Roots + Shoots: An Alchemist Guide to Chinese Herbs by Dana Leigh Lyons

Roots + Shoots: An Alchemist Guide to Chinese Herbs

Hi, I'm Dana, and I built Roots + Shoots to help people like you...

  • Learn (and remember!) Chinese herbs
  • Review when you're feeling rusty
  • Ace Chinese Medicine courses
  • Prep for board exams
  • Earn 18 NCCAOM-approved PDA points or CTCMA CEU hours

If you want to...

  • Learn, review (and remember!) Chinese herbs like a Boss
  • Take the stress out of tests + exams 
  • Impress teachers, classmates + loved ones with your mad herb wiz-dom
  • Rack up a whack of useful + playful PDA points or CEU hours
...then this course is for you!

This 20-module program includes:

  • Audio lessons covering hundreds of herbs in 19 categories
  • Written Cheat Sheets + audio reviews of What You Need To Know (plus keener tips + dad jokes)
  • A Big Ass Herb Chart (plus other helpful handouts + tools)
  • Practice quizzes + exams designed by a real live instructor who passed Chinese Medicine herb boards in both Canada + the United States (uh, that'd be me)

Stop stressing about herbs!

Sign up above! (Prices in USD)

What students are saying

I am a second year DTCM student who has just written the Chinese Herbology final. Going into herbs can seem overwhelming at the best of times. With this course I was able to organize my thinking and create logical sub groups for the herbs. The Roots + Shoots cheat sheets help give each herb a "personality," which helps so much in terms or retention.  Also, the tests are a great way to challenge your understanding and help you understand what is important about each individual herb. Looking back, I am glad I had this course to reference whenever anything became overwhelming. Thank you Dana!
Fallon D.
I'm loving this already Dana! Your voice is so calming – it softens the panic I feel about needing to "know it all." The audios are perfect for me because I drive a lot and find listening while driving the easiest way to learn! This came at a good time because I've been thinking of you and have wanted to reach out! I'm so grateful that we had you as our herb teacher. Your passion made each herb so enjoyable and the extra little notes helped me so much in my learning! I'm sure that you will continue to teach, inspire and heal many people throughout your career. What great work!
Krysta L.
I am currently working through the Roots + Shoots course and just wanted to say thank you. I am really enjoying it and feel very grateful to have the resource. I am studying acupuncture at ---, and we only get a short herb course. I really want to know my herbs and to be able to practice with them. Your course is the best thing I have found to guide me in that direction. Once I am finished this course I absolutely will be doing the formulas one. Mostly just wanted to reach out and say thank you!
Kirsten M.
I am more than happy to recommend this because I know how much work you put into it and how thorough you are! Worth every penny and more! Can't wait until you have your formulas course available too! I always felt so lucky to learn from you. You are such a great teacher, and I’m so glad to continue that learning now through your online work. Thank you! 
Becca S.
I so, so need the extra review because I'm already doing it on my own and could use more organization. What a package – literally a student's dream! Also recognizing that what you put together is an insane amount of work. Thank you for the accessibility!
Jade O.
Thank you for putting this together!! You're an incredible teacher, and I'm so happy I still get to learn from you.
Erica N.
Dana Leigh Lyons creates some of the most coherent and easy to use online content I have ever had the pleasure to learn from.
Dr. Michael Smith

FAQs

I'm already learning herbs as part of a Chinese Medicine program. Won't this be repetitive or redundant?

Yes! Much of the information will be repetitive. Trust: that's a good thing. The more you go through the hundreds of herbs in various formats and from different perspectives, the more you'll retain and the deeper your knowledge will be. Plus, I include lots of fun stuff + keener material that I for sure didn't get as an intro herbs student!

I would have LOVED to have had this self-guided course + study tool as a student – both while taking in-person courses (herbs as well as later formulas + therapeutics courses, for review)...and while in student clinic.

I'm prepping for boards. Will this course help me pass?

