Herbal Medicine - Autumn School 2016


Herbal Medicine - Autumn School 2016

October 6th - November 25th

Beatroot Cafe, 20-21 Lower Park Row, Bristol BS1 5BN

Course Tutor: Kamaldeep Sidhu

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The aim of the course is to give students a useful understanding of the principles and practice of Western Herbal Medicine, so that they may apply their knowledge to help treat common ailments. The course which is 8 x 2.5 hour sessions, starts on Thursday October 6th at 7pm.

The course is designed to nurture people?s individual appreciation of herbs. Students will be encouraged to explore their own sensory and cognitive perceptions with selected herbs, and to contrast these with established knowledge. In this respect, the emphasis is very much on participative and experiential learning, as well as reflective practice.

The main focus will be the safe use of indigenous herbs, including how to identify, harvest, and prepare the herbs, and how to classify them according to their properties and actions.

By the end of the course students will have gained enough knowledge of herbal practice, and sufficient insight into their own connection with herbs, to understand their own personal limits with regard to treating themselves and others with herbs. Whilst this course will not qualify you to practice as a herbalist, it will give you a firm foundation in the principles of herbal medicine to enable you to choose your path, particularly if you decide to go on to higher education to get a professional qualification. You will have new practical skills and a more informed perspective on natural healthcare in a modern western context.


You can download a printable .pdf file containing this timetable and full details of the course here.

Session / Date Title of session Areas Covered
Session 1. 6/10/2016 Herbal Medicine in the Modern Context Introductions. Establishment of ground rules. Themes that will run through the course and structure of the course. Identify what needs are being met by western herbal medicine. Looking at the practice of herbal medicine in an evolutionary context, as a way of deepening our connection with the ancestral human genome. Defining the scope of the course ? what will you be able to do when you have successfully completed?
Session 2. 13/10/2016 Herbs Ways of seeing and describing a herb. How to assess the quality of a herb. Some basic herbal chemistry: key compounds in herbs, secondary metabolites, and different methods of extracting them. The wonders of polyphenols. External and internal preparations. Introducing some concepts of herb actions.
Session 3. 20/10/2016 Holistic treatment and the heart Introducing first principles for holistic health care. A holistic perspective on the workings of the human heart. Comparing vitalist and biomedical models of health perception. Key herbs for common cardiovascular conditions and maintaining robust health.
Session 4. 27/10/2016 Absorption and nutrition Its not just what you eat, its what you absorb that counts. Key herbs and herbal compounds that optimise absorption and nutritional status. The kitchen pharmacy. Bitters, volatile oils and polysaccharides. Treating some common gastrointestinal problems with herbs. How to make tinctures, vinegars and oxymels.
Session 5. 3/11/2016 Metabolism Herbs and the the organs of elimination: liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. The role of the lymphatic system. Use of lymphatics and alterative herbs to treat skin conditions. Using powdered herbs. Cooling and warming remedies.
Session 6. 10/11/2016 Nervines Some key herbs, including essential oils, affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems. Role of herbal medicine in treating mental and emotional issues. Safety issues, limits and boundaries. Herbal approaches to treating sleep disorders, anxiety and depression.
Session 7. 17/11/2016 Hormones Looking at key herbs that are used to influence change in hormonal cycles. This session will look at reproductive hormones in both women and men, and also hormonal responses to stress. Using adaptogen herbs appropriately for treating many conditions where stress is a factor. Looking at other cyclic phenomena that might influence health and how we use herbs.
Session 8. 24/11/2016 Immunity & Inflammation Using herbs to treat inflammatory conditions and musculo-skeletal pain. Herbal approaches to chronic auto-immune and inflammatory disorders. Herbs for helping immune responses. Treating everyday coughs and colds, fevers and flu. The respiratory stystem. Using herbs to build up strength and resistance.


The total cost for the course is ?275, including all materials and any extra outings that may be arranged outside of the Thursday evenings.

To book a place on the course please pay ?75 deposit, with balance payable at the beginning of the course. You can pay here, via paypal, or send a cheque (details below).

Herbal Medicine - Autumn School 2016
Course Deposit: £75.00


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  • Places are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
  • If paying by cheque please send ?75, payable to to ?Urban Fringe? to:
  • Urban Fringe Dispensary, 58 Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AZ.
  • Full refund available if, for any reason, Urban Fringe cancel the course. Deposits will be refundable up until 2 weeks before the course commences should you choose to withdraw.

Venue Details

Beatroot Cafe is at 20-21 Lower Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5BN. More details and map here.

The venue is ideally suited to our needs, providing a warm, comfortable, and interesting learning environment.

There are usually plenty of spaces available for on street parking at this time of the evening, or there is Trenchard Street NCP very close by.

Some Testimonials

"The course was well structured and had a good balance of practical and theoretical information. I really like it that it went into quite a lot of detail about stuff, even though it was an introductory course."

"This was the most exciting short course that I have ever done. I learnt so much in 10 weeks"

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel confident to do further research on my own."

"This course was really inspiring and really made me understand the important concept of holistic health when considering mind and body together. It helped me to make a much deeper connection."