Testimonials over the past 25 Years ~
Wow, I can't believe a year has gone by already. I
want to thank you for helping "awaken" a new understanding
of TCM: HERBS~ From a technical perspective, you are an
excellent teacher and communicate the essential information
needed to understand a very complex subject. Even more
important, spiritually you are a gifted healer whose
enthusiasm is inspiring. I look forward to seeing you again
in future classes.
D. M. of Suffield, CT ~ DC, Dipl Acp.
Looking around the room and seeing some of your students
that were selected to participate at this West Hartford
Event, must have made you proud - YOU have made Chinese
Medicine a real force in Connecticut. So many of your
students have become successful and happy -you helped make
that a reality. We are a living testament that a person can
follow their passion and make a living out of it. Your
classes and China trips are what have provided the ability
to do that!"
M.K. Danielson, CT
I can't tell you how much you and TCM has changed my life! I
will be forever grateful. Please don't ever change.
S.W. Providence, RI
Thanks so much for imparting this life changing knowledge to
us. Already, through your guidance, I have helped many
family members & friends. Thank you and I am sad to see our
class come to an end. I will certainly be attending future
R.N. East Hartford, CT
So Great to be a part of your class! I learned so much and
am looking forward to my new journey in wellness. Thanks for
being my first step!
E.D. Greenwich, CT
Thank you so much for your amazing, eye opening class. We
learned how to help ourselves and the people around us!
O.K. Glastonbury, CT
Thanks for sharing your extensive knowledge of Chinese Herbs
and diagnosis with us, The friendships we have created here
will last a lifetime.
N.C. Wethersfield, CT
You’ll never know how much I appreciate all you have taught
me. Really opened my eyes to another way of seeing illness.
I know there are lots of expensive 4 year programs that
incorporate TCM, but your concentrated program does in one
year what others take a few years to teach, and you do it in
a way that is very easy to digest.
Bedford, New York
You are my vessel of knowledge
with health questions. Thank you for embarking me in
this life journey, and for sharing your wisdom which can
offer a much safer way to stay healthy. You will always
hold a special place in my heart & I will never forget
this experience. Blessings, D.D.
Laura Mignosa, Nationally Certified Chinese
Herbologist, Director of the Connecticut
Institute for Herbal Studies since 1992.
2020 Class & Program
Thank you for your
(All Classes are
limited to 7 people)
My private practice
is maintained at the
I successfully treat all types of
esp. those that Western
medicine offers little help for,
as chronic conditions.
Please call for an
Appointment of Care at 860-826-2705.
will support your needs for improved quality
of life and seek to find
the root causes
of your disharmony.
12, 19, 26
Afternoons) Chinese Herb Series ~
1:00 PM -
(Come see if this modality speaks to you!)
These classes have been designed to show you the
benefits of many Tonic remedies that have been
used for thousands of years to keep us well. It
will help you formulate an understanding of
Chinese Medicine which is offered in September
Hand outs provided.
July 12: Introduction to Chinese Herbal Therapy
This class is designed to teach individuals how
Chinese herbs work, the differences between
“Superior” and “Inferior” herbs, Formulas Making
theory, basic Chinese Medicine Theory as well as
covering some commonly used herbs.
July 19: Chinese Herbs to Maintain and Regain
Learn many herbs used by the Chinese for
Centuries to balance the body. Specific organ
disharmonies and herbal Tonics (herbs that keep
you well) will be discussed as well as
preventative health teas for season changes.
July26: Chinese Herbs to Calm the Spirit
For thousands of years the Chinese have
understood that you cannot separate the “Spirit
or the Shen” from the body. When disharmonies of
the Spirit happen, then physical signs and
symptoms are exhibited. Anxiety, depression,
panic attacks, insomnia or even the inability to
focus can be symptoms of an “energetic” heart
disturbance. The class will cover basic theory
as well as herbs and formulas often used in
Chinese medicine to help with the disharmonies
of the “Heart”.
August 8, 9 and 22, 23:
(Two Saturday & Sundays)
Time: 9:30 - 4:30 PM Cost: $589.00
Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory & Terminology Intensive
(May be a Stand Alone Class)
for Certified Chinese Herbology Program
This is a powerful course for anyone interested in the
Differential Diagnosis of Traditional Chinese Medicine and
it's uses today. Aroma therapists, Body workers, Massage
therapists, and other wellness practitioners benefit from
incorporating this holistic perspective of the human
Through recognition of
patterns, TCM describes disharmonies without diagnosing
disease. By studying this material, patients of TCM
practitioners can increase their understanding of the
perspective of Chinese medicine, and participate more fully
in their treatment.
