Overview Of The Course

Discovering Herbal Medicine

'Discovering Herbal Medicine' was originally written by two of the UK's leading herbal pioneers, Hein Zeylstra and Simon Mills. In the early 80’s Hein had the foresight and energy to found the College of Herbal Medicine (or Phytotherapy as he preferred to call it) in the South of England for the training of herbal practitioners. As the world's primary teaching school for western herbal medicine courses, it influenced standards set by subsequent institutions in many countries.

They brought a scientific basis to the study of medical herbalism

Over the 25 years that he ran the College, Hein Zeylstra and those who studied under him, like Simon Mills, were responsible for bringing western herbal medicine courses out of the dark ages into the modern day. They brought a scientific basis to the study of medical herbalism and this approach enabled the enormous expansion of interest in herbal medicine in Britain during the 1980s and 90s, which continues worldwide today.

Herbal enthusiasts around the world owe much to Hein Zeylstra

There is no doubt that herbal enthusiasts around the world owe much to Hein Zeylstra. Many of Hein’s students have gone on to make enormous contributions to the knowledge-base of herbal medicine. Some have become successful herbal practitioners, others have become teachers of the subject. All this activity is only possible because of the plethora of books written by Hein’s former students - books which integrate the traditional use of medicinal plants with scientific insight.

The DHM Course is not a 'coffee table' course

The DHM Course is not a 'coffee table' course, merely stating that this or that herb might be used to treat such and such a condition. On the contrary, the course materials are comprehensive and impart a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the use of some fifty medicinal plants. Specifically, the pathology and diagnosis of a wide range of common medical conditions are carefully described and safety considerations are paramount throughout. Health problems that cannot be treated by non-professionals are clearly identified, and the Materia Medica is confined to herbs with well-established safety credentials.

“It is a comprehensive course and much thought has gone into the preparation to enable lay people to gain more understanding about maintaining health and the use of herbal medicine in the present day.”



“I really enjoyed the ‘Discovering Herbal Medicine’ course and am glad I finished with success. I am now suffering from ‘withdrawal symptoms’, so will continue to study.”



“A beautifully-designed course with a lovely personal feel to the whole experience. I am going to miss the excitement of starting each new assignment and receiving those packages in the post!”