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Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushroom Benefits, Identification and Pharmacology.

Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal Mushroom Benefits, Identification and PharmacologyHeartwood Education is pleased to offer a short course ‘Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms’. This course is taught by bendle, an experienced herbalist, educator and forager who has developed a special interest in mushrooms, both in terms of their medicinal properties and for their own sake as living beings. The course is recommended for herbalists and for herbal students and for other practitioners who use herbal medicines in their practices.

Medicinal Mushroom Benefits, Identification and PharmacologyIn this course, which is made up of 16 videos (totalling 4.5 hours), each with accompanying slides as well as a final bibliography, you will be introduced to the identification of mushrooms and gain an overview of their pharmacology, before looking at particular species, including button mushrooms, Shiitake, Reishi and Artist’s Bracket, Turkey Tail, Chaga, Birch polypore and Lion’s mane. This is followed by case histories demonstrating the real world clinical application of medicinal mushrooms before processing and extraction is discussed. The content then explores Psilocybe species and Fly agaric before the course is rounded off with an exploration of how fungi can help restore damaged environments..

Medicinal Mushroom Benefits, Identification and PharmacologyAll the materials are available to you when you start the course and you can work through the teaching material at your own pace. You will have access to the material for 3 months and can download the slides and bibliography.

Medicinal Mushroom Benefits, Identification and PharmacologyDisclaimer: this course is for educational material only and, on its own, is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition.
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Heartwood Professional Course in Herbal Medicine

Online Student Clinic

Originally conceived to provide quality clinical training for our final year students during the Covid-19 restrictions, Heartwood Education are now able to offer appointments in our online student clinic to all.

Consultations are taken by final year students, but each session and all treatment is overseen throughout by an experienced qualified herbalist.

Consultations take place via a secure video call (rather like Zoom or Skype), and access to the consultation is restricted to Heartwood students, Heartwood herbalists and you. You will only see the supervising herbalist and the student practitioner involved in taking your case, and it is very helpful if you also use your webcam so that they can see you too.

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Accessing your online clinic sessions

On the day of your appointment, you will be emailed a secure private link to the online session 5 minutes before your appointment time to enable you to access the online Clinic room. We find that Chrome or Firefox web browsers work best - Safari and Internet Explorer don’t seem to work very well, and sometimes not at all.

The consultation part of your appointment takes up to an hour and a half, and you will be asked to return to the clinic session again - approximately two hours after the end of your appointment - for the clinical student and the supervising herbalist to explain your treatment plan, and to organise how you will receive your herbal medicines.

If you live outside of the UK, the supervising herbalist will explain how you can obtain the required herbal medicines locally.


The initial consultation fee is £30 and follow up appointments are £15. Any medicines prescribed are dispensed by the professional herbalist overseeing your consultation. The cost of medicines is usually between £5 and £25 per week, with an average of about £12 per week (excluding postage and packing). A course of treatment usually lasts between 6 and 12 weeks. The practitioner will always seek to reduce the cost of medicines in cases of financial hardship. Medicines will be posted to you directly, and payments can be made online.