A Master Herbalist designation from The School of Natural Healing will empower you with the knowledge and confidence needed to tackle almost any health issue. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, concerned father, herb retailer, chiropractor, massage therapist, midwife or medical professional, the training you will receive from The School of Natural Healing will make you a valuable asset to your family and community. A Master Herbalist is able to deal with any health concern naturally.
In order to understand more about what a Master Herbalist can and can't do, let's first answer the question "Why natural healing?"
Studies show that over half the population of the United States will use some form of alternative medicine this year. Tens of thousands of people rely on herbs instead of drugs when they feel ill. What is causing this trend? What has changed in the last 40 years that has so many people turning from their doctors and drugs to herbology and other forms of alternative medicine? MEDICAL MISTAKES: In a landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine it is estimated that one million patients nationwide are injured yearly by errors during hospital treatment and 120,000 people die as a result (NEJM, Leape et. al 1991 Vol 325 (3):210).
DANGEROUS DRUGS: A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that an estimated 100,000 people die every year due to correctly prescribed medications. Every drug has side effects, some of them are very lethal (JAMA Leape et. al July 5, 2000 Vol 284:95).
HERBS ARE SAFE: For thousands of years, herbs have been used to treat and prevent disease. In that time, very few adverse reactions have been reported. When adverse reactions do occur, they are usually the result of a mixture of herbs and pharmaceutical drugs.
LOOK TO THE CAUSE: In order to effectively deal with health problems, herbalists look to the cause of disease instead of just the symptoms.
HERBS WORK: Natural healers throughout history have witnessed the healing power of herbs. The School of Natural Healing has received thousands of letters and calls from people delighted with the results of herbal remedies.
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There are other herbal programs out there. Why should you choose The School of Natural Healing?
Dr. John R Christopher was the founder of The School of Natural Healing. In his youth, John began his own study on natural healing when he saw its positive results in healing his mother of dropsy. His enthusiasm increased when he cured himself of cancer using natural methods. After his experience as a supervisor of a medical dispensary during World War II, John chose to become an herbal practitioner. In 1946, he graduated with a Master of Herbology under Dr. H. Knowles at the Dominion Herbal College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two years later he received his Naturopathic Doctor degree from the Institute of Drugless Therapy in Tama, Iowa. He received an Herbal Pharmacist degree under the renowned Dr. Edward Shook.
Hailed as America's foremost herbalist, Dr. Christopher developed a program to pass on his methodology and founded The School of Natural Healing in 1953.
Dr. Christopher's son, David Christopher, received his Master Herbalist degree in 1979. He is now the Director of The School of Natural Healing. Today, thousands safely apply the Christopher methodology thanks to his leadership.
All of the courses offered by The School of Natural Healing are by correspondence, which allows you to study when and where you want. You will receive a high quality education from some of the most recognized herbal experts including Dr. John R. Christopher, David Christopher, Dr. James Duke, Christopher Hobbs, Richard Schultz, Sandra Ellis, Dianne Bjarnson and Dr. Ahmed Warfa.
You will have access to the best materials available. All courses include professionally produced DVDs, audio CDs, study guides, and the best herbal texts available.
Your Master Herbalist degree from The School of Natural Healing will allow you to become a great help to your family, friends and community.
What can a Master Herbalist do?
MASTER HERBALISTS DO:
Use Whole Herbs and Foods to Prevent Disease. Herbalists use herbs and whole food to support the body in its proper function.
Seek to Educate Those Who Needlessly Suffer. The selfless acts of natural healers like Jethro Kloss, Dr. Christopher, Bernard Jensen, and other herbalists have helped thousands of people become healthier.
Honor the Hippocratic Oath's Admonition to "First do no Harm!" Herbs are a safe alternative to dangerous drugs.
Look to the Cause Behind Disease. Herbalists know that symptoms are really the body's signal that something is wrong and needs to be addressed using natural methods.
MASTER HERBALISTS DO NOT:
Diagnose, Treat or Prescribe. Herbalists seek to educate about the safe and effective use of herbs.
Use Harmful Chemical Drugs or Invasive Procedures. Herbalists use safe alternatives to these potentially dangerous medical practices.
Use Isolated or Partsome Herbs or Vitamins. Herbs are safe when used in their natural form. When herb constituents are isolated the herb becomes more like a drug and less like what nature intended.
What career opportunities exist for Master Herbalists?
Through The School of Natural Healing's Graduate Teaching Program, graduates have the opportunity to lecture in their own area. This is the perfect opportunity for new Master Herbalists to create their niche in the natural health community as herbal educators.
Master Herbalists also:
* Develop and market their own herbal formulas * Consult for major supplement manufacturers * Work as nutritional consultants in health food stores * Do free-lance writing for health magazines * Author herb and health texts * Instruct at alternative medical schools * Operate health food stores * Give phone tutorials on herbal topics * Lecture at conventions and symposiums * Consult with pharmacists and doctors about the correct usage of herbs * Teach classes all over the world about the correct use of herbs
If you are interested in becoming a Master Herbalists, we offer two ways for you to learn more.