Programs in Herbology - Eastern or Western?

By: CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd

With an ancient healing history as diverse as its therapeutics, programs in herbology are offered in a variety of natural healing schools -- including the natural health practices of naturopathy, homeopathy, Oriental medicine, and of course, holistic nutrition.

When choosing , potential students should determine which form of herbal medicine they would like to study. If Eastern medicine appeals to you, you can enroll in an Oriental medicine school. There, you will learn the fundamentals of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), which include studies in Chinese herbal medicine, pharmacology, herbal formulations, and more. While studies concentrate on Eastern medicine philosophies and practices, there are a number of TCM courses that offer elective Western herbal classes.

If you would like to learn about both forms of this natural healing medicine, naturopathic and homeopathic schools often integrate both Eastern and Western into the overall curricula.

However, for the home remedy expert, introductory herbal medicine workshops and seminars may suffice.

Some questions to ask yourself when selecting from the various programs in herbology are:


  • Do I want this education for my (or my family's) health purposes?

  • Am I pursuing a degree in herbal sciences?

  • Is this a supplemental education for my natural health practice?

  • Am I prepared to dedicate at least two years of studies to Western or Eastern herbal medicine?

  • Are there any course prerequisites?

  • Are home study courses available?

  • Tuition cost?




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