AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine


Herbal Studies

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AOMA’s herbal program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation, with education in herbal theory, identification and function of more than 300 herbs and the combination of those herbs in formulas to restore states of health. Resources include an herbal lab, herbal medicine center, and a learning garden where herbs are grown in conjunction with the American Botanical Council.

Designed by highly trained Chinese herbal practitioners with many years of clinical experience, our herbal program exceeds national requirements. In your first year you will learn basic herbal knowledge. The second year focuses on in-depth study of individual herbs, their functions and physical properties including the hands-on herbal lab section. In your third year of herbal study, you begin to prepare and write herbal formulations made from raw herbs. You will learn to adjust and modify classical formulas to suit the individual needs of each patient. Classical Chinese texts on herbal treatment of disease serve as the source materials for advanced students in the study of the theory of disease, syndrome differentiation and herbal formulations.

Herbal Studies Department Mission Statement:

The Department of Herbal Studies is dedicated to thoroughly train students to be professional and competent practitioners of traditional Chinese herbal medicine.   The Department of Herbal Studies is directed by Dongxin Ma, LAc, PhD, MD (China).