Learn holistic tools for managing pain!

In our culture, ideas about pain management tend to be pretty binary - take the pills or you're stuck with the pain. We disagree. There are many holistic tools that can create a whole spectrum of strategies for managing pain. 

In this course, you’ll learn how to work with herbs and holistic strategies to manage pain - whether it's an acute situation from an injury or a chronic condition.

Holistic strategies can be very successful in managing all types of pain, and can even act as an adjunct to conventional therapies.

This course has over 8 hours of videos, plus printable quick guides, resources, quizzes, and more!

What you'll learn

  • How Pain Works

    Understand the physiology of pain so that you can make good choices about where and how to target your herbal strategies.

  • Herbal Actions for Pain Management

    Learn how to work with herbs to break the pain signal, relax the nerves themselves, and even how to help the nerve cells heal after damage.

  • Choosing the Right Herbs

    Learn which herbs are best for which types of pain, and how to choose the right ones for each individual.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome! (00:00)

  • 2

    Understanding Pain (166:59)

    • Why do we have Pain?

    • Physiology of Pain

    • The Pain Pathway

    • Interrupting the Pain Signal

    • Pain and Your Brain

    • The Role of Story

    • Holistic Pain Management

  • 3

    Herbal Actions for Pain Management (99:49)

    • Actions for Pain Management: Analgesics & Anodynes

    • Actions for Pain Management: Sedatives, Trophorestoratives, & Relaxants

    • Actions for Pain Management: Rubefacients

    • Actions for Pain Management: Anti-inflammatories

  • 4

    Materia Medica for Pain Mangement (217:02)

    • Materia Medica for Pain Management

    • Inflammation that Isn't Obvious - a short tangent

    • Salicylates: Willow, Alder

    • Methylsalicylates: Meadowsweet, Wintergreen

    • Spicy Analgesics: Kava, Clove, Pepper

    • The Eclectic "Narcotics": Jamaican Dogwood, Wild Lettuce, California Poppy, Ghost Pipe

    • Cannabis & CBD

    • Chamomile and the Relaxants

    • Lobelia, Crampbark, and Wild Yam

    • Solomon's Seal

    • Nervous Trophorestoratives: St. J, Damiana, Lion's Mane

    • Prickly Ash & blood movers

  • 5

    Putting it all together (05:36)

    • Putting it all Together

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This is no ordinary online course...

In addition to the videos, we provide features to accommodate all the different ways people like to learn, so whether you learn best by watching, listening, reading, or doing, you can internalize the information easily!

  • Lifetime access - so you can review the content as many times as you like, forever!

  • Weekly live Q&A sessions with Katja and Ryn - to ask your questions directly, live and in person! (They're even archived, in case you miss one!) This course has 3 months of live Q&A support.

  • Ask questions anytime - we're always just a click away: you can ask any questions in the integrated discussion forum, and we're committed to personally answering your questions, usually within 24 hours

  • Printable PDF materials - if you like to follow the videos along on paper, or keep them handy for a quick reference

  • Downloadable MP3 files - so you can review the content while you commute, workout, garden, ... anytime!

  • No-risk money back guarantee - no questions asked!

The best herb school online!

Vanessa P.

"I researched different online herbalism courses for about two months and am so glad I found you two. There is so much more than just the material to this course. Because you teach everything in videos, and then with the live Q&A sessions every week, I feel like this is more of an in-person experience than an online course and I love that."

Your Teachers

Two heads are better than one!


Katja & Ryn
Katja & Ryn

Katja & Ryn almost always teach together. They each have particular talents and areas of interest, and their perspectives on certain issues are quite different! Together, they convey a fuller picture of the realities of herbal theory & practice than either one could do alone.

Katja is an herbalist and teacher working to help people rebuild their relationships with their bodies and their own ability to heal. She’s been in practice for nearly 20 years, but it all began with a desire to make her own “fancy tea” at home instead of paying high prices for imported blends at specialty stores. She’s kept that do-it-yourself ethic close to her heart.

Ryn has been a practicing herbalist since 2010. He came to herbalism by way of martial arts, where his first experiences with herbs were focused on getting back into the game and becoming more flexible, adaptable, and resilient. Passing that experience on to others is what keeps him motivated every day.

Together, Katja and Ryn teach everyone from children to elders, as well as pharmacy students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy, where they both serve as associate faculty. Ryn and Katja are the authors of Herbal Medicine for Beginners, and the creators of the weekly Holistic Herbalism Podcast.