Are you seeking a career in herbology?
Or are you simply interested in learning how to heal yourself or others with herbs?
If your answer is yes to either question, then we invite you to come study with us.
Our Distance Learning Courses -- Choose Your Level of Expertise
Family Herbalist Course
Includes a 12 lesson course with student evaluated tests to complete at the end of each lesson, Rosemary Gladstars Family Herbal (now titled, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health), a detailed study guide for this book written by Michael Tierra, two other books, and a DVD, Planetary Herbology featuring Michael Tierra.
Professional Herbalist Course
Includes a 36 lesson course plus eleven additional books and other supplementary materials. There are lesson tests, essays, projects and a final exam to complete. (Personalized feedback and evaluations are given for each lesson test). A certificate is awarded at the completion of the course. Enrollment includes a one year student membership in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG).
The East West Certified Herbalist Program (E.W.C.H.)
Includes a 36 lesson course and supplementary materials, three seminar tracks, physiology and anatomy, pathology and disease, and 400 or more supervised clinical hours. The E.W.C.H. acknowledges the expertise and experience of our East West clinical herbalists and carries the endorsement of Michael and Lesley Tierra. Students completing this program are eligible to apply for professional membership in the American Herbalists Guild (AHG).
Of the many herbal training programs I have seen, I consider the East West Herb Course to be one of the best introductions to the world of clinical herbal medicine currently available. It provides a detailed introduction to the broad world of Western and traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic herbalism, unlike most schools which only focus on one discipline. It is also one of the most innovative programs that combines distance learning with in-person study of multiple herbalists, and for those who desire it, a clinical mentorship program. I would recommend it to any serious herbal student who seeks a distance learning model.
Students enrolled at East West receive a 25% discount from our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs!
The Only School to Learn Planetary Herbology
Led by alternative health pioneer and American Herbalists Guild founder Dr. Michael Tierra, O.M.D., and accomplished acupuncturist, herbalist and author Lesley Tierra, L.Ac., AHG, ours is the only herb course that teaches Planetary Herbology, Tierra's unique, global approach to the world's greatest herbal healing traditions -- western herbalism, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine (TAM). East really does meet west here at the East West School of Herbology.
Since its founding in 1980, we have thousands of students and graduates from around the world now practicing as health professionals, clinical practitioners, and home herbalists.
We are equally proud to say that our school has graduated the largest number of leaders and professionals in the herbal industry.
The East West correspondence course unites a solid study of herbs from all over the planet with scientific research, medicine-making and diagnostic systems that will increase the efficacy and healing results of practitioners at any level.
Guided by the Tierras' combined six decades of worldwide clinical experience, and staffed by a talented faculty of professional herbalists, the East West correspondence course offers its students distance and on-site education from the very best experts in the field.
With the East West Herb Course, you get:
- Online and in-person lessons from real professional herbalists with real clinical experience
- Direct study with Dr. Michael Tierra, O.M.D., one of the world's most respected and influential herbalists
- On-line Learning Center, forum, weekly case studies and special studies directly with Michael Tierra
- A 36-lesson step-by-step education which you complete at your own pace from home
- Adjunct study tools such as books, CD's, videos and DVDs
- Adjunct training modules
- Personally-graded essays and tests
- A comprehensive understanding of over 400 herbs from all over the world and their uses
- Diagnostic tools appropriate to herbalism
- Dietary energetics and food therapy (see below)
- Guidelines for herbal preparations, remedies and traditional healing therapies and techniques
- Detailed teachings on herbal formulary
- Energetic herbalism as applied to disease and herbs found anywhere in the world (see below)
- Two different Western science courses
- On-site and hands-on annual East West training seminars, including three advancing levels of teachings and continuing education classes for graduates.
- Mentorship program guiding graduates through clinical experience and study
- An extensive materia medica of over 500 herbs -- Western, Chinese, Ayurvedic and from other world traditional medicines
- Specific treatment of over 90 different disease conditions with their assessment and herbal treatment strategies
- Advanced assessment and treatment strategies and techniques
- 400 CE hours approved by California Board of Acupuncture for the Professional Course
- The confidence to use herbs to heal yourself and others safely and effectively, no matter where you are, using both local and exotic plants
Last but not least, if you complete the East West Professional Herbalist Course, three seminars, western sciences and mentorship hours you become an East West Certified Herbalist. This is the highest level an herbalist in the United States may obtain. East West certification opens the way for acceptance as a professional member of the prestigious American Herbalists Guild (AHG).
