2-Year Comprehensive Chinese Herb Program: Year 1

February 1, 2020 – February 7, 2021

This course will meet one weekend per month, for a total of 12 weekends

Dates: Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 – 5:00 pm
Hours: 156.0 contact hours (156.0 NCCAOM PDA points pending)

Instructor: Cindy Micleu, MTCM, L.Ac. (see bio)
Course Location: Phinney Ridge neighborhood in Seattle, WA
Cost for Year One: $3900.00  (Payments by installments available)

Prerequisites: Open to licensed acupuncturists. No prior Chinese herb training required.  3rd year student will be considered.
Feel free to call Cindy if you have questions or want to discuss your situation and if this course is right for you.  (206) 409-6157.


Initial deposit to hold your space in this course is $900.00
Payment by installments is available.  See registration page for details.
Register here

Course Description:

This is the first year of a 2-year program of study in Chinese herbal medicine. The course is appropriate for licensed acupuncture practitioners and 3rd year acupuncture students, or for herbalists seeking to review and deepen their diagnostic skills and increase the clinical effectiveness of their herbal treatment. Classes are small in order to encourage questions, discussion, and a mentorship style education.

In year 1 of the program, basic materia medica and formulas are covered with emphasis on real clinical case application and a patient centered perspective. Single herbs and formulas are taught together in an integrated system along with attention to deepening diagnostic skills and pattern discrimination. Year 2 of the program focuses on the application of formulas and modifications for a wide variety of disorders.

This course will help participants:

  • Develop a strong working knowledge of Chinese herbs and formulas
  • Learn to assess clinical patient situations with detailed diagnostics and modify herbal formulas accordingly
  • Develop and deepen effective diagnostic skills that address the complex clinical reality that our patients often present
  • Understand how to work with herbs in conjunction with Western approaches

Cindy Micleu will be teaching the core formulas and herbs in year 1 of this program. She brings 35 years of clinical practice experience, and 25+ years of teaching Chinese medicine.  In year 2, guest instructors will teach some weekends, bringing depth, insight and experience to their particular areas of specialty.  

What past students have said about the Jade Institute herb course:  

“The Jade Institute herb course continues to be the best investment in my practice since acupuncture school.  Cindy Micleu is a teacher of the rarest quality— challenging, clear, deeply caring of both the integrity & practice of TCM, as well as students’ integration of the material.  Even with the myriad details there are to absorb, involving individual herb functions and their synergistic relationships in formulas, she manages to keep it totally engaging and manageable.  The body of knowledge I gained still surprises me.  Small classroom discussions allow a deep understanding that can be utilized in clinic right away.  Incredibly helpful for the honing of diagnostic skills, and visiting lecturers who, like Cindy, are the leaders in our field.  This is an extremely special opportunity to learn from the generation of practitioners who made Chinese Medicine in the West what it is today!!”                                  – Briana Healy, L.Ac.   Class of 2015-7

“If Cindy shows up say yes! The Jade Institute Herbal Program is a unique opportunity to study herbs in a small group setting with plenty of round table discussion, in depth lecture and hands on learning. Cindy brings to the class her 35 years of herbal practice, an intricate knowledge of herbs and a simple, clear and easy to understand teaching style. In addition, her guest teachers are some of the top Chinese Herbalists in the Western world. I’m very pleased I took this class!”       
       – Laurie MacMillan, L.Ac.    Class of 2015-17

This Chinese herbal medicine program far exceeded my expectations. The Jade Institute program has so much to offer, from expert and seasoned herbalist teachers, to detailed case studies with small in-depth classroom discussion, to thoughtful and engaging homework assignments. I felt well prepared to set up my own herbal pharmacy and begin prescribing in the middle of the second year. You will be challenged, and the rewards are greater than you can imagine! My practice is so meaningful now, and I am so grateful to have made the commitment and taken the time to immerse myself into the world of Chinese herbal medicine with the Jade Institute.               
       – Cally Huttar, PhD, LAc, FABORM    Class of 2015-17

“I highly recommend the Jade Institute herbal program.  One of the difficulties I had in acupuncture school was trying to learn both acupuncture and herbal medicine simultaneously, as they are each extensive disciplines.  Jade provided a more precise and intricate herbal training experience, and the teachers were extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and approachable to help guide me as I needed.  Thanks to Jade, I now prescribe herbal medicine with confidence.”
       – Jamie Davis, DAOM, L.Ac.    Class of 2008-10

“The herbal study program through the Jade Institute is not to be missed.  I gained so much. The teachers all have their specialty and the presentations were fascinating and engaging. The pacing was perfect- challenging but not overwhelming.  The small class size made for in depth discussions and we formed life long friendships.”               
       – Maria Cook,  L.Ac., Class of 2008-10

Additional Course Features:

The first year of this course will be held on one weekend every 4 weeks, for a total of 12 weekends and 156 hours of instruction. Class size will be limited in order to facilitate engaged learning through class discussion and individualized instruction.

