Do you want to become a master herbalist?

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You have found what you have been looking for!  The PanAm School allows you to do just that. We have been doing this since the 1970s.

The PanAm School has trained over 5,000 students all over the world. We don't just 'teach' herbal medicine, our school clinic services over 6,000 patients in the West Indies for the last 30 years.
Check out all of our education programs, all infused with up to date education that balances tradition and the modern world.

A series of Courses leading to a Master's Degree in Herbal Medicines. Course work covers
1. Herbal Chemistry 25 clock hours
2. Herbalism: East & West 25 clock hours
3. Natural Medicine Diagnosis 25 clock hours
4. Medical Botany 50 clock hours
5. Pharmacognosy, 50 clock hours, and
6. Herbal Medical Philosophy. 50 clock hours
7. Herbal Medical Philosophy II. 50 clock hours
8. Herbal Medical Philosophy III. 50 clock hours (audio seminary)

The Essentials of Herbal Medicine both East and West is covered from a Western, scientific approach. The Master's Course includes extensive audio lectures from celebrated Herbalists, patron-orientated herbal diagnostic instructions, and and extremely valuable Materia Medicas ($95 value) as reference material for clinical practice.

Above courses are completed online which includes certificates of completion per course. No thesis is required for the Master's Certificate.

MEDICINES FROM THE EARTH, Exploring Nature's Pharmacy, 1997 Seminar

33 audio lectures from famous and celebrated Herbalists (~90 min. each). A treasure trove of information from practitioners East and West.

12.Diagnostics of Herbalism.mp3
13.TCM_herbal for HIV-AIDS.mp3
20.Herbs for backpain.mp3
25.Tibetan Herbal Medicine.mp3
28.TCM detox.mp3

Herbal Simples: From primitive times the term "Herbal Simple" has been applied to any homely curative remedy consisting of one ingredient only, and that of a vegetable nature. Many such a native medicine found favour and success with our single-minded forefathers, this being the "reverent simplicity of ancienter times."

All herbalism started with simples. The reason for this study is to learn the story and folk lore of the herbs. These stories often stick in one's mind as a metaphor, making herbal prescription writing easier to commit to memory.

Lady's Mantle:

Considered a woman’s herb, the dew of this plant has fascinated various cultures through the ages. Some believed the dew of lady’s mantle would change into diamonds. Some early alchemists believed the dew could transform baser metals into gold.  Much experimentation was done in pursuit of this belief. Another legend tells us that early on women believed the dew of the lady’s mantle could help them look young and beautiful forever. All they had to do, however, was to put their little toe into the dew under the full moon in May, but the woman must be naked when she did this or it wouldn’t work.

Herbal chemistry is different than biochemistry and pharmacognosy. It is a unique approach to herbs that developed in the 19th century. The categorization of herbs as 'stimulants,' decongestants, diuretics, etc. allowed a grouping of herbs, making it easier to develop formularies and individual prescriptions for patients.

If you wish to practice the real herbology of nature cure, a must take course!

25 clock hours.

Herbal Medical Philosophy I

MY botanical application of physiology and pharmacology is biased towards vitalist philosophy known to herbalism and eclectic medicine in the 19th century. Therapeutic Herbs are well chosen based on a long history of beneficial use and recorded herbal lore. Therapeutic herbs work rather poorly within the current medical/drug model; they neither block, shock, nor suppress physiologic functions. Herbs are generally ignored until demand at the market place forces a drug company to examine potential profit, or lure government agencies to forbade its use.

The best that can be said for common knowledge is that they modulate abnormal physiology back to homeostasis, used in weak (by allopathic standards) doses, effectively in homeopathic parlance, mother tinctures Ø (10% drug strength), to 1x (1:100) to even 2x dilution in simple herbal teas. We use the vital sciences to define constitutional, environmental and life-style factors in relation to illness. Since we cannot CREATE a new physical state, only God does, we only modulate existing potentials within the human body by using herbal and mineral dilutions and powders. With herbs, we try to STIMULATE native resistance, tone the body with tonics, STIMULATE blood flow to congested organs, unlock vascular beds where congestion (both lymphatic and vascular), drain the toxins and remove the impediments, re-establish the body’s microbial ecology, stimulate ATP production (with tonics), modulate the physiology with glycosides (and sometimes alkaloids); and to understand the factors that compromise homeostasis. 


