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Clinical herbalist (medicinal plants) Studies

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Clinical herbalist (medicinal plants) Studies | General Info

“Every tree for food…its fruit for food and its leaf for medicine” (Ezekiel 47:12)

Herbalism (phytotherapy) uses plants for medicinal purposes and is considered the oldest and most universal form of medicine in the world. Many cultures around the world have been using plants as their main medicinal therapy for centuries. Jewish medicine also awards phytotherapy an important and major role and it has been used by the greatest Jewish physicians, including Maimonides and Asaf Harofeh.

Phytotherapy recognizes the plant world as an inexhaustible source of raw materials for use by humanity and the medicinal herbs that grow in the patient’s surroundings as the most suitable for treating him. The active medicinal ingredients are extracted from the plants and used for therapeutic purposes. Many modern medicines are based on plant extracts.
Phytotherapy is used to prevent illnesses and as an adjunct to conventional therapy for chronic diseases. Medicinal herbs are most effective when combined with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, customized for each person’s age, sex, medical condition and environment. Similar to other holistic therapies, phytotherapy does not actively suppress the symptoms of an illness, but rather provides the patient with tools for building a healthier lifestyle and helping the body heal itself. 

Recent clinical research has proven medicinal herbs to be more effective than conventional drugs and antibiotics and drug companies around the world are investing vast resources in the production of drugs based on the therapeutic properties of various herbs.
Phytotherapy can augment any other holistic therapy and contributes to better and more effectiveness treatment.
The phytotherapy study track at Shelem College is a blend of western and Chinese herbalist approaches.

Combined Track | Clinical herbalist (medicinal plants)

Combined tracks combines a number of courses that can be learned separately. The advantage of Clinical herbalist (medicinal plants) combined learning program is acquiring an integrated toolkit synchronized between different fields of study and acquisition of knowledge in different disciplines. In addition, the combined track cost cheaper than the seperate courses together.

Courses in the Clinical herbalist (medicinal plants) track:

Proper nutrition is a way of life that builds robustness against diseases and physical and mental deficiencies, and the use of nutrition for healing is the foundation stone of natural medicine.

Introduction to herbology and traditional and modern phytotherapy
Medicinal plant use in various cultures
Local and world botany. Introduction to botany and systematology
The anatomy of the plant: germination and sprouting, signature theory
Rules of collecting and growing. Introduction to methods and extraction

Iridology is a diagnostic method based on the iris of the eye.
Although this diagnostic method developed into its modern form in Europe, ancient cultures around the world, including Judaism, refer to the eye as a window onto human personality, abilities, characteristics and both physiological and mental health.

Teachers staff

Itzik Cohen
Eliel Rotnamer
Aharon Darmon
Naomi Bloch


1st Year
Medical Plants – First year
60 Hours [15 Meetings]
First year nutrition
130 Hours [24 Meetings]
Anatomy and physiology
112 Hours [38 Meetings]
164 Hours [41 Meetings]
Orthomolecular nutrition
60 Hours [12 Meetings]
Total: 526 Hours [130 Meetings]
2nd Year
Medical Plants – Third year
175 Hours [32 Meetings]
50 Hours [10 Meetings]
Guided imagery
108 Hours [27 Meetings]
150 Hours [50 Meetings]
60 Hours [15 Meetings]
Second year nutrition
160 Hours [32 Meetings]
Total: 703 Hours [166 Meetings]
3rd Year
0 Hours [0 Meetings]
Advanced pathology
112 Hours [28 Meetings]
48 Hours [12 Meetings]
40 Hours [8 Meetings]
Total: 200 Hours [48 Meetings]


Medical Plants – First year
  • Local and global ethnobotany
  • Plant anatomy
  • Introduction to extraction methods
  • Primary and secondary substances in plants
  • Groups of active substances
  • Medicinal and physiological effects of natural substances
  • Medicinal herb groups and their properties
  • Adaptogenic plants, diuretic plants, depurative plants, antimicrobial plants, anti-inflammatory plants, relaxant and contracting plants, bitter and antispasmodic plants, plants for digestion, anti-oxidant plants, diaphoretic plants
  • Medicinal herb monographs for each of the bod
Medical Plants – Third year
  • Pharmacognosy and phytochemistry – macroscopic, microscopic and chromatographic identification
  • Categorizing active components by chemical group
  • Counter-indications, side effects, interim effects and duration of treatment
  • Guided clinic – case analysis and treatment of patients
  • Individual assignments
  • Educational field trips



1st Year
2nd Year

Graduates will receive a diploma from Shelem College
The diploma is recognized by the Herbalists Association

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