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A comprehensive course of study, the Clinical Herbalist Course is a 1,240-hour education in herbal healing. Upon completion of this course, you'll be prepared for a career as a professional herbalist, with up-to-date information on herbal remedies.

With the knowledge and wisdom gained through the three-year program, you will be able to help your clients through the use of sound knowledge of the divine design of the human body, be able to serve as a nutrition counselor, and apply the art and science of herbal medicine throughout life.

What our students are saying about our course programs:

"I would recommend this course to all Christian ladies, mothers, and especially Christian midwives. I chose Naturally Healthy because I knew I would get all the info I needed for the safety of the unborn who are in need of our protection from those who know how to use herbs and don't hold value in the sanctity of life. The NH family of herbalists and students have the right to take on healing in our life and the use of nutrition and lifestyle to our bodies to heal as God designed them to do." Deb Phillips, CPM - Little Rock, AR

"Taking this course was something I have wanted to do for a long time. When the opportunity came and I was able to take the plunge, there has never been a moment's regret! I am constantly challenged, learning something new every moment I study, and have made the most wonderful friends through our online student support forum. I had looked at a lot of other study courses but decided there was no way I would get the Christian emphasis with another program. Naturally Healthy allows me to combine my faith with my gift of wanting to help others. It has made a huge impact in my life, and I am already able to be of benefit to others. Personally it took me a couple of months to really grasp a good study routine after being out of school for so long. If you are serious about learning to become an herbalist, whether for your own family or as a professional, you will get what you need here. You will be stretched. The material is not easy, but you will get a very solid foundation for what an herbalist is and how to put that into practice. After my first on-site workshop in Louisiana, meeting Shonda and the other ladies in person, that sealed it for me. I knew I had made the right decision. Not only had this course already impacted my life, it also impacts others in a very significant and personal way. It has been an amazing journey so far! Nichole Wade, Herbalist at Leap of Faith Farm in Windsor, MO

"Shonda Parker of Naturally Healthy strives for excellence in her practice as an herbalist, and she expects the same of her students. The Naturally Healthy course content and instructor feedback provides a thorough and in-depth foundation of herbal and nutritional knowledge, equipping you with all that you need to become competent in treating your own family naturally, or continue on further and become a Community or Clinical Herbalist. After completing the Community Herbalist course, I felt prepared and equipped to start my own business providing natural health education; and in my practice as a midwife, to counsel my clients in appropriate use of herbal therapies during pregnancy. As a Clinical Herbalist student, what I love most about learning from Shonda is how she presses her students to develop protocols for clinical practice that are evidence-based. I highly recommend Naturally Healthy to anyone seeking to learn more about herbs and whole health!" Kristen Benoit, LM, CPM, Community Herbalist, Clinical Herbalist student www.wholefamilyherbals.com

Clinical Herbalist Course
84 lessons May be completed within two to three years, but you may take as long as you like to complete.

Self-paced, Progress Reviewed, Distance-Based, 50 Clinical Mentoring Hours Included, Certificate Awarded

1240 hours total study, may be completed within three years; may be accomplished in two years with more aggressive study and practice.

The Total Study Hours in each area at the completion of the program will be as follows:
Anatomy & Physiology:45 hours
Pathophysiology:45 hours
Medical Terminology:35 hours
Biochemistry:45 hours
Nutrition:50 hours
Botany & Plant Identification:60 hours
Materia Medica/Therapeutic Herbalism:400 hours
Pharmacy, Pharmacognosy, & Dispensing:80 hours
Clinical Skills:420 hours
Career Preparation/Practice Development/Ethics:20 hours
History & Philosophy/Introduction to Research:40 hours

Cost: 1750.00 if paid in full; may be paid per module at $295 each after an initial payment of $350.
May add additional modules needed to complete the Clinical Herbalist program after successful completion of Community Herbalist Program.

Module One
Lesson 1: Nourishing the Spirit: Health Attitude with Altitude
Lesson 2: Nutritional Foundations: Whole Health for the Whole Family
Lesson 3: Nutrient-Dense Foods: Carbs, Proteins, Fats, and Fiber
Lesson 4: Vitamins
Lesson 5: Minerals
Lesson 6: Nutrient Needs of the Pregnant Mama
Lesson 7: Evaluating Dietary Practices/Trends by the Word
Lesson 8: Evaluating Dietary Practices for Health Concerns
Lesson 9: Mommy Diagnostics: Evaluating Family Health
Lesson 10: Prevention and Intervention: Health Tools, Vaccinations, Acute Crises
Lesson 11: Using Herbs for Medicine: Herbal Properties & Actions
Lesson 12: Equipping a Naturally Healthy Household
Module 1 Project: Dietary Strategies for Specific Health Concerns