Yes! If you are prepping for boards that encompass Chinese herbs, Roots + Shoots is a smart addition to your study plan. I would have LOVED to have had it while prepping for boards in Canada and the United States. The herbs covered in this course include all those testable by CTCMA in British Columbia and NCCAOM in the United States when I wrote (and passed) those exams.

That said, you'll want to check with your examining board for up-to-date testable material. You'll likewise want to study your country or province's relevant laws, safety + ethics codes, scope of practice, safety manual, etc. You may also want to consider the Brews + Potions formulas course and/or Alchemist Masterclass sessions, which can be tailored towards board prep in herbology or other areas.

I'm a licensed practitioner. How many PDA/CEUs will this get me?

This course has been approved for 18 PDA points with NCCAOM in the United States. To earn those points, you'll need to complete and submit the course worksheet and final quiz. If you are in British Columbia, Canada, you can also apply this course for 18 CEUs with CTCMA (but do not have to submit the worksheet or quiz). If you are elsewhere, please check with your licensing body to see whether you can earn continuing ed credit through the course.

I don't have Chinese Medicine experience. Can I still take the course?

This course was designed for students and practitioners familiar with Chinese Medicine fundamentals. Typically, herbology is a 2nd-year course in Chinese Medicine programs. Indeed, Roots + Shoots includes the curriculum I taught as a college instructor.

That said, you're still welcome to join! I'm all for self-guided learning, and you can of course move through the material at your own pace. I’m also happy to steer you towards resources focused on the basics of Chinese Medicine, prepping you for studying herbs.

Another option is to take the course alongside an Alchemist Masterclass. That’ll get you up to speed and make sure it all makes sense. Also, poke around for eating + lifestyle kits and ebooks suitable for anyone (no Chinese Medicine knowledge required).

I'm a new practitioner. Is this course for me?

Yes! I would have loved to have had this course while starting practice on my own, as a new practitioner. It supports the sort of continuous review that makes for a master (plus does so in a way that's fun + easy, since you can download the audio files and listen to them on the go, etc.).

You may also want to consider Pivoting Your Practice sessions. These are great if you want to: 

  • Feel more confident in your clinical wizardry
  • Develop your own practitioner brand + style 
  • Have fun growing your skills + business
  • Chat about tricky cases + leave with a solid plan
  • Receive experience-based feedback + creative solutions

I'm an experienced practitioner. Is this course for me?

Yes! I don't know about you, but I find ongoing study + review essential (not to mention fun!). With each pass through the material, I discover something new, retain more information, and gain valuable insights applicable in clinic. Plus, you can earn PDAs/CEUs!

I'm in! Where do I sign up?

Click the button up top, righthand corner! After purchase, you'll have access to all the course content. You can also expect a personal Welcome email within 24 hours (often much sooner:).

Approved for 18 PDA points with NCCAOM

You can also earn 18 CEU hours with CTCMA in British Columbia, Canada.

What's included?

