Naturopathy Course

Coming in 2019. We are busy developing a new course that will enable you to take your learning and skills on to higher level: The School of Health’s Naturopathic Course. This course may be used for personal interest, or for extending your practice, or for gaining registration with other accrediting organisations.


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Mary Sharma, course author says:

“This unique course is an in depth study of Eastern medicine and Naturopathy. It is the only programme, to my knowledge, that combines the four main Eastern medicines and Naturopathy disciplines in one course.

Naturopathy is a blend of many different disciplines that were passed down through the ages. It has its roots in Eastern medicine and was added to over the ages with herbal lore and nature cure methods. Knowledge of naturopathic philosophy will help you to understand your client’s symptoms and to be able to unravel how they arrived at them. Not only does this help alleviate the symptoms but also puts the client back in control of their health. This is the role of the naturopath as ‘Docere’ or teacher.

The many naturopathic techniques and its philosophy are not considered ‘scientific’ and therefore much of this ancient wisdom is being dropped from modern courses, or at best, only receives a cursory mention. The result is confusion about what true naturopathic philosophy can teach us as practitioners and also leads to its teachings being misunderstood and therefore not practiced effectively.

I have become increasingly alarmed at the lack of naturopathic teaching that is available now, and also the lack of connections that are made between different symptoms. The body never acts against us; the art of the naturopath is to make sense of the symptoms and to reassure the body that balance can be restored. In our current environment we suffer many stresses, both emotional and environmental (to name but a few) and this stress immediately impacts the body causing dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. This is the beginning of symptoms, which are at first so subtle as not to be noticed. Once symptoms become apparent there are usually a few bodily systems involved but unless we understand the initial cause then we can only hope at best to palliate symptoms.

Having trained in various disciplines over the years of being a practitioner and seeing how they all enhanced my understanding of health and disease I decided to write a course that I would have loved to have done 25 years ago, when I was first starting out on my alternative medical training. The course starts with Eastern medicine and provides a detailed study of Ayurveda, Chinese five elements, Tibetan Medicine and Unani (Greek/Persian) medicine. Once you have this grounding you then study homeopathic philosophy which underpins naturopathic philosophy. By the time you reach the naturopathic module you will find that the philosophy is second nature to you. The rest of the course builds on this foundation and covers iridology, hydrotherapy, an introduction to Homotoxicology, psychology and psychosocial skills and finishes with a detailed module about dentistry and health. I have added in this last module because I believe it is of the utmost importance for practitioners to understand the effects of dentistry and oral health upon the overall health of the body.

I hope you enjoy studying it as much as I have enjoyed writing it”.

Read Mary Sharma's full biog.

Naturopathy Course content:

Unit 1: Ayurveda

History, Sankhya Philosophy, Tanmatra, the three Guna, the five elements, the tri Dosha, 15 sub Doshas, the Dhatus and Srotas, Agni and Ama, Samprapti (the six stage disease process), faulty food combination, diet and lifestyle to balance Doshas and for seasonal eating, Ayurvedic food energetics, herbs, basics of tongue diagnosis, yoga postures for balancing each Dosha and chakras and their relation to health and disease.

Unit 2: Chinese Medicine

History (five phases/elements, stems and branches, development of TCM), yin and yang, the five fundamental textures, the organs, the six pernicious influences, the seven emotions, the eight principle patterns, theory of Ayurvedic acupuncture and the links between Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, Chinese five elements in detail, sheng and Ko cycles and nutrition and Chinese food energetics

Unit 3: Tibetan and Unani Medicine

Tibetan medicine history and main concepts, the mind and the three mental poisons, the three humours, the 15 sub humours, seven body constituents, Dhang, the organs, disease and Tibetan diagnosis, Tibetan food energetics, diet and lifestyle, seasonal eating.

Unani medicine history, Unani medical concepts, the seven natural principles, the four elements, the four states of matter, temperament and humours, maintenance of health, the six essential causes, balance and imbalance, abnormal humours and temperaments, the disease process, black bile as a cause of disease, Unani methods of diagnosis, temperaments and modern psychology influences. Unani food energetics.

Unit 4: Homeopathy

History, philosophy, Herings Law of cure, miasms theory, flower formulas, tissue salts, proving of remedies, potentization, homeopathy in practice, homeopathic first aid,  50 common remedies to use in practice.

Unit 5: Naturopathy

History and development of Naturopathy, modern naturopathy, therapeutic order, core principles, reductionism v vitalism, theory of naturopathic nutrition: electrolyte balance, acute and chronic eliminations, naturopathic case taking, naturopathic techniques.