The focus of vitalistic herbal therapy is a spectrum

  1. on self-limiting and acute disorders, 
  2. chronic and functional disorders, and 
  3. the subclinical imbalances that are not "ripe" enough to warrant a medical diagnosis but that compromise general health and that may in time lead to disease. 


Regular Medicine uses procedures in intervening when native medicines and remedials have proved inadequate, e.g. in cancer, cataract, tumors, diabetes, renal failure, etc. The use of herbs by vitalists works by understanding the cell functions, cofactors and physiology of native strengths and weaknesses in order to extend them and recuperate the body from illness and imbalance. By imbalance, I mean, failure to adapt, to succumb to the stresses of life. Hence, I extend these vitalistic definitions, while being accurate in terms of today’s clinical practice, and may seem to emphasize strange notions, perhaps unknown aspects to the mundane mind, to those not educated on vitalistic principles of humoral medicines known to the ancients; but suffice to say, this IS vitalistic philosophy of medicine. Thus these coures on Herbal Philosophy are in print for study by students of vital herbalism as a profound benefit to humanity.


It's all a journey, this process of trying to help sick people with the ancient knowledge. The great arrogance of modern medicine is that it claims to be scientific in spite of its failures. I speak not of modern surgery, as they follow the rules of science and bring great benefit to mankind. Medicine however, ever since it peered into the microscope, into the unknown, ignored the ancient teachings and invented its own paradigm with bugs and drugs.  When molecules mix with emotions and spirit, however, medicine becomes an art just as much of as a science. The vitalist principles are ancient, and time tested, drugs are experimental and generally toxic. 


As medical doctor, I have no problem using drugs when they save lives, that is what they are for and to that we can thank modern science and pharmacy. But when a profession becomes bigoted, as medicine has amply displayed for more than one hundred years, it loses its credibility, becomes blind in its arrogance, and changes and truth will override it.


Doc, August, 2019 

Nevis, West Indies 

This course constitutes the eclectic approach to Herbalism, as it was practiced at the turn of the 20th century. What some would consider as outmoded, rather, it is this prime philosophy that allows one to freely prescribe having fundamental knowledge of plants, origins, and lore of hundreds of years of successful applications.

   This is a revised course that was conducted by Edward Shook, one of the famous Herbalists of the late 1940s early 50s. It is not our intention to present this as a current course, rather a revised and illustrated step back in time, showing the dedication and commitment of this great Herbalist. The herbal formulas are still worthwhile and may in fact work better than some of the modern alcohol based fluid extracts. If you become interested to make some of your own herbal formulas you will find great knowledge with this course. When you become a practising herbalist you will find this course fascinating to read and you will find some real golden nuggets of knowledge.

A rare course by Herbert Nowell, M.D. (died 27-Dec-1953, Vancouver, British Columbia) who was a Canadian physician and professor. He is most noted for his philosophy of medicine (based on the "vital force" theory), his defense of herbalism as a valid medical profession, and his role in the founding of Dominion Herbal College in 1926 out of concern regarding the abandonment of botanical medicine by much of the medical establishment.

Herbalism: East & West

This course will provide you with a basic and working understanding of HERBALISM ACCORDING TO MCWILLIAMS]. It is a system that clinically works in third world practice [applied on over 6,000 cases] and has managed some of the most difficult cases rejected and/or poisoned by medics.
Lesson 0: WHAT IS AN HERBALIST?: Professional Herbalism [Audio Lecture- 30 min.]Lesson 1: Introduction
Lesson 2: Herb Lore
Lesson 3: Herbs & Spices
Lesson 4: The Constitution
Lesson 5: The Great Secret of Herbalism
Lesson 6: The Next Great Secret
Lesson 7: The Herbal Health Evaluation
Lesson 8: Another Great Secret
Lesson 9: Stimulants, Another Great Secret
Lesson 11: Summing it UP
Lesson 12: The Dietetic Constitution
Lesson 15: Herbs for the Diabolic Trinity
Lesson 16: East vs. West
Lesson 17: Cleansing Herbals
Lesson 18: Herbal Therapeutics

A great starter Course to get the BIG PICTURE. 25 clock hours.

A medical approach to the use of Essential Oils is long overdue. More than twenty years of clinical experience has made the rules of medical aromatherapy adopted from the French school.

25 clock hours.