Discovering Herbal Medicine

Coming Soon!! Discovering Herbal Medicine Course Online

To meet today’s expectations, we are completely revising the Discovering Herbal Medicine (DHM) Course materials and putting it online.  We hope to launch by the end of June 2020.  There will be no mailed-out version in the future.  We believe that a more readily-accessible, online format will appeal to a wider audience.  In future, the DHM will even be able to be accessed ‘on-the-go’ through a mobile phone!

The DHM Course has been designed to enable the herbal enthusiast to explore the healing relationship between the human body in health and disease and the wonderful remedial powers of herbs that herbal practitioners use every day.  Whilst the amount of information that can be covered in a one-year programme is obviously limited, DHM does provide the opportunity to absorb the essence of this relationship without resorting to the enormous amount of clinical detail and experience that is so very necessary for herbal practitioner training.

Using plants as medicines is extremely rewarding, but its practice demands knowledge, responsibility and respect.  Generally speaking, herbal medicines are safe medicines, but in order to be used to their full advantage, it is necessary to have knowledge of dosages, duration of treatment and to be aware of any potential hazards such as possible herb-drug interactions. These considerations are key elements of the DHM Course, and if the Modules are fully understood and applied as directed, the information given will enable the student to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of self, family and friends.

The DHM Course is unique in many respects, and we believe it to be the best of its kind.  It is a legacy course and its pedigree is unrivalled - it was originally conceived and written over forty years ago by a joint effort between Hein Zeylstra (1929 – 2001) and Simon Mills.  Both are well-known throughout the world for being two of the leading medical herbalists of recent decades.   Hein’s vision for the professional training for herbalists has inspired and contributed, either directly or indirectly, to the professional development of a large majority of practitioners of Western Herbal Medicine through the various schools set-up around the world by his former students.  Simon has gone on to front the complementary health movement and to lead professional, regulatory and academic initiatives in herbal medicine.  He has written a number of classic books on herbal medicine is an acknowledged authority on the therapeutics, safety and regulatory control of herbal medicines.

For anyone interested in the medicinal potential of herbs spending time studying the DHM Course will give you many fulfilling hours of involvement with this fascinating and most rewarding of subjects.  DHM will help you to help yourself and people around you to use natural remedies for every-day ailments.

Ann Walker PhD FCPP NMIMH RNutr
Course Director

04 June 2020




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