Unit 6: An Introduction to Homotoxicology

The science behind homeopathy: minimum dose, Avogadro’s constant, Nano dose, Arndt Schultz law, resonance. Law of similars, dynamization of the substance, water and sugar polymers; various sources of toxins, the basics of Homotoxicology: extra cellular matrix or ground substance of Alfred Pischinger, regulatory systems and feedback systems, Bioregulatory medicine, three pillars of Homotoxicology, greater defence system, acidosis, immune by stander reaction, six phase table/disease evolution table; using simple Homotoxicology remedies in practice.

Unit 7: Psychosocial Skills

Part 1: overview of psychotherapeutic interventions for alternative practitioners, psychotherapeutic models: psychodynamic, humanistic, transpersonal and cognitive behaviour approaches; the human stress trauma response, the limbic system, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, fight flight freeze responses, polyvagal theory, regulating the flight, fight, freeze response, regulating social engagement, A-B-C- personalities, assessing stress trauma, the therapeutic process; the practitioner’s role and the clients role; psychotherapeutic treatment strategies, projection and transference, psychotherapeutic intervention.

Part 2: the general adaptation syndrome (Selye), PNEI, stress and how it affects the different systems in the body, adverse childhood events and attachment issues, learned helplessness, self-mutation, stress and addictions, perception of stress, social economic status and health, allostasis and allostatic load, adrenal fatigue, pregnenolone steal, clinical tests for adrenal fatigue, functional tests for adrenal fatigue, recovery from adrenal fatigue: diet, supplements and herbs; monitoring and supporting stress levels in clients, flower formulas, Bach remedies, the Enneagram, Jungian personality types, Myers Briggs personality types, David Keirsey personality types. 

Unit 8: Iridology

History of Iridology, classical and modern iridology, anatomy of the iris, iris charts and zones of the iris, pupil size and shape, colour on the iris, stomach and intestinal zones, the collerette, contraction furrows and nerve rings, cholesterol ring, sodium ring, lymphatic rosary, scurf ring, arcus senilis; degrees of disease seen in the iris: lacunae, crypts and defect signs; radii, transversals, spleen sign and hypothalamus sign. American and Australian constitutions, German constitutions: lymphatic constitution, mixed biliary constitution and haematogenic constitution. Disposition and diathesis, sub constitutions: neurogenic, neuro-lymphatic, anxiety tetanic, glandular, mesenchymal pathological, cardio-abdominal, Lipaemic, hydrogenoid, pancreatic, uric acid, kidney lymphatic, Dyscratic, miasmic; Emotional/behavioural iridology, miasms, modern iridology and latest research.

Unit 9: Hydrotherapy

History, theory: latent heat, the use of hot and cold, conduction and convection, hot and cold effects upon circulation and metabolism; properties of water, importance of circulation, buoyancy, reflex areas and dermatomes, various hydrotherapy manipulations, practice of hydrotherapy, showers, ablutions, affusions, alternating and contrast treatments, fomentations, compresses and packs, Balneotherapy (baths), internal therapy, various conditions and suggested hydrotherapy techniques. 

Unit 10: Dentistry and Health

History, the research of Weston Price, Royal Lee, Percy Howe, Drs Mellanby; teeth, meridian charts and dental foci; tooth anatomy, the gut-mouth connection, oxidative stress, dental pathology: NICO, cavitations, gingivitis, periodontal disease and CAP, effects of modern dentistry on health: extractions, overlays, fillings, bridges, overlays, implants, galvanism, root canals; mercury: dangers of and removal of, detoxification procedures, lab tests, cleft palate, tongue tie, oral health: oil pulling, various mouthwash essential oil recipes, homemade toothpastes.


Diploma Course Level 5
Duration: 1-2 years
Fee: TBC
Qualification: This course provides you with a brilliant range of skills across the Naturopathic subjects and we do believe it is unique in its depth of learning based upon Eastern Medicine.

This Naturopathy Course is due to be launched in early 2019 and we will be seeking recognition with the General Naturopathic Council and the Naturopathic Nutrition Association.

Your Nutrition learning path

An ideal route could be to start with the Nutritional Therapist Course (FNTP Accredited), which allows you to start your own practice and then, alongside this, you can elevate your learning with the Naturopathy Course (Seeking General Naturopathic Council GNC and the Naturopathic Nutrition Association NNA Accredition). Your training can be further honed by the Advanced Nutrition Course launching in 2020 (Seeking British Association for Nutrition and Life Style Medicine BANT Accredition).

You can take your nutrition training as far as you wish to and we are here to help you make the best decisions at every step. Please ask us for advice and you can also make an appointment to chat with School of Health course author Mary Sharma.

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A programme that combines the four main Eastern medicines with Naturopathy disciplines.