(See Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Schools for combined training.)
Educational Standards for Herbal Medicines


  • Core curriculum standards for herbal medicine have been put out by the American Herbalists Guild for their members.
  • Consent for Herbal Medicine Article at American Herbalists Guild. Forms Check From Tao to Earth separate and combined consent forms are in the masters forms packets for Acupuncture, Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine.
  • Core Curriculum standards for Chinese Herbology US national examination test via the NCCAOM, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 11 Canal Center Plaza Suite 300, Alexandria VA 22314, (703) 548-9004 Fax: (703) 548-9079 Information sharing with administrators of worldwide examination boards, professional organizations and school administrators, contact Chair, Kabba Anand E-mail
  • ACAOM Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Check the Core Curriculum standards for the Masters and Doctorate Level Program and Download


  • Core curriculum standards for Chinese Herbal Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine put out by the EHPA European Herbal Practitioners Associations and the British/European Herbal Practiitoners Association with the intent for its use to be worldwide. Downloadable from their site. Good links page for herbal medicine.
  • National Institute of Medical Herbalists has various publicatio Color ns, information and vast useful links.


  • See other links at the NHAA National Herbalists Association of Australia for core curriculum standards and literature available from their site.


Herb Safety

Herbal Books, Software, and Helpful Information

  • Herbal Encyclopedia - information on the properties and uses of the various healing herbs. Includes sections on pet care, and how to gather and store herbs properly.
  • Herbs Herbals - listing of various herbs and their individual healing capabilities.
  • See individual herb companies. Crane Herbs and Golden Flower have a good selection, as does Redwing Books.
  • John Chen of Lotus Herbs offers outstanding seminars and has done substantial speaking and writing on drug-herbal interactions (See March 2001 issue of Acupuncture Today for a sample of his writing.)
  • The Pharmacology of Chinese Herbs, 544 pages, by Kee Chang Huang is now available from CRC Press in London An encyclopedic guideline for understanding how herbs work–effectively comparing them with Western medicines. Email
  • Henriette's Herbal page is one of the most extensive well loved pages on herbs with an extensive links page Some of the links are also in foreign languages including German and Dutch.
  • European Herbal Practitioners Association and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (the founding members) have a wealth of information on herbs, valuable training and accreditation and core curriculum for Chinese herbal medicine, western herbal medicine and Ayurvedic herbal medicine and includes great links.

Where to get further information online.

(US-based Herbal information and Herbal Education in the U.S.)