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. They used botanicals, homeopathics, minerals and occasionally chemical medicines to bring balance to the body.
The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine was founded in 2010 by Thomas Easley, RH(AHG). Our philosophy is to use what works no matter what tradition it comes from, with a strong focus on "Food as Medicine". We integrate Traditional Western Herbalism seamlessly with modern Clinical Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
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.
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.
A few kind words from students
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