The classroom training we offer at CSCH begins with the 370-hour Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism program where we learn the tools, terms, and concepts necessary for a solid foundation in Vitalist Western herbalism. The centerpiece of Fundamentals is a 144-hour class integrating physiology, pathology, herbal actions, and Materia Medica. Beginning with the basics of the Vitalist paradigm of healing, we move through the various tissues and organ systems of the body, and the herbs and foods that influence them. Also included are classes in holistic nutrition, field botany, plant identification, herbal medicine-making, flower essences, and herbs of commerce.

Our classroom studies continue with the 540-hour Advanced Herbalism program, the 8-month, 385-hour Clinical Herbalism Program, and our Nutrition and Flower Essences certificates. Students may take Fundamentals alone, Fundamentals followed by Advanced, or Fundamentals through Clinic. During Clinic, students may also complete their Nutrition and/or Flower Essence certificate programs.


Herbal Constituents: Foundations of Phytochemistry

We are developing a distance learning course …Stay tuned for next year!

A holistic approach for students and practitioners of botanical medicine, Herbal Constituents is a unique addition to the botanical medicine literature. Written in a down-to-Earth style by a traditional herbalist with extensive training in chemistry and botany, this book is designed for anyone who wants an in-depth understanding of how medicinal plants work. Herbal Constituents, which presents the most important concepts and research on phytochemical compounds in medicinal plants, is used in schools and universities throughout the world.




Lisa Ganora has been a traditional herbalist for more than 30 years and is an expert on the properties of phytochemical constituents in medicinal foods and herbs. Lisa, who studied chemistry and botany and graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina, is currently Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, and has served as Distinguished Lecturer for the Masters Program in Herbal Medicine at Tai Sophia Institute. She has written several distance-learning courses, produced various visual curriculum materials, and published the textbook Herbal Constituents. Additionally, Lisa was the editor for the official Proceedings of the Medicines from the Earth Symposium and the Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine at SCNM for 2008 and 2009. As a lecturer, Lisa combines traditional wisdom with easily accessible science and beautiful PowerPoint shows for a uniquely holistic learning experience.