- Herb 302 is the first of a series of herbal Materia Medica courses, studying each botanical in depth, including its therapeutic actions, active constituents, methods of administration, cautions and contraindications, and current research. Botanicals include a selection from the following therapeutic groups: Alterative, demulcent, cathartic, anthelmintic, astringent, and diuretic herbs.
This course is designed to help students achieve the following goals. At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the major active constituents and their therapeutic actions of the herbs studied.
- Describe appropriate cautions and contraindications for the herbs studied, including potential herb/drug interactions.
- Describe historical uses of the herbs studied.
- Find and discuss current research on therapeutic uses of the herbs studied.
- Describe and prepare appropriate preparations for each of the herbs studied.
- Apply general techniques for plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, field identification, and safety procedures.
- Optional: Grow, gather, and store herbs for therapeutic use.
Maximum Enrollment: 30 students
Required Materials (Course Pack)
The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping within the United States—$377.62. This includes:
- ACHS eTextbook: Petersen, D. (2015). HERB 302: Herbal Materia Medica I.
Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. - $100
(Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $79)
- Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $99
- Access to the Wonderful Weeds Online Video
- Herb 302 Herb Kit a selection of 25 organic herbs in 1-oz quantities. - $141.29
- ACHS Double-Walled Glass Tea Tumbler - $7.33
The Required Publisher Textbooks*:
- Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press. ISBN# 9780892817498** $60.00 (You should already have this text from Herb 201.)
- Mulls, S. & Bone, K. (2013). Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. ISBN# 9780443069925** $129.95
- Weise, R., Fintelmann, V., & Weiss, R.F. (2000). Herbal Medicine (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Thieme. ISBN# 9780865779709 $79.99
Total Course Price: $975 (3 credits x $325 per credit) + $377.62 Course Pack + $209.94 Textbooks = $1562.56
Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.
* You may always elect to buy or rent your textbooks/ebooks new or used. However, when choosing to purchase college textbooks and supplementary materials outside the College store, please use caution to ensure you purchase the correct version of required materials.
** This textbook is also available as a Kindle eBook from amazon.com.
- Interactive instructor-led ACHS online classroom.
- Online lectures updated with the latest information and applicable research.
- Regular tests designed to enhance your understanding as well as assess your learning to date.
- Ongoing, instructor-led and peer-to-peer discussions for each module to enhance your learning and connect you with your fellow students, all of whom are adult learners from varying walks of life, enriching your learning experience. Add to discussions 24/7, giving you flexibility to work in with your busy lifestyle.
- Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.
Optional Recommended Reading
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Last updated 06/10/16