Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate a strong theoretical knowledge of the principles of pharmacognosy (the knowledge of medicinal plant preparations and extracts) and phytochemistry (literally, ‘plant’ chemistry) as they apply to botanical medicine. While providing a comprehensive examination of the details of plant constituents, this graduate course holistically incