Clinical Herbology

Taught by International Educator and best selling Author

Professor Steven Horne

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Steven Horne

International Educator and best selling Author

For over 30 years, Steven Horne has been teaching people how to identify and remove the root causes of their health problems, rather than just treating symptoms. A Registered Herbalist with, and past president of, the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), Steven’s passion for herbal medicine and natural healing lead him to teach classes all over the United States, Canada, and the world. Through his companies, Tree of Light Publishing and The School of Modern Herbal Medicine, Steven has produced numerous books, courses, videos and webinars teaching people about herbal medicine, nutrition, emotional healing and other topics related to holistic healing, including The Comprehensive Guide to Nature’s Sunshine Products and The ABC Herbal. He is the co-author of Modern Herbal Medicine and The Modern Herbal Dispensatory.  Steven is on the Know Your Wellness Board of Education, and he is the Advisor for the Clinical Herbology Mentorship program.


What it IS

Herbalism is about learning to look at the whole person and matching the energetics and personality of the herbs to the imbalances present in the person’s whole body. Instead of fighting an illness or relieving a symptom, herbalism supports weak body processes and helps restore the individual to their natural state of balance. It’s not just the absence of illness, it's about the presence of wellness, vibrance and vitality.

What it IS NOT

Herbalism is not about treating medical conditions, even though that’s the approach you see in magazines and commercials. The medical or allopathic approach to herbs is ineffective and does not produce consistent results. Whole herbs are not singular chemicals, like drugs, and approaching them as drug alternatives is an ineffective way to use them.

What is the Clinical Herbology Mentorship?

Month 1-2

Field Botany


Modern research has its focus on the isolated phytochemicals (individual herbal constituents) present in plants and overlooks the complex synergy of the plant as a whole. To match the right herbs to the individual, you need to understand the “personality” of the herb. This is found in the doctrine of signatures, a philosophy present in the oldest traditions of herbalism around the world. Learning field botany is not only useful for collecting herbs, it’s also vital in understanding the herb's personality. How it acts in nature, where it grows, and how it reacts to the world around it. Like developing a friendship with a person, you learn to understand the complex strengths and abilities of each plant and how to use them to influence a person’s state of health. It’s a true holistic, almost holographic way of understanding herbs.

In this section

You will learn the major plant families, the distinctions in their petals, flowers, stems and growing habits. In short, you will get to meet your favorite herb in a different way as you really get to know them out of the clinic by studying them in nature.

As you learn commonalities in growing habits and plant characteristics, you will begin to understand how specific herbs relate to each other and what herbs can be substituted with other herbs.  Even if you are not intending to wildcraft your own herbs, there are principles that you can only learn by getting to know your favorite herb in it’s natural environment.

The Plant Families Covered: Rose, Aster, Pea, Mint, Mallow, Carrot, Mustard, Evening Primrose, Nightshade, Gourd, Honeysuckle, Heath, Borage, Figwort, Poppy, Violet, Gentian, Milkweed, Cannabis, Buckwheat, Iris, Purslane, Matter, Nettle, Orchid, Lily, Grass, Goosefoot, Geranium, Buttercup, Stonecrop, Caltrop, Barberry, Pine, Cedar, Beech, Poplar, Birch, Walnut, Buckthorn, Magnolia, Sumac, Olive, Witch Hazel, Dogbane, Buckeye, Maple, Linden, Gooseberry, Elm, Ginkgo, Laurel, Grape, Mulberry. 

Months 3-5

Herbal Energetics


Herbal Energetics is the understanding of how herbs interact with body systems and tissues. As holistic practitioners, we should be looking at the big picture of how the herb affects the body as a whole, not a particular illness or symptom. We see the general balance or biological terrain of the person and ask what herbs will restore the natural balance, or homeostasis, of the body. Is the system too hot or irritated, or is it cold or depressed? Is there too much fluid or not enough? It’s not about illness, it’s all about balance. This involves learning to see past the disease names that our clients have been given and seeing the underlying causes of these problems. Herbs are then applied like guides that walk them through the journey back to the balanced state. That is the goal of Naturopathic and Holistic Wellness.

In this section

You will go through 12 different categories of herbs and learn a system of herbal energetics that will help you use herbs in this holistic way. You’ll not just learn these energetic actions, you’ll also see how they relate to each other and to the various health imbalances that people experience. This ability to see the deeper concepts of how herbs act in combination with each other is an understanding that creates a true herbalist.

Learning herbal energetics is a true art as many herbs carry multiple energetics working in greater and lesser proportions. As with all aspects of natural wellness, you need to understand not just a single herbal energetic that can be listed in a chart, but you need an understanding of how to synergize these energetic properties in a cohesive application of all principles of traditional herbalism.

