Comprehensive Herbalist Training - Program One

Receive Up To 113 Hours Of Continuing Education Credit

This part of the home study program is intended to thoroughly educate students in the fundamentals of practicing Chinese Herbology. No previous knowledge of herbs or Chinese medicine is required. Students who successfully complete this program will have the capability to begin treating a wide range of common health conditions. After taking all courses and accurately completing a self-administered review exam, students will receive an ICH Certificate of Completion for the Comprehensive Herbalist Training Program.

All Home Study Courses are available in CD (standard) and MP3 (digital download) format. Course materials also include a coordinated set of notes, study guides and exercises. Three classes include herb samples. The Comprehensive Herbalist Training Program consists of approximately 125 hrs of audio. Most students take between 6 to 9 months to complete all three sections.

While the Institute does not offer financial assistance with its programs, we do offer different payment options for your convenience. Purchase individual courses and pay as you study, or choose from different purchase options to receive discounts on ICH courses. We accept all major credit cards, PayPal and also PayPal Payment Plan.

All Courses are available on audio CD's or MP3 files. Each course in our Comprehensive Herbalist Training Program (except Clinical Case Studies) has been approved for CEUs/PDAs by the: 

  • California State Acupuncture Board (CEUs): Provider number CE Provider #357
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) PDAs: Provider #069

Certificates are issued after satisfactory completion of the quiz for each course. Students who elect to complete all courses in Program One will also receive an ICH Certificate of Completion for the Comprehensive Herbalist Training Program. 

Section One

Introduction To Chinese Medicine

The fundamental concepts of traditional Chinese medicine are presented, including causes of disease, patterns of disharmony, and an introduction to diagnostic methods including questioning the patient and reading the tongue and pulse. This course establishes the foundation for studying Chinese herbology.

  • CLASS 1: Theory of Disease; Contrast of Eastern and Western Perspectives; Hot and Cold, Excess and Deficiency; Six Evils
  • CLASS 2: The Functions of the Organs in Chinese Medicine; The Fundamental Processes of Chi, Blood and Body Fluids; The Emotions in Chinese Medicine
  • CLASS 3: Chi, Blood, Yin and Yang; Introduction to the Pulses
  • CLASS 4: Dysfunction of the Organs; Patterns of Disease; Guides and Charts to Studying Chinese Medicine
  • CLASS 5: Introduction to Diagnosis; Procedures and Methods of Questioning; Tongue Diagnosis; Questions and Review
12 hours
Introduction To Chinese Herbology

A survey of the important herbs and formulas, emphasizing their properties and therapeutic uses. Includes terminology, methods of making teas, legal aspects of practicing herbology, and samples of over 60 herbs.

  •  Introduction to Chinese Herbs; Terminology and Naming Systems, Properties, Taste, Functions; Categories of Herbs; Herbs and Formulas that Tonify Chi
  •  Books and References for the Study of Chinese Herbology; Categories of Herbs; Herbs and Formulas that Regulate Chi; Additional Chi and Spleen Tonic Formulas; Legal Aspects of Practicing Herbology
  •  Categories of Herbs; Herbs and Formulas that Regulate and Harmonize Liver Chi
  •  Preparation of Formulas; Dosages; Methods of Making Teas; Herbs and Formulas that Tonify Blood
  •  Classification of Herbal Formulas; Construction of Herbal Formulas; Herbs and Formulas for Regulating Blood
  •  Herbs and Formulas for External Wind Cold (Colds/Flus)
  •  Additional Herbs and Formulas for External Wind Cold
  •  Herbs and Formulas for External Wind Heat (Colds/Flus)
18 hours
All courses in Section One
30 hours

Section Two

The Art of Diagnosis

An in-depth presentation of the primary methods of diagnosis-reading the tongue, pulse and face, plus verbal questioning. Also serves as an introduction to case analysis.

  • CLASS 1: Format for Interviewing a Client; Case Analysis
  • CLASS 2-5: Verbal Questioning; Differential Diagnosis; Signs and Symptoms; Observation - Tongue, Pulse and Face
12 hours
Key Concepts Of Chinese Herbology

Three key concepts are presented: Root and Branch, Stages of Disease, and Transformations of Chi. Most classes include herbs and formulas.

  • CLASS 1,2: Root and Branch (a discussion of the key principles that underlie the use of tonic and clearing herbs and formulas)
  • CLASS 3,4: Six Stages of Cold (Shang Han Lun) Model of Disease; Four Phases (Levels) of Heat
  • CLASS 5: Transformations of Chi (a discussion of the major Chi processes in the body)
12 hours
Therapeutic Principles Of Chinese Herbology

A thorough presentation of the important therapeutic principles of Chinese Herbology. Each class covers a group of related herbs, formulas, disease complexes and associated symptoms and signs. All previously discussed herbs are reviewed and approximately 100 new herbs are introduced. Includes new samples.

  • CLASS 1: Clearing Heat and Fire; Herbs and Formulas
  • CLASS 2,3: Dryness, Yin Deficiency, Deficiency Fire; Herbs and Formulas for Tonifying Yin and Clearing Deficiency Fire. Kidney Yang Tonics
  • CLASS 4: Relieving the Exterior (Colds/ Flus); New Herbs and Formulas
  • CLASS 5: Dispersing Wind and Damp; Relieving Bi Syndromes (Painful Obstructions, e.g., Arthritis); Herbs and Formulas
  • CLASS 6: Clearing Wetness; Wetness in the Three Burners; Diuretic Herbs (herbs that promote the flow of water and permeate wetness) and Formulas
  • CLASS 7,8: Drying Wetness; Regulating Chi; Relieve Congestion; Herbs and Formulas
  • CLASS 9: Vitalizing Blood; New Herbs and Formulas
  • CLASS 10: Resolving Phlegm; Stopping Coughing; Herbs and formulas
  • CLASS 11: Miscellaneous Yang, Shen (Spirit), Heart, and Chi Herbs and Formulas
27 hours
All courses in Section Two
51 hours

Section Three

Herbal Therapies For Organ Dysfunctions Part #1

Herbal therapies for the six major classifications of organ dysfunctions are presented: Lungs, Spleen, Liver, Heart, Kidney and Gynecological. Guidebook to Chinese Herbal Formulas is provided and used with this class.

  • CLASS 1,2,3: Disharmonies of the Lungs; Lung Ailments, External Wind Diseases
  • CLASS 4,5,6: Spleen and Stomach Disharmonies; Abdominal and Digestive Disturbances
  • CLASS 7,8,9: Liver Disharmonies; Problems Relating to Liver; Heat and Chi Stagnations
16 hours
Herbal Therapies fo Organ Dysfunctions Part #2

Herbal therapies for the six major classifications of organ dysfunctions are presented: Lungs, Spleen, Liver, Heart, Kidney and Gynecological. Guidebook to Chinese Herbal Formulas is provided and used with this class.

  • CLASS 10: Heart Imbalances
  • CLASS 11: Kidney Dysfunctions
  • CLASS 12,13: Gynecological Problems
16 hours
Clinical Case Studies and Where Do I Go From Here

Clinical Case Studies

Selected case studies from the Residence Clinical Classes that illustrate the process of interviewing clients, developing a diagnosis and formulating herbal remedies. There are no notes, CEU's or PDA's awarded for these Clinical Case Studies; just a Review Exam.

Where Do I Go From Here?

A discussion of career opportunities and requirements, how to use the Institute for ongoing education and support, ways to continue your study at home, and beginning to set up your practice.

12 hours
All courses in Section Three
44 hours

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Institute of Chinese Herbology, Online Education, Concord, CA