About this course
This Herbal Pharmacy Foundation workshop is ideal for pharmacists in herbal medicine. The workshop will provide pharmacists with a history of Herbal Pharmacy medicine, an excellent basic knowledge of Herbal Pharmacy medicine (including plant taxonomy, plant pharmacology, etc.), therapeutics, the basics of medicine making for minor ailments, as well as an understanding of how herbal remedies work for more serious and chronic illness.
WHAT MAKES ME WANT TO BECOME A HERBALIST?
Many people spend time creating a career and family and then come to a point where they feel they have unanswered questions about their life. Maybe they are at a ‘crossroads’ and they fancy a change of direction? Maybe they want to find more balance in life and want to work for themselves? Many people are drawn to studying herbal medicine through positive personal experiences, and just know that it seems to make sense. Whatever your reason for taking our course, our aim is to listen fully and to provide you with sound information. This will enable you to make a well informed and good decision about your future.
DO I KNOW WHAT I'M GETTING INTO?
We highly recommend that you have received treatment from a professional herbalist, so that you understand this system of medicine from personal experience. This will give you an insight into the role of a practitioner, as well as gaining empathy from the patient’s perspective and learning about the effect of the herbal remedies.
DO I WANT TO BE SELF-EMPLOYED?
Becoming a herbalist means you can steer your career through many different pathways. However, most herbalists are self-employed, consulting with individual patients and, whilst this can be a big plus for many, it is important to take into account this may also involve a more unpredictable income and the need to be adaptable. Other aspects that you will consider at some stage will be marketing and maintaining accounts etc. It also means you need to set realistic charges and make sure you get paid!
WHAT ABOUT COURSE METHODOLOGY ?
Our course is designed to equip participants with the real-world skills and knowledge required to be an effective Herbal Pharmacy professional.
Our course relies on a variety of training and facilitation methodologies and techniques used whenever applicable; these methods aim to enhance participant interaction while maximizing the learning journey.
Some of these methods are:
- Interactive presentations
- Individual and team exercises
- One-to-one and group discussions
- Case studies, simulations and small project
Our Herbal pharmacy foundation workshop provides a good grounding of knowledge on the teachings, philosophy and practice of herbal medicine. It is an ideal starting point for anyone wanting to use herbal medicine in the home for treating minor ailments, as well as for those who wish to do a foundation workshop before training as a herbal pharmacist, or for any community pharmacist, nutritional pharmacist or other therapist who would like to understand more about herbs and incorporate the use of a few herbal medicines into their practice. In the workshop you will learn how to use over 50 different herbs for different ailments from eczema to COPD. The main herbs we will study will each include a monograph, either by the workshop writer, or made up by you, the student. It is an excellent way to get to know the information on herbs that is out there and your own knowledge.
Introduction to Herbal Medicine
Introduction to herbal medicine. Within this unit you will learn about how herbal medicine fits into our world and your life, why you might choose plant medicine, how herbs work, the history of herbal medicine (both locally and worldwide) and how herbal medicine fits in to our lives - with Western, Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese herbal medicine taken into account, together with an introduction to herbal energetics and the language of herbal medicine. You will also look at the concepts of health, disease and holism.
Herbal medicine for Digestive system
Within this unit you will learn about the digestive system and its important role in overall health. It includes an overview of the alimentary canal with basic biology (more in-depth information about this can be found in our Anatomy and Physiology Course) or one of our Nutrition courses), as well as the gutbrain axis, food, bacteria, microbiome, food as medicine, absorption and excretion (and the role of herbs in our gastrointestinal processes), basic gut ailments (diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, malabsorption, IBS, heartburn, reflux, appetite, weight management, blood sugar management and so on), together with the connection between gut dysbiosis and other conditions such as inflammatory disorders, candida and so on. We will look at the herbal actions of bitters, carminatives, demulcents and so on, and herbal allies
Herbal medicine for Endocrine System
Within this unit you will learn about the nervous and endocrine systems and their inter-connection with the immune system. For the immune system, we will look at gut health and the microbiome, basic immune system function and how to maintain good health (rest, diet, relaxation, exercise, mindfulness, breathing, nature), common immune disorders (infections, autoimmune conditions, chronic disease, allergies, candida, rashes and so on), and herbal allies.
How to make a maximum profit in herbal medicines?
Within this unit you will learn about the business opportunities in herbal pharmacy and how you can start your own business. This Unit will also cover How to make a maximum profit in herbal medicines and feasibility study for herbal medicine sections/ centers.