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Welcome to The Complementary Health Institute

An Online Learning Platform for Heath, Nutrition, Well-Being, Holistic Living, Herbal Medicine and Self Development Courses.


Welcome to CHI, an innovative online training platform for short courses about all aspects of Health, Herbs and Holistic Living.

If you want fresh knowledge about empowered living you’re in the right place. With the help of our courses you can acquire the wisdom to honour yourself and to encourage a self-governing state of joy, vitality, great health and wellbeing.

But it doesn’t stop there.


CHI’s growing resources of online courses makes learning fun and super easy. Better still, you can boost your wisdom at affordable prices.

We believe that knowledge is best served fresh and available to everyone, so that everyone has a chance to benefit from these powerful resources. And to get you started on your health journey (err… to sweeten the deal) we offer a range of free courses too.


Learning should be simple (+ fun). That’s why you can access each course from the comfort of your home. We know you’re busy, that’s why you can move through the lectures at your own pace. So take your time.

What students love the most about the CHI online study platform is that there are no tests or exams. At the completion of each course you will receive a certificate of completion from the CHI Institute.


I-accept-Bitcoin2Online learning comes with bulk benefits, such as:


  • EASE… learn in your own time and pace.
  • COMFORT… study at home.
  • CONTROL… you’re the boss, pick your study hours.
  • AFFORDABILITY… No need for timely and costly work commutes.
  • MORE FREEDOM… because you don’t require travel.
  • ADDITIONAL SKILLS… say hello to self empowerment and new possibilities.

How to enrol in a CHI course?

1. Press any of the course images to read more about that course.

2. Select a course to take, complete payment and we’ll give you immediate access to that course.

3. Proceed through the course in your own time (we give you all the time you need).

When you study with the CHI Online Institute you are taking a giant step forward into governing your own life. Take responsibility for your body, health, mind and spirit, for you and your family… and feel empowered about the life choices you make.


We aim to make these online courses educational, easy and enjoyable.


- Kola Nut
Botanical Name - Cola nitida
Family – Sterculiaceae
Other names – Kola, Cola, Guru Nut, Kola Nut, Bissy Nuts


Widely grown in West Africa with religious and cultural significance to the local peoples. Cola nuts are chewed for their stimulating effect.  Cola extract is used to flavour commercial drinks. 4 species with edible nuts have been identified in Nigeria and Cameeroon.


Native to W. Africa, this herb is cultivated extensively in the tropics. particularly Nigeria, Brazil, Sri Lanka. Indonesia and S. America. A medium sized tree from 40-60ft tall. Flowers are greenish-yellow or white and purple at the margins of the petals. Both male and female flowers are borne on the same inflorescence. Fruit is a follicle, about 20cm in length and contains one seed. Plant will grow in full sun or part shade, and is not frost tolerant. Thrives in wet, humid, tropical environments.

Parts Used – Seed kernel


Native to Sierra Leone, North Ashanti, and around the Niger delta. Cultivated in the West Indies, Brazil, and Java. Propagated by seeds usually, but is possible by cuttings.


Caffeine, with traces of theobromine Tannins and phenolics; d-catechin, l-epicatechin, kolatin, kolatein, kolanin and in the fresh nut, catechol and (-) epicatechol Miscellaneous; phlobaphene, an anthocyanin pigment known as kola red, betaine, protein, starch.


Central nervous stimulant
CNS Tonic


Stimulant to central nervous system, anti-depressive, astringent, diuretic. Kola has a marked stimulating effect on the human consciousness. It can be used wherever there is a need for direct stimulation, which is less often than is usually thought. Through regaining proper health and therefore right functioning, the nervous system does not need such help. In the short term it may be used in nervous debility, in states of atony and weakness. To sustain mental and physical exertions.

 It can act as a specific in nervous diarrhoea. It will aid in states of depression and may, in some people, give rise to euphoric states. In some varieties of migraine it can help greatly. Through the stimulation it will be a valuable part of the treatment for anorexia. It can be viewed as specific in cases of depression associated with weakness and debility. For chronic neuralgia convalescence, nervous debility,  Short term fatigue; mental and physical, nervous diarrhoea, migraine and anorexia


Decoction: Put l-2 teaspoonfuls of the powdered nuts in a cup of water, bring to boiling and simmer gently for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk when needed.
Tincture: Take l-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.

Combinations Adjunctive to Betonica off, Kola will go well with Oats, Damiana, and Skullcap Avena sativa, Turnera diffusa, Scutelaria lateriflora


Not to be used during pregnancy  C/I in hypertension and gastric and duodenal ulcers Not recommended for excessive or long term use


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