East West Herb Course Teaching Approach
The East West Herb Courses are founded in integrity and written and taught by practicing herbalists and clinicians. Our graduates are among the leading professionals in the herbal field. We do not teach doctrines, nor do we offer non-substantiated degrees and titles, but we do effectively train home and community herbalists along with graduate professional herbalists and clinical practitioners who can become members of the national herbal organization, the American Herbalists Guild (AHG).
We then present a materia medica of over 500 plants along with advanced assessment skills.
Energetic vs. Allopathic Herbalism
While western herbal training tends to emphasize the allopathic use of herbs ("this herb is good for that") along with their pharmacology and biochemistry, our Planetary Herbal approach teaches the energetic identification and application of herbs. Energetic herbalism recognizes the heating or cooling, strengthening or eliminating, rising or descending, taste, properties and so on of herbs as well of disease. This system does not diagnose and prescribe, but identifies patterns of illness based on specific energies and then chooses herbs and treatment strategies accordingly.
The Planetary Herbalism energetic teachings of the East West Herb Courses are based on the oldest, living, extant herbal medicine systems, TCM and TAM, each of which have over 5000 years of experience and practice. These energetic systems are only tools, yet they have proved to be the most effective, efficient and alternative approaches to allopathic herbalism and medical diagnosis and treatment. The Planetary Herbalism system provides a rational assessment methodology system on which to base which herbs you choose for treatment, an approach unfortunately lost in most western herbal training systems.
The East West Herb Courses also teach energetic diet and food therapy along with tools to tailor your own health-supportive diet along with preparations, remedies and other healing tools, techniques and therapies. In fact, many students regain their own health, and/or help their family members and friends regain their health, just by studying and applying our course teachings.
East West Herbalist Course Details
Because the East West Herb Courses are correspondence courses, you may complete them according to your own time frame needs. However, each may be finished within two years or less. We also offer on-site and hands-on annual training seminars divided into three separate, advancing tracks along with graduate continuing education courses. In addition, we offer a mentorship program guiding our graduates through clinical experience and study.
On-line we provide student networking through the Student Assembly classroom, weekly cases study chats, Webinars, and special studies directly with Michael Tierra. These sessions are archived and available in reserve for East West students for on-going study. In addition, there are student forums which are regularly perused by more advanced students, Michael Tierra and the East West faculty. This is a place where students are encouraged to ask questions pertaining to their study. Also in the East West Online classroom: special articles, supplementary study articles and power point and video presentations are increasingly available for student use and study.
A Call for Herbalists
Herbal medicine in North America has grown from an off-beat interest promoted by a handful of non-mainstream adherents, to an 8 billion dollar a year mainstream business -- and it's still growing. Increasingly we see professional medical practitioners including medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists to non-professional lay persons exhibit a keen interest in herbal medicine prompted at the behest of their patients. The reason is clear -- herbs work. For this, there is no dispute even by those who would be normally critical of so-called 'alternative medicine.' As a result, there is an urgent need for qualified people in the growing professions of clinical herbology, herbal pharmacy, herbal research, herb cultivation and wildcrafting, herbal marketing and product development.
Throughout the last several decades Michael and Lesley Tierra and the East West School of Herbology have been in the forefront of the herbal renaissance, promoting its widespread growth and acceptance throughout the Western world. To increase the standards, credibility and acceptance of clinical herbalism, in 1989 Michael founded the American Herbalists Guild.
There is no shortcut to mastery
Courses and schools that purport to offer 'master herbalist' (MH) or other misleading degrees, often based on a 'quickie' weekend or a single week-long workshop, have no guaranteed legal professional standing. Be that as it may, there is a growing number of professional herbalists throughout North America. Many of these are graduates of the East West Herb Course which represents a comprehensive and thorough herbal training program. Our graduates are confident and competent herbalists! (Meet our East West Certified Herbalists. Read some of our students' letters.)
Remember; one can learn hundreds of herbs, but that knowledge is clinically worthless without its integration into a traditional system of diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, only the East West Herb Course systematically integrates the three main systems of herbal medicine based on the traditional practice of Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic (East Indian) herbal medicine.
We believe that herbal medicine is not simply another profession, but an inspired calling. It is to this inner calling, as well as the increasing numbers of students who feel drawn to become an herbalist, that we dedicate our teachings. If you are one of those who feel such inner promptings, come journey with us down this heartfelt path of wonder and learning. A wise person once said that whatever energy is expended towards education is never lost. Enroll in one of our courses today and let it serve as your guide on your personal 'Way of Herbs.'