A new school for herbal medicine, herbal medicine for people with serious conditions and a school for the treatment of autoimmune diseases could soon open in Canada.
The Trillum School of Herbology and Botany in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the brainchild of Dr. Jodi Flanders, who also serves as its president and CEO.
The school was launched in April to offer a full-time, one-year, tuition-free degree that can be applied towards the purchase of herbal medicines, botanical treatments and other products, according to the school’s website.
A full-day, one year and four years course will cost $35,000, with a student’s first year paying for $25,000.
The Trillsum School is a collaborative, one of a kind program with other academic institutions in the province.
It has received the endorsement of the Nova Scotia government, which is supporting the program with $10,000 in funding.
Flanders says the program is meant to help people and their families who have severe, chronic illnesses or medical conditions, but have limited or no access to traditional medical care.
“Our goal is to make a difference for people who need it,” she said.
Flanders has been teaching herbal medicine to people with severe illnesses for the past 15 years, and she says it has worked wonders for her.
People with serious illnesses can benefit from the herb’s unique, natural and herbal remedies, she said, because they’re often not receiving the right care.
“They have these very rare and complex diseases that are very, very difficult to treat, and so there’s very little care that we can offer to people,” she explained.
She says the school is also a place to learn about herbal medicine and its history, to meet people who share similar medical needs and to share experiences.
“This is not a way to just sell herbs,” she added.
“It’s not an academic course.
We are a place where people can learn about herbs and herbal medicine.”
The school will be open to the public beginning in January, and Flanders expects to open more classes as the school becomes a more established institution.
In the meantime, it’s easy to understand why some people are so excited about it.
I just love the fact that I can get a degree and not have to worry about whether my doctor is going to be able to see me because there’s a Trillumbus School of Botany,” said Jennifer Leavitt, a Halifax resident and member of the Trillumsum Club of Nova Scotia.”
I think that’s very exciting for me.
“She is also excited that the Trillsumsum School will be able give people with conditions like fibromyalgia access to herbal medicine.”
There’s not really a place like this in the country that I’ve ever been, but it’s kind of cool that we’re able to do this for people,” Leavit added.”
We don’t need to rely on a pharmacy.
We can have it all here in Halifax.
“The Trampsum School has received national and international recognition for its work, including the National Research Council of Canada, which said the school will bring “further scientific understanding to the treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses.
“The National Research Alliance for Traditional Medicines and Herbology (NRTM) says the Trampsumsum school will help people who are struggling with the challenges of chronic conditions, including fibromyalgic pain, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.”
While traditional medicine is a very complex and specialized discipline, it can be helpful in managing pain, managing inflammation and managing the symptoms of these conditions,” NRTM spokesperson Laura Hickey said.”
A Trillumbsum School may be a first step towards better understanding and treatment of these diseases, and we are excited to be part of the program.