“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
This in-depth program provides essential training in the foundations of Western Herbalism with a total of 459 hours of study. The core curriculum was created by Paul Bergner for the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. Completion of the Footprints in Medical Herbalism program grants students a certificate from ASHM for 279 hours of class time and 24 hours of lab time, plus an additional certificate from NAIMH for 156 self-study hours.
Overview of the Footprints Program
Course Materials from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism are required for this program. This single flash drive contains 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
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
Botany and Plant Identification
Wildcrafting, Foraging and Wild Foods
Processing herbs from field to bottle
Plant Spirit Medicine
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.
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.
Footprints in Medical Herbalism Program 2018-19
(currently in session)
Program Begins: September 27, 2018
Graduation: June 15, 2019
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
| 10:00 am – 1:00 pm || 10:00 am – 1:00 pm |
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Class times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm,
plus 1 Saturday per month (3-4 hours).
Please visit our Tuition & Enrollments page.
Download and read the Footprints Student Handbook before submitting your application.
Footprints in Medical Herbalism Program 2019-20
Program Begins: September 24, 2019
Graduation: June 6, 2020
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
|10:00 am – 1:00 pm ||10:00 am – 1:00 pm |
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
1 per month, 3 hours
Class times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, plus
1 Saturday per month for lab/clinic hours (3 total hours).
For tuition information please visit our Tuition & Enrollments page.
459 total hours
279 classroom hours + 24 lab hours + 156 self-study hours certified by NAIMH