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Comprehensive Chinese Herb Program: Year 1
At this time, there is no scheduled start date for this course.


Schedule:  Weekends once every 5 weeks for a total of 10 weekends. Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

140.0 contact hours (140.0 NCCAOM PDA points pending)

Cindy Micleu, MTCM, L.Ac. (see bio)

Course Location:
Phinney Ridge neighborhood in Seattle, WA

Cost for Year One:
$3,000.00  (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 $750.00
Payment by installments is available for the remainder of the tuition cost. 

Course Description:
This 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.

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.

After completing this year of herbs and formulas, in the following year there will be optional modules offered that focus on herbal diagnosis and treatment within specific systems such as Ob/Gyn, Digestive disorders, Respiratory, Dermatology, Heart & Emotions, NMS, and more.   These will be offered as weekend modules and will be open to registration as individual classes depending on each students interest.

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 weekend modules, 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 at this time there are several Chinese medicine doctoral programs that do accept the credits awarded from the Jade Institute herb program.

Please note 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.