This course also serves as the
foundation on which our Chinese Herbology Intensive is built
upon. All our courses are taught with an emphasis on
clinical diagnosis as practiced in China today.
Course Objective: Among the distinctive
perspectives of Traditional Chinese Medicine is
the Eight Principle Theory. The Eight Principle
Theory is the foundation for differential
diagnosis. This course offers a student the
opportunity to learn about the terminology
and diagnostic skills needed for accurately
recognizing the clinical signs and symptoms of
each pattern of disharmonies.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbology
The objective of THIS course is to further
teach the fundamentals of Chinese
Medicine as well as the diagnostic
principles for the therapeutic use of over
150 herbs and more than 35 Chinese herbal
formulas. Case studies, review of
organ disharmonies, and clinical observation
will be included. Learn the preparation of
herbal tonics and teas, Tongue and
Pulse diagnosis. Herbal
identification, their tastes, formula
structure, contraindications, as well as the
acquisition of professional Chinese Herbal
Formulas will be addressed. Exceptional
handouts provided. Independent study is
needed to complete Certificates of
Time: 9:30 - 4:00 PM
September 19, 20: Spleen Disharmonies: Herbs and formulas for
digestive disorders. The Western Medical
Patterns of wet phlegm, acid reflux,
diuretic issues, food stagnation, diarrhea,
constipation, abdominal pain and discomfort,
as well as other middle burner issues will
be addressed. We will learn how to translate
Western Medicine diagnosis’ into TCM
October 17, 18: Liver Disharmonies: Formulas and herbs for the Chinese Differential
Patterns of the Liver will include
information on stagnations of the body such
as cysts, PMS, some GYN concerns, high blood
pressure, migraines & emotional stagnation
effecting digestion and pain.
Disharmonies & Herbal Tonics: An overview of
Kidney issues as they relate to the
reproduction organs and all organs in
general. Formulas that treat the Western
diagnosis of yeast and urinary tract
infections and the Immune System as seen in
TCM will also
12, 13: Lung
Disharmonies: Herbs and formulas to treat
the Western diagnosis of sinus infections,
flus, colds, virus’, coughs, allergies,
asthma and more will be covered.
Formulas to keep us well will be addressed
since this is the season for Flus.
January 9, 10
Disharmonies: Herbs and formulas to calm the
Spirit and Heart will be covered. Recent
information obtained from clinical
experience in Beijing Hospitals will be
presented as well. Emotional (Shen)
conditions such as depression, anxiety,
phobias, fears, manic depression are all
part of a Heart disharmony in TCM.
20, 21: Clinical
Diagnosis & Observation: Students will
identify disharmonies of guests by using
observation, Interview and Tongue & Pulse
indications that help students to arrive at
a TCM Differential Diagnosis. Each student
will provide Differential Pattern of
Identification, make a treatment strategy
and provide an appropriate herbal formula
that will encourage health of the
individual, under supervision. Students will
present their case to the class to further
enrich the understanding of this 4000-yr-old
system of wellness.
20, 21: Bi-Syndrome
(Pain): This weekend shows the various types
of pain as seen in TCM. Trauma, Acute,
Chronic, Fluctuating pain will covered in
this class with differential diagnoses’ and
treatment strategies used for all types of
additional external applications for pain
will be presented and discussed.
that are rescheduled due to weather will be
added at the end of our program.
Students will decide when a weekend will
work for everyone at next scheduled class.
“It should be noted that at this time, no
state has authorized separate licensing for
practicing herbologists. In many states,
only acupuncturists or Naturopaths can
legally prescribe herbs using a western
diagnosis. However... that does not
prevent an herbalist from suggesting
formulas in accordance with Chinese Medical
Theory. It is not using or suggesting
herbs that is at issue...but diagnosing a
Western-named disease without having a
medical license. There are thousands of
herbalists in America and Europe. In
the West, Herbologists have been accepted as
healers for hundreds of years. In China,
Herbalists have been mainstays of the
medical healing arts for thousands of
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LAURA MIGNOSA, NCCH is
a Nationally Certified Chinese
Herbologist both Western and China trained.
I am the founding director of CIHS since
1992 and have traveled yearly to China for
study and to expose my students to the
culture and clinical training of Beijing
Hospitals for 19 years.
I was the co-investigator on a clinical
trial at UConn Medical Center to evaluate
the effectiveness of Chinese herbs for
menopausal symptoms and breast cancer in
I also pride myself on being the founding
Vice-President of the CT Herb Association &
Educational Chair of the Greater
Hartford Holistic Health Association.
Connecticut Institute for Herbal Studies
912 Corbin Avenue
New Britain, CT
or email: Laurachina@aol.com
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