Eclectic Medicine   Not so long ago there was a group of doctors in America that practiced Eclectic Medicine. They were physicians who employed whatever was found to be beneficial to their patients. Eclectic Medicine was formed in opposition to the toxic remedies used by standard doctors in the 19th and early 20th century. Eclectics didn’t care who discovered the remedy. They used botanicals, homeopathics, minerals and occasionally chemical medicines to bring balance to the body.
Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine
ESHM was founded in 2010 by Thomas Easley, RH(AHG). We teach students to use what works no matter what tradition it comes from, with a strong focus on "Food as Medicine". ESHM's instructors are knowledgeable in up to date research, and the applications of traditional Western herbalism. The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine is one of the leading herbal training programs of its kind. The programs at ESHM are designed to take you out of your home and into a clinical practice.
The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine is offering online classes presented as individual modules. While these education opportunities are available as individual classes, we will still offer three certification courses. All classes will be taught live and available at that time for attendance. They will also be recorded and available for later purchase. Over the course of the next 2 to 3 years, all required course material for certification will be presented, recorded and accessible for purchase through our online classroom. With each module you will gain access to readings, recordings and a forum to ask questions and access additional information.
Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine’s upcoming full-time intensive program will begin in June 19th of 2017. The intensive is an eleven month program directed by head instructor Thomas Easley. Our program is intensive, there is an average of 20 hours lecture a week, in addition to studying, homework and clinic. To be in this program you must be fully prepared to dedicate yourself to herbalism for the next 11 months. Our herbal studies program is hosted at Wellspring Mountain, a 500-acre camp tucked away into a mountainside of the Blue Ridge in a small town called Lowgap, North Carolina. Over 90% of the land is set aside for plant preservation and land conservancy. There are options for live-in, commuting and distance opportunities. The intensive program will run from June 19th, 2017 to April 27th, 2018.
MODERN HERBAL DISPENSATORY
Thomas Easley, RH(AHG), founder and director of ESHM, and co-author of The Modern Herbal Dispensatory, is a Traditional Western Herbalist. While he loves bioregional herbalism he use herbs from all over the world, including Ayuveda and TCM. However he applies them in the Western tradition. You won’t hear Thomas talk much about Chi, or Prana, or even Doshas. He respects other cultures’ systems of medicine, but chooses to focus on the deep and rich tradition of Western Herbalism. Keeping with that approach you will hear him talk about humoral imbalances and constitution, Eclectic and Physiomedical approaches to disease, modern Naturopathic therapies, functional blood work ranges and even the occasional reference to Sheldon’s Somatotypes. Thomas also emphasizes using foods as medicine and uses intensive diets as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements and exercise to help his clients achieve their health goals. In addition to herbs, diet, supplements and lifestyle approaches, Thomas also uses drop dose botanicals and occasionally homeopathic remedies or flower essences. Thomas believes that herbal medicine has the potential to change the world. Unfortunately much of what is taught about herbs and supplements is driven by marketing and not based in tradition or science. His approach draws on his extensive clinical experience which spans 15 years of full time practice and over 15,000 clients.
As soon as my feet hit the ground at Wellspring Mountain I knew I was right where I needed to be. The intensive program with the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine is a dream come true. Combining lecture, medicine making and clinical studies to give me all the opportunities to learn and succeed. I am only half way through and have learned much more than I thought possible. I'm so proud to be apart of this amazing program. ~ Sara Gilbert
I waited years to find a very intense / immersive program that focused on clinical herbalism, and medicine making, as well as energetics. This has been the deep dive into study & practice that I was seeking. Highly recommend to other budding herbal practitioners out there who want to get serious about studying alternative medicine. ~ Geraldine Lavin
The intensive program fashions us to step into the roles we are meant to play. Living in the woods, in a small community, is an experience that asks you to step into the humanitarian role, egalitarian, environmental activist, outdoor enthusiast. I find myself falling in love with people and nature; again and again; not simply by studying biology, botany, pathology, etc; but by living it. We live and study together, and the free clinic allows us to exercise that work; playing witness to life, so perfect in its truths and mysteries. This style of living and learning is an 'all hands in' effort that will have an impact on every aspect of your life; mind, body, soul, spirit, heart. My teachers, as well as my peers, support and make space for one another to evolve. And that's what its all about anyway, evolution. We exist to evolve. ~Jaide Stover
I stumbled upon Thomas and his school, best thing I ever stumbled upon! This is stuff that all doctors should be taught! ~ Christin Othmer