Welcome, Wizards!
***READ THIS FIRST***
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R+S Welcome Message
13 mins
Earn as You Learn: Alchemist Affiliate
Disclaimer + CYA Policy
Introduction to Chinese Herbology
Introduction to Chinese Herbology
57 mins
Intro Notes
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Course Resource List
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Big Ass Herb Chart (Pages)
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Big Ass Herb Chart (Word)
181 KB
Big Ass Herb Chart (PDF)
330 KB
Introduction to Chinese Herbology: Quiz
Herbs that Release the Exterior
Audio 1 - Introduction
8 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
59 mins
Audio 3 - Quick + Dirty
39 mins
Intro Notes
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Pungent, Warm Herbs that Release the Exterior
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Pungent, Cool Herbs that Release the Exterior
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Herbs that Release the Exterior: Quiz
Herbs that Clear Heat
Audio 1 - Introduction
8 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
(1h 21m 30s)
Audio 3 - Quick + Dirty
(1h 21m 36s)
Intro Notes
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Clear Heat, Drain Fire
118 KB
R+S Cheat Sheet: Clear Heat, Dry Dampness
107 KB
R+S Cheat Sheet: Clear Heat, Cool Blood
109 KB
R+S Cheat Sheet: Clear Heat, Resolve Toxins
161 KB
R+S Cheat Sheet: Herbs that Clear Deficiency Heat
112 KB
Herbs that Clear Heat: Quiz
Herbs that Drain Downward
Audio 1 - Introduction
6 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
25 mins
Audio 3 - Quick + Dirty
29 mins
Intro Notes
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Purgatives
111 KB
R+S Cheat Sheet: Moist Laxatives
82.6 KB
R+S Cheat Sheet: Harsh Expellants
97.3 KB
Herbs that Drain Downward: Quiz
Herbs that Regulate Water
Audio 1 - Introduction
4 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
37 mins
Audio 3 - Quick + Dirty
45 mins
Intro Notes
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Promote Urination, Reduce Edema
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Promote Urination, Treat Lin
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Drain Damp, Treat Jaundice
93 KB
Herbs that Regulate Water: Quiz
Herbs that Expel Wind-Damp
Audio 1 - Introduction
5 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
21 mins
Audio 3 - Quick + Dirty
26 mins
Intro Notes
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Expel Wind-Cold-Damp
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Expel Wind-Damp-Heat
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Expel Wind-Damp, Strengthen Tendons + Bones
100 KB
Herbs that Expel Wind-Damp: Quiz
Aromatic Herbs that Transform Dampness
Audio 1 - Introduction
4 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
14 mins
Intro Notes
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Aromatic Herbs that Transform Dampness: Quiz
Herbs that Warm the Interior
Audio 1 - Introduction
7 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
21 mins
Intro Notes
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Warm the Interior
132 KB
Herbs that Warm the Interior: Quiz
***MIDTERM EXAM*** (practice test only - NOT required for NCCAOM PDA points)
Herbs that Regulate Qi
Audio 1 - Introduction
4 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
29 mins
Intro Notes
67 KB
Herbs that Regulate Qi: Quiz
Herbs that Promote Digestion
Audio 1 - Introduction
5 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
17 mins
Audio 3 - Quick + Dirty
13 mins
Intro Notes
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R+S Cheat Sheet: Promote Digestion
102 KB
Herbs that Promote Digestion: Quiz
Herbs that Eliminate Parasites
Audio 1 - Introduction
6 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
12 mins
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Eliminate Parasites: Quiz
Herbs that Stop Bleeding
Audio 1 - Introduction
7 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
32 mins
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Stop Bleeding: Quiz
Herbs that Invigorate Blood + Remove Blood Stasis
Audio 1 - Introduction
5 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
51 mins
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Invigorate Blood + Remove Blood Stasis: Quiz
Herbs that Relieve Cough + Wheezing + Transform Phlegm
Audio 1 - Introduction
7 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
49 mins
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Relieve Cough + Wheezing + Transform Phlegm: Quiz
Herbs that Calm the Spirit
Audio 1 - Introduction
7 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
14 mins
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Calm the Spirit: Quiz
Herbs that Calm the Liver + Extinguish Internal Wind
Audio 1 - Introduction
4 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
30 mins
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Calm the Liver + Extinguish Internal Wind: Quiz
Herbs that Open the Orifices
Audio 1 - Introduction
4 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
6 mins
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Open the Orifices: Quiz
Herbs that Tonify
Audio 1 - Introduction
6 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
(1h 59m 06s)
Intro Notes
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Herbs that Tonify: Quiz
Herbs that Astringe
Audio 1 - Introduction
3 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
32 mins
Intro Notes
61 KB
Herbs that Astringe: Quiz
Herbs for External Use + Others
Audio 1 - Introduction
2 mins
Audio 2 - All. The. Herbs.
18 mins
Intro Notes
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***FINAL EXAM*** (practice test only - NOT required for NCCAOM PDA points)
End-of-Course Worksheet + Quiz (required to receive NCCAOM PDA points)
HOW TO GET PDA POINTS
Roots + Shoots PDA Worksheet
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Roots + Shoots PDA Quiz
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Roots + Shoots Course Evaluation
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