These energetic categories are: Acrid, Alkaloidal (Stimulant) Bitters, Pungent, Aromatic, Fragrant Aromatic, Bitters (Relaxing, Simple), Astringent, Sour, Oily, Mucilant, Sweet, Salty.

The six energetics within these categories are: Warming, Cooling, Moistening, Drying, Constricting, Relaxing, plus the middle ones, Neutral (not hot or cold), Balancing (moistening or drying as needed) and Nutritive.

Months 6-12

Body Systems Application


The capstone of the course is the body systems section - This is where a practitioner takes their knowledge of holistic anatomy and combines it with the relationship you built with the personality of the herbs and the energetic powers that they hold. Many herbs with the same energetics have an affinity for different body systems and tissue states. The true art of herbalism is combining all this knowledge as you apply it to the balancing of the whole person.

In this section

Professor Horne will walk you through one body system at a time and talk about the application of herbs that you have already learned about. He will introduce you to new herbs not yet discussed in this course. He will help you understand the unique personalities and signatures of many herbal remedies. This is where it all comes together to give you the skills of an herbalist in a clinical setting.

In order to really learn how to apply traditional herbology principles, Professor Horne will take you through one body system at a time discussing effective clinical applications.  Each body system is broken down into multiple sub-categories with hypothetical clinical scenarios presented that apply all the concepts taught up to that point in the program.  This ongoing comprehensive application is the only way to truly gain the confidence needed to be effective in a clinical situation.

This section takes you deeper into the art of clinical herbology than any other program that we have ever offered or seen.

Body Systems Covered:

  1. Digestive
  2. Intestinal
  3. Hepatic
  4. Respiratory
  5. Circulatory
  6. Nervous
  7. Brain Neurotransmitters
  8. Immune Part One (infection)
  9. Immune Part Two (autoimmune)
  10. Glandular
  11. Reproductive
  12. Fluid Regulation (urinary, lymphatics)
  13. Structural
  14. Other Remedies
Know Your Wellness Virtual Mentorship

What is a KnowYourWellness Virtual Mentorship?

You will virtually sit with Professor Horne as he presents hypothetical, real life situations. Based on your reply, he walks you through different responses so you truly understand the best application of the principles of herbalism that you have learned thus far. Unlike the old-fashioned lecture quiz style, Professor Horne will continue to discuss and apply all the principles that you have learned up until that point in the mentorship. This comprehensive application of everything you are being taught is only one of many ways that our virtual mentorship system provides our students with the confidence and experience to apply complex principles in a real life clinical situation.

A KnowYourWellness Virtual Mentorship

Is Not Like Other Online Education

Real Advisor Video Responses

Our unique Virtual Mentorship System ensures the convenience of online education does not come at the expense of valuable one-on-one interaction. Should you have questions after virtually discussed topics with Professor Horne you can submit questions through our student portal. You will then receive a video reply from one of our Clinical Advisors. This is not a generic reply or a tutorial of potential questions.  This is a video reply directly to you from an advisor answering your question in a personal manner. Now, just like in a live class, after the presentation you can ask specific questions and learn from this video based one-on-one interaction.

Real Clinical Discussion

With all comprehensive education, the biggest challenge is the jump from the concept to real life application. Final projects, practicums and examinations have always been a part of Know Your Wellness educational programs, but we didn’t stop there. Woven throughout our virtual mentorship is constant hypothetical examples of clinical scenarios. These interactions are not a simple yes or no ‘are you still awake’ question. Professor Horne presents complex scenarios that don’t have a simple answer, and after you answer he will explain your answer and his reasoning behind his answer choice. Just like sitting across the desk in a live mentorship, this virtual, non-linier interaction feels like you are one-on-one with your professor. Not only does this keep the student engaged, but it also ensures the learning of one concept before moving on to another one. This mentorship style repetition produces graduates that can, with confidence, apply herbal concepts into any real life clinical situation. Virtually shadowing Professor Horne, month after month.

Real Relationships

Another benefit of live classes is the relationships built with other students. Often these friendships build the foundation for your professional network after you graduate. Our Student Crossing System is an complete social interaction platform where you will interact with other students from around the world in Know Your Wellness programs. This is the place where you make like minded friends, support each other and build professional relationships that will span your career and lifetime.


In order to apply these concepts, you must already have a foundational understanding of holistic body system’s structure and function. This is NOT an introductory course. We will not be covering the function of body systems. This class will be focused on the art of balancing, and will require one of the following:

  • ABC+D – Professor Horne
  • KYW Traditional Naturopathy
  • ANMCB Board Certified
  • Pro Member of the American Herbalist
  • Professional Herbalist program or equivalent
  • Professional herbalist experience – Please specify

If this interests you, but you are just starting out, then we encourage you to enroll in our Traditional Naturopathy program that will lay the foundation for you to take this mentorship in the future.

Clinical Herbology Mentorship

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