Why Learn about Herbal Medicine?
If you’re reading this you’re probably interested in holistic health and the idea that nature and herbs can heal. Modern medicine is a wonder in so many ways, and I know this personally after having reconstructive surgery on my knee this year. However, when it comes to more complicated health issues that may involve the whole body and prevention of illness it seems that doctors and hospitals don’t always have an answer.
Often you only go to the doctor when you’re ill and the treatments prescribed seem only to address the symptoms. You’re in pain – here’s a painkiller; you’re depressed – take these anti-depressants; you have eczema – apply this steroid. Immediate relief is the goal rather than prevention of the symptom to begin with.
That’s the main difference between Herbalism and conventional medicine in my eyes: herbs and nutrition help the body to stay well daily and visits to the doctor and prescribed medicine only enter the picture when your body is so unwell that you have no choice but to book an appointment.
I became interested in Herbalism several years ago and I took an evening course from a holistic medicine institute in London. It was wonderful connecting with the instructors, learning in an environment that welcomed beginners, and creating a foundation for moving forward with my own interests in herbs. I learned a lot and enjoyed the class as well!
When the Herbal Academy of New England got in touch with me about reviewing their online course I remembered how great the class was but some of the challenges too. Sometimes I was tired after work or had other commitments so I missed a couple of classes. The other major issue was continued connection with the instructors for questions and support. Once the course was over the connection was lost.
The herbal medicine courses offered by the Herbal Academy of New England give a chance for busy people to learn the benefits and herbs in their own time. You’re also provided with up-to-date online content and continued interaction with instructors.
In my look through the first section of the introductory course I feel impressed by the material, the way its presented, and the fact that you can learn at your own pace. You’re also not able to flip ahead of the material in the section you’re in until you’ve completed a quiz. I’m a book browser for sure and this would certainly keep me on track! There’s also a wealth of videos, digital flip-books, and materials provided and a discount if you wish to continue on with their Intermediate course.
Considering all of this I’ve decided that instead of writing a single review I’ve decided to actually complete the Introductory course and write about my continued experience here on Lovely Greens. First of all I’m impressed enough to think that it could benefit my own herbal studies but I suspect that it could with you too.
So follow my journey through the Introductory course with the Herbal Academy of New England and see what you think. I plan to post once a week and the tag below for ‘Herbal Academy of New England’ will provide all the posts I write on the experience. I’m excited to get started and hope you’ll join me for the ride!