Academy of Holistic Healing Arts

Academy Testimonials

Clearcut, Inspirational & Anchored in Classics

Herbal medicine is undeniably a must in any clinical practice of Chinese medicine and the path to an acquisition of the basics of this immense ancient treasure of knowledge is normally a very arduous journey.

Marina Danilova's online course offers an introduction to a systemised approach to Chinese herbal medicine  which is at the same time directly applicable in your daily clinical practice. Her teaching is direct, clearcut, inspirational and firmly anchored in classical Chinese medical theory. You will come from this course with the ability to diagnose and treat many health issues, especially cases of chronic deficiency, using a relatively small number of herbs and I warmly recommend this program.

Louis Womack

LAc and Chinese Medical Herbalist

Head of Southern School for Chinese Medicine Sweden

Learnt a lot about Physiology, Herbs & Formulas, & Teaching

I have taken two courses with Marina Danilova.  I took her Chinese Herbal Medicine course and then eagerly signed up for the follow-up course on case studies. Marina’s style is organized, direct and clear.  She is able to take complex theory and express the essence of it in an accessible way.  Each class clearly built on the one before, giving students the tools to work effectively with the theory.  All along, the teachings came alive through actual case studies, ours and hers.  I learned a lot in her classes about physiology, herbs and formulas, but also about teaching.  

I highly recommend her as a teacher for beginners and seasoned practitioners.

Sharon Weizenbaum

Founder & Director

White Pine Healing Arts

United States

Excellent Way to Introduce Herbs into Practice with Clarity and Confidence

I highly recommend Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner course.  Marina has put together a programme which uses a systemised approach firmly rooted in classical Chinese medicine theory. It has enabled me to design and modify very safe and effective herbal formulas with clarity and confidence and has been an excellent way to introduce herbs into my practice.

Marina’s style of teaching is clear, precise and authentic; the online lectures are excellent and the live classes provide ample opportunity for discussion and clarification. The pace of the course is just right and allows time to reflect and explore some of the deeper concepts.

Christine Hutchinson

Chinese Medicine Practitioner

United Kingdom

Brilliant, Encouraging & Insightful 

“This course was such a gift. In all my studies, I am always seeking to understand the root. I wasn’t sure how to accomplish that with herbs. This course not only gave me that insight but the knowledge transfers beautifully into the acupuncture side of what I have learned as well.

Marina's perspective is brilliant. Her heart was the greatest gift in this teaching. I feel encouraged and confident to continue on in my practice.

Thank you very much.

I really loved the course. It was one of the best educational investments I have made.

Terri Abel 

Registered Acupuncturist


Excellent, Authentic, Stimulating & Challenging

I happily and highly recommend Marina’s certification course on Chinese Herbal Medicine. It is clear throughout that she has put a tremendous amount of thought and care into the programme and the material is both stimulating and challenging, but not overwhelming. Her teaching is clear, precise, authentic, caring and heartfelt. This is an excellent course!

Tom Watson

Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts Practitioner

United Kingdom

Outstanding, Deep,

yet Easy to Understand

I can highly recommend Marina's Chinese Herbal Medicine course. The circular physiology can be applied to all aspects of life and it has given me a profound understanding of physiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment methods with Chinese Herbs.  Marina's teaching is outstanding.  She shares a deep knowledge of the heart of Chinese Medicine in a warm, elegant and easy to understand way.

Sandee Lippiatt

Chinese Medicine Practitioner


Start Out in Herbalism & Deepen Knowledge of Chinese Medicine

"Practitioners with a TCM background might be put off by the relatively short duration of a herbal course, but Marina has successfully put together a programme in which practitioners can learn a very safe and effective method of using herbs. Her teaching style is clear and concise, yet students have time to learn the deeper concepts involved. I highly recommend the course for anyone wanting to start out in herbalism or wanting to deepen their knowledge of Chinese Medicine beyond the usual TCM understanding."

Melvin Timm

Chinese Medicine Practitioner

United Kingdom

Strong Foundations &

Great Support

I greatly appreciated Marina’s Chinese herbal medicine certification programme, both from a practical and a theoretical perspective. The content is clearly developed to strengthen the student’s grasp on the foundations of classical Chinese medicine. During the live classes and going through cases deepened my understanding of the six conformations, the assessment and diagnosis of patients in a way that is logical and comprehensive. In addition, Marina puts great emphasis on going through questions and unclear areas in a very thorough way. In short, this programme exceeded my expectations.