  • Students will be given study guides, self tests, and case studies to guide their learning in between weekend classes
  • Class recordings are posted on a private student website for review, or if class time is missed
  • Class notes, relevant journal articles, and extra reference materials will also be available on the student website throughout the course
  • Students will have access to case consultation with the primary instructor outside of classroom time

Please Note:
The NCCAOM does not certify any herb program in the country that is not taught within a full accredited masters degree school. Therefore upon completing the Jade Institute herb program you will NOT qualify to sit for the NCCAOM herb exam. If you feel you need the NCCAOM herb certification, this is not the course for you.

However please understand that there are very few states in the U.S., including Washington state, that require the NCCAOM herb exam in order to legally practice Chinese herbal medicine. It is well documented and agreed upon by the organizations and legal representatives for our profession, that if a state ever decides to change its regulation and require the national accreditation, every acupuncture practitioner that is licensed at the time of that change will be grandfathered in to be able to practice herbal medicine legally.

At this time, the U.S. states that require the NCCAOM herb certification to practice Chinese herbs are: Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

Date and Topic Schedule

Weekend 1: Tonify Qi and Blood
February 1-2, 2020  – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Introduction to materia medica herb properties including methods of treatment, herb channels, temperatures, directions, and formula design. Herbs and formulas that tonify qi, tonify blood, tonify qi and blood. Case discussion.

Weekend 2: Drain and Transform Dampness
March 7-8, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dosaging herbs for different situations, body types, times of day, etc., methods of delivery, Dui Yao (herb pairs). Herbs and formulas that drain dampness, clear heat and damp, transform damp aromatically. Case discussion.

Weekend 3: Release the Exterior
April 4-5, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Formula strategies, treating by season, environment, and constitution. Function of herb flavors. Herbs and formulas that release the exterior wind cold, wind heat, and Shaoyang. Case discussion.

Weekend 4: Clear Heat, Fire, and Toxicity
May 2-3, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Herb suppliers, growing and collecting herbs, the future of Chinese herbs in the West. Herbs and formulas that clear heat drain fire, clear heat resolve toxicity, clear summerheat, clear lingering heat. Case discussion.

Weekend 5: Drain Downward, Warm Interior
June 6-7, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pao Zhi (special preparations of herbs). Herbs and formulas that clear heat from organs, drain downward, moisten and unblock, warm the interior and expel cold. Case discussion.

Weekend 6: Transform Phlegm, Stop Cough
August 1-2, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cautions and contraindications. Herbs and formulas that cool and transform phlegm, clear heat and transform phlegm, stop cough and wheezing. Case discussion.

Weekend 7: Internal and External Wind
September 12-13, 2020- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Herb ethics and ecology, herb safety issues, endangered species, medicinal mushrooms. Herbs and formulas that dispel wind dampness, and extinguish internal wind. Case discussion.

Weekend 8: Regulate and Harmonize Qi
October 3-4, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Herbs and formulas that harmonize, regulate qi, harmonize the Stomach and Intestines, regulate the Spleen and Liver, and direct rebellious qi downward. Case discussion.

Weekend 9: Regulate the Blood
November 7-8, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Diagnosing blood stasis. Herbs and formulas that regulate the blood, and regulate the blood and stop bleeding. Case discussion.

Weekend 10: Nourish Yin, Moisten Dryness
December 5-6, 2020 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Herbs and formulas that gently disperse and moisten dryness, enrich yin and moisten dryness, nourish and tonify yin, clear heat from deficiency. Case discussion.

Weekend 11: Tonify Yang, Dispel Cold
January 2-3, 2021- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Herbs and formulas that tonify the yang, warm the interior and dispel cold, rescue devastated yang, and secure the essence. Review of herbs and formulas to date. Case discussion.

Weekend 12: Nourish Heart, Calm Spirit
February 6-7, 2021 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Discussing the challenges of running an herbal practice. Herbs and formulas that relieve food stagnation, calm and anchor the Spirit, nourish the Heart, and open the orifices. Review of herbs and formulas to date. Case discussion