Progress Review Session

Module Two
Lesson 13: Ancient Herbs, Ancient Medicines
Lesson 14: Pharmacognosy & Herbal Therapeutics; Making Herbal Infusions
Lesson 15: Plant Gums & Mucilages Materia Medica; Making Herbal Decoctions
Lesson 16: Immune-Stimulating Polysaccharides Materia Medica; MakingBaths, Bath Salts & Socks
Lesson 17: Glycosides: Anthraquinones and Alcohol Materia Medica; Making Fomentations & Poultices
Lesson 18: Aldehydes and Cyanophose Materia Medica; Making Suppositories & Enemas, Private Washes
Lesson 19: Phenols Materia Medica; Making Lotions, Salves, Ointments, and Oil Infusions
Lesson 20: Fixed Oil, Plant Acids Materia Medica; Making Tinctures
Lesson 21: Volatile Oils or Essential Oils & Terpenoids Materia Medica; Making Glycerites & TincTracts
Lesson 22: Alkaloids Materia Medica; Making Elixers (Syrups)
Lesson 23: Growing Herbs for Medicine; Garden Planning; Making Powders
Lesson 24: Herbal Formulations: The Art and the Science; Making Herb Jello
Module 2 Project: Making Your Own Formulation

Progress Review Session

Module Three
Lesson 25: Mommy Diagnostics for Little Sprouts
Lesson 26: Musculoskeletal System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 27: Nervous System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 28: Endocrine System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 29: Circulatory System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 30: Immune System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 31: Integumentary System, Skin: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 32: Gastrointestinal System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 33: Respiratory System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 34: Urinary System: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 35: Reproductive Systems Female: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Lesson 36: Reproductive Systems - Male: Pathophysiology and Healing Options
Module 3 Project: Complex Case Study

Progress Review Session

Module Four
Lesson 37: Informed WomanCare: Divine Design
Lesson 38: Decoding Hormonal and Menstrual Messages
Lesson 39: Premenstrual Syndrome/Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Lesson 40: Fibroid Tumors
Lesson 41: Ovarian Cysts/PCOS
Lesson 42: Chronic Pelvic Pain
Lesson 43: Cervical Dysplasia
Lesson 44: Endometriosis
Lesson 45: Breast Health
Lesson 46: vaginal Infections
Lesson 47: STDs
Lesson 48: Changing Seasons: Menopause
Materia Medica for Women's Health

Progress Review Session

Module Five
Lesson 49: Nutritional and Herbal Therapeutics During Pregnancy; Body System Changes
Lesson 50: Infertility and Miscarriage, Premature Labor
Lesson 51: Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy, Heartburn, Indigestion, Constipation
Lesson 52: Anemia, Fatigue, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression
Lesson 53: Varicosities, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, and Hypertension
Lesson 54: Infections During Pregnancy: UTIs, vaginal Infections, GBS
Lesson 55: Gestational Diabetes; PUPPP Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy
Lesson 56: Labor of Love: Labor Prep, Post-Dates Pregnancy, Relaxing During Labor, Prolonged Labor, Cervical Lip
Lesson 57: Hemorrhage, Placental Delivery, Perineal Tears
Lesson 58: Postpartum Mom & Baby Care
Lesson 59: Breastfeeding by Design/ Family Planning and Birth Control Methods
Materia Medica for Labor and Birth
Lesson 60: Herbal Aquaretics in Pregnancy

Progress Review Session

Module Six
Lesson 61: Infant and Children Under 3 Case Studies
Lesson 62: Children 3-12 Case Studies
Lesson 63: Endocrine System Case Studies
Lesson 64: Musculoskeletal System Case Studies
Lesson 65: Immune System Case Studies
Lesson 66: Integumentary Case Studies
Lesson 67: Nervous System Case Studies
Lesson 68: Gastrointestinal System Case Studies
Lesson 69: Urinary System Case Studies
Lesson 70: Respiratory System Case Studies
Lesson 71: Female Reproductive System Case Studies
Lesson 72: Male Reproductive System Case Studies
Module 6 Project: Complex Case Study

Progress Review Session

Module Seven
Lesson 73: Professional Path Decisions: Regulation and Registration, Ministry and Business
Lesson 74: The Well-Nourished Practitioner: Self-Care
Lesson 75: Setting Up Your Practice: Professional Space, Bookkeeping, Gaining Clients
Lesson 76: Establishing Healthy Boundaries with Clients
Lesson 77: Legal Issues in Practice: Legal Guidelines for Unlicensed Practitioners, Informed Consent
Lesson 78: The Consultation: Helping Clients Take Responsibility for Their Own Health
Lesson 79: Guidelines for Intake: Gathering Information from Clients
Lesson 80: Physical Observations
Lesson 81: Nourishing Your Clients: Follow-up Support
Lesson 82: Networking/Integrating Care with Other Healthcare Practitioners
Lesson 83: Continuing Education Opportunities
Lesson 84: Botanical Medicine Health Educator Resources

Progress Review Session

Final Exam