Gino Sablic

Chinese Medicine Practitioner


Clear, Effective, Practical & Revolutionary

"Marina Danilova is obviously onto the core, the inner being, the very heart of ancient wisdom known as Chinese Medicine. And not only is she a great Practitioner, she is also a great Teacher! With clarity, accuracy and elegance she is able to compress thousands of years of knowledge into one little red pill. And, offering it to you, she also gives you a few very effective and precise tools to handle it. Marina’s teaching makes you see truth, think for yourself, stand on your feet and continuously develop a medicine that truly makes a difference.

After seven years in a Hunyuan clinic as an assistant, I am totally impressed of how easy Marina manages to sum up everything I saw and heard over the years into a few classes. And I am grateful that I now feel more ready than ever to take action as a practitioner.

Marina’s teaching is hands on, practical and revolutionary. With a steady hand and as a reliable friend she guides you through what you need to know to get even further. I strongly recommend her teachings!" 

Rebecca Löfstrand Johansson

Chinese Medicine Practitioner


Refreshing, Inspiring & Enlightening

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It helped me anchor my thinking, giving me a deeper understanding of the principles of physiology  and how to apply those principles in practice. As I came to understand the principle of the six conformations, it soon became ‘my’ way of thinking. Things which had puzzled me for a long time started to make sense. The system is logical and although on the surface seems simple, it soon becomes apparent there is great depth in the meaning behind it. 

The course is presented methodically, step by step. The pace of learning and the amount of material presented was perfect for me. The initial focus is on understanding the principle, then on using it to make a diagnosis. The herbs then seem to fit effortlessly into the pattern, whereby you can construct your formula with an enhanced understanding, rather than just acceptance, of why the herbs do what they do!

Marina is an enthusiastic and supportive teacher who is willing to share her knowledge and experience, gently guiding you through the learning process. Once you grasp the foundations, the  practice becomes fascinating and engaging as well as challenging. Marina is readily available to answer questions throughout the course and beyond, so students need never feel isolated as they find their way in practice. I thoroughly recommend Marina’s teaching and feel inspired to continue with further study.

Fiona McQueen

Chinese Medicine Practitioner

United Kingdom

Clinically Valuable & Deep

I really enjoyed Marina’s teaching. Especially the concept of circular physiology as an easily accessible way to work with a profound understanding of yin and yang, and life as a function of yin and yang. The herbal application to this is beautiful. Taking this course has added valuable and deep understanding to my daily work in clinic.

Sylvia Agorander

Dipl. Homiatriker, Holistic Care Naturmedicin


Impressive &

Good Return on Investment

"I am hugely impressed of how much I learned during this course. From no pre-knowledge to feeling equipped to treat patients with Chinese herbs.

Marina's way of building the course is easy to follow and supports both the foundations with true understanding of the theory and also the hands-on practice. Material, time, structure - everything gets the highest marks.

Even though it is an online course, you can really feel how skilled and warm-hearted Marina is, which made me feel safe as a participant to ask questions and share my thoughts.

Good return on investment, both in terms of money and time!

Jennie Nilsson

Dr of Naprapathy and TCM student


Found the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

"Very grateful for Marina's Chinese herbal medicine course. The content is very well laid out. Marina has a fantastic pedagogical way of teaching. It is clear that she has great respect for the knowledge she received from her teacher and that it is a great honour for her to pass it on. She teaches with humility and has the ability to explain with simplicity even though the subject is very deep and advanced.

Looking forward to taking more courses at Academy of Holistic Healing Arts, as I feel that I have found the missing piece of the puzzle I have needed in my practice and to help in the best way.

Marina is a great inspirer and you are captivated by her good heart and light.

My warmest recommendations."

Rose-Marie Lilja

Dipl. Acupuncturist / Chinese Medicine Practitioner


Provides a New Approach

“I have thoroughly enjoyed Marina's course and teaching style. It has provided a new approach to assessing patients and prescribing herbs.

Thank you so much.

Anna Krypczyk


Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

United Kingdom