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— updated 2017-01-10

RMHInetwork and other RMHI-sponsored email discussion lists

RMHInetwork and rmhi_1 are private email discussion lists for RMHI certification-program participants, graduates, associates, and brainstorming network members.

Important or especially informative postings from RMHInetwork may be archived.

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Main topics for discussion may include

  • Clinical case studies
  • TCM clinical use of herbs (Chinese and non-Chinese)
  • Diet and nutrition, environmental health issues
  • TCM theory
  • Use of databases and software in clinical analysis and study
  • Other modalities: western medicine...
  • Medically-defined diseases
  • Clinical research
  • Phytochemistry/pharmacognosy
  • Ethnobotany
  • Health politics and law
  • Herbal and medical history

Purpose and membership

RMHInetwork is a private email discussion list created by the Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute to provide its students, graduates, staff, and invited guests a means to communicate with others who are versed in the philosophy, terminology, and practice of clinical TCM herbology. RMHInetwork and associated discussion groups provide a respectful and civilized environment for discussing professional topics that avoids the basic misunderstandings that often permeate public discussions.

TCM methodology provides useful insights into clinical research design, interpretation of phytochemical research, environmental health, epidemiology, and other health sciences. These latter topics are also fair subjects for commentary and discussion, as well as regulatory, political, and current events affecting TCM herbalists and health care in general.

For further information, please contact Roger Wicke, Ph.D., the moderator for these discussion lists.

Guidelines for list members

To participate in RMHInetwork and rmhi_1, members must abide by the following guidelines:

  1. Student homework. Although certification-course participants are encouraged to help each other with general questions about the course material and homework, answers to any privately assigned homework problems should remain the work of each participant. The independent effort that each makes toward completing homework is an important and integral part of the program.
  2. Respectful discussion. Honor the unique experiences and perspectives of other members as you would like them to honor yours. If you disagree with the views expressed in a posted message, state your reasons clearly, logically, and respectfully. RMHInetwork and rmhi_1 are private communications media, and administrators and moderators reserve the right to deny access at their sole discretion.
  3. Confidentiality and privacy. Postings and archives are intended to be for the use of course participants and group members; members, moderators, and administrators should adhere to this guideline. However, due to the inherent insecurities of the Internet, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, so exercise your own discretion. Please obtain written permission from your client before posting case information to the group. Never refer to a clinical case by the individual's name or other personal identifier.
    • Regarding personal case studies that you might wish to discuss: so as to protect the confidentiality of the client, you may submit case studies to the list moderator privately for anonymous reposting.
      The list moderator will then repost them with your name and email address removed, so that other list members will not know either your identity or that of your client. You must obtain the client's written consent before submitting a case study. Avoid using any personal identifiers such as client's name, date of birth, geographical location, or any government identifying numbers.
  4. Permission to quote material. If you wish to quote or reproduce postings by a member, for use outside this discussion list, you should ask the original poster for permission to use his or her material.
  5. Educational purposes only. RMHInetwork and rmhi_1 are intended for educational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment. By using these email discussion lists, you agree to assume full responsibility for verifying the appropriateness of any information before applying it to individual cases.
  6. RMHI not responsible for email messages posted by users. The Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute and discussion list moderators and administrators shall not be held responsible or liable for messages and content posted by users to an email discussion list; administrators do not control or edit such content. However, they reserve the right to remove postings from the archives if such postings are offensive or may violate copyright or trademark laws, if and when such violations are called to their attention.
  7. Advertising prohibited. While announcements and reviews of events, publications, etc. are welcome as part of the educational purpose of RMHI, advertising is prohibited. If you think your message may be perceived as advertising, submit it to the moderator for review before posting it.
  8. See also: Netiquette — guidelines for email and email discussion groups.

How the mailing list works

RMHInetwork and rmhi_1 are conventional email discussion lists in which each member may post messages that are sent to all group members simply by sending a message to the group email address.

Anonymous submissions: If you wish to anonymously submit a question about course material or other topic, you are welcome to send your question to the group moderator ("Contact Us") and include the phrase "anonymous -- for Level-1 group" at the top of your message to distinguish it from private matters. The moderator will post it to the group with your name removed. We encourage participation, and if you have a question, by all means ask it — others may learn from the answers and discussion.

RMHInetwork archives

To access the archives, please enter your assigned username (not your real name) and password when requested.

Enter Study Toolbox (see links to RMHInetwork Archives)

Archive guidelines

  • Message posts of special value to members and future members may be archived in the password-protected "Study Toolbox" area of the RMHI website: All members have been assigned a unique username and password to access this area; if you've forgotten or misplaced your access codes, please ask the moderator, Roger Wicke, to email them to you.