based study ... you will learn how to study an herb, which will establish a foundation for effective future learning. This is a project-oriented course, you will taste the herbs, journal their effects, make your own tinctures, devise formulas, and study actual clinical cases. Do not mistake this to be a simplistic introductory course, it contains within it the inspiration, hands-on experience, tools, terms and concepts, and methods of application, and case based learning that many contemporary herbalists missed out on in their own education.” -NAIMH

​​​​Course Description

This program certifies herbalists in the foundations of western herbalism. Core curriculum is created by Paul Bergner for the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Completion of the Footprints in Medical Herbalism Program grants students a certificate of 156 hours with NAIMH, and completes a total of 436 hours of study in Western Herbalism.

​​​This certificate program includes a First Course in Medical Herbalism, which covers Paul Bergner's introduction to herbs from different categories. It introduces students to tasting herbs and journaling their experience, as well as the essentials of Vitalism, and also formulation. Students listen to Paul’s audio recorded lectures outside class, submit a reflection paper and then it is discussed in class with practical examples of illustrative cases. In each chapter of the material, students read outside the class, and then do the tasting and journaling in group, with discussion and comparison. The course also includes making tinctures, reviewing case studies, and devising formulas. Students learn about alteratives, immune herbs, tonics, female herbs, and humoral temperament of herbs (such as hot, dry, cold, moist).
This program goes on to introduce 50 more herbs, learning them in practical categories such as nutritive, topical, hot/cold, moist/dry, fever, pain. The focus in these elementary categories so often necessary for self-care or for family and friends. These pieces get students up and running to use herbs as part of a lifestyle, and includes Paul Bergner’s personal best "clinical pearl" type formulas and simple materia medica. The last piece of this program is the Vitalist Treatment of Acute Symptoms. This teaches how to treat more than 40 different chief complaints, with pathophysiology, conventional treatment, folk remedies, materia medica, along with practical formulas and preparations.
Finally, the Footprints in Medical Herbalism program offers essential elements for developing the skill set of a traditional herbalist.  Many additional classes have been woven throughout the program to include areas such as: botany, wild-crafting, foraging, plant processing, pharmacy skills, ethics, earth centered traditions, herbs for children’s health, flower essences, homeopathy, garden tours, herb walks, and more.  

Overview of the Footprints Program

Course Materials from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism are required for this program. A single flash drive with the entire library of clinical and classical texts, articles, slides, Medical Herbalism Journals, and the personal notes of Paul Bergner.
The Footprints Program has 4 main components to the curriculum. These are the three Courses that make up the Foundations program at NAIMH and the Traditional Herbalism skillset:
First Course in Medical Herbalism
    Lesson 1. How to study herbalism, herbal forms, and herbal actions
    Lesson 2. Alterative herbs.
    Lesson 3. Immune-enhancing and antiseptic herbs
    Lesson 4. Sedative herbs
    Lesson 5. Herbs for women
    Lesson 6. Energy tonics
    Lesson 7. Healing strategies, with case studies
    Lesson 8. Herbs and common medical conditions
​Practical Herbalism
    Lesson 1. Journaling Herbal Experience
    Lesson 2. Practical Uses for Garlic
    Lesson 3. Nutritive Herbs
    Lesson 4. Topical Herbs
    Lesson 5. Herbs to Support Digestion
    Lesson 6. Moistening and Drying Herbs
    Lesson 7. Heating and Cooling Herbs
    Lesson 8. Herbs to Support Relaxation
    Lesson 9. Herbs for Pain
    Lesson 10. Herbs for Infection and Fever
Vitalist Treatment of Acute Symptoms
    Lesson 1. Upper, Middle, and Lower Gastrointestinal Tract Conditions
    Lesson 2. Blood Purifiers, Alteratives, the Bad Blood Syndrome, and the Skin
    Lesson 3. External and Internal Treatments for the Skin
    Lesson 4. Wounds, Burns, and Chronic Ulcers
    Lesson 5. Catarrh, Chronic mucous, and Lymphatic conditions
    Lesson 6. Fever
    Lesson 7. Coughs, Eyes, and Ears
    Lesson 8. Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia
    Lesson 9. Pain
    Lesson 10. Bladder and Kidney
    Lesson 11. Menses
    Lesson 12. Pregnancy and Breast Health​
Traditional Herbalism
    Herb Walks
    Botany and Plant Identification
    Wildcrafting, Foraging and Wild Foods
    Herb Processing and Quality Control
    Flower Essences
    Earth Centered herbalist skills
    Plant Spirit Medicine
    Building Community Resources
Class Materials
1) NAIMH Foundations Flash Drive
A data drive of course study material is to be purchased on your first day of class. These materials come on a large capacity flash drive and include: audio recorded lectures with Paul Bergner for each of the main courses, course study guides, lecture notes, and a PDF Library of herbal references and classic texts. A complete copy of the NAIMH Actions Database of 150 herbs, and an abridged PDF copy of the Healing Power of Mineralsand Trace Elements by Paul Bergner. Classical texts in medical herbalism, more than 800 pages of article reprints from the Medical Herbalism Journal, a PDF copy of The Healing Power of Ginseng and Tonic Herbs and The Folk Remedy Database, both by Paul Bergner. This drive inserts into a USB port on any computer. The cost of this Required Class Material is in addition to tuition. 
2) Supplies
All medicine making supplies are stocked at the school and available for class use. These include bottles, menstruums (oil, alcohol, honey, vinegar, etc.), jars, herbs, labels, strainers, scales, grinders, measuring devices, and all the things an herbal pharmacy needs. A supplies fee is required to cover the cost of these items used and dispensed in class. Students will take home finished tinctures, herb infused oils, syrups, salves, tea formulas, fire cider, etc. The supply fee also covers the cost of any parking fees and State Park fees (needed for some herb walks), a botany loop, and hundreds of pages of spiral bound printed notes. The required Supplies fee is in addition to tuition.

Please see our Enrollment page for pricing.​

​​​​For Tuition Information please visit our Enrollments Page 

Please download and read the Footprints Student Handbook before submitting your application.

Footprints in Medical Herbalism