Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective


    Due to launch spring 2020

Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective

A unique course for those with a comprehensive knowledge of Ayurveda who would like to discover the healing potential of the wonderful array of herbs that grow around us here in the West. The course will be divided into four parts according to the seasons and encourage students to forage for plants locally and really develop a relationship with their local and native herbs.

Now that Ayurvedic medicine is firmly established and more Ayurvedic practitioners are prescribing herbal medicines to their patients, it is time to consider the wisdom and sustainability of using herbs grown out of sight thousands of miles away in India. It is vital to ensure that our plant medicines are of the best quality, free from pollution, correctly identified and produced with minimal impact on the environment and growing, harvesting and preparing our own herbal remedies is the best way of ensuring this.

With over 60 detailed herbal monographs, explanations of the relationship between Western and Ayurvedic classifications of herbs and practical advice on how to prepare and use these herbs as medicines, this course is invaluable to practitioners and students alike who want to develop their knowledge and extend the range of the herbs they use in their practice.


  • To be able to identify local herbs from the garden and hedgerow.
  • To understand their chemistry and attributes.
  • To have a deeper connection with the herbal world through the seasons.
  • To acquire the knowledge and confidence to use Western herbs in your home or practice.
  • To add another dimension to your practice through a direct experience and deeper knowledge of the herbs you use.


The course consists of nine online lesson and quizzes, with the option of practical workshops with Anne.

Study Requirements

This course is expected to take 60 hours study online.

On completion of Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective

On completion you will be able to print out a certificate and will be awarded CPD points.

Lesson Overview

Lesson One: Embracing Local Herbs in Ayurvedic Practice

  • Why use local herbs?
  • Sustainability and longevity of supply.
  • Assurance of prana and quality of the tools of your trade.
  • Being able to make your own preparations.
  • Deepening your knowledge of herbs.
  • Developing a spiritual relationship with the herbs you use.

Lesson Two: Understanding the Chemistry of Herbs

  • Looking at pharmacological constituents and how they relate to Ayurvedic classifications including taste, qualities and doshas.

Lesson Three - Six: Seasonal Monographs

  • Each monograph classifies the herb according to traditional Ayurvedic specifications (including their tastes, post-digestive effect, energy, guna, which doshas, dhatus and srotas they mainly affect) as well as Western classifications: Latin name, botanical family, pharmacological constituents, actions and indications.
  • The herbs are grouped according to the season in which they grow and can be harvested, giving you an opportunity to make a personal connection with the living herbs.

Lesson Seven: Ensuring Top Quality Medicines

  • Guidelines for foraging, harvesting and drying herbs
  • Considering questions of sustainability

Lesson Eight: Bhaishayka Kalpana

  • Preparations of medicines according to both Ayurvedic and Western traditions.
  • Preparations of medicines for internal use
  • Preparations of medicines for external use
  • Prescribing herbs following consultation


  • Herbs classified according to the doshas, dhatus and srotas
  • Herbs classified according to their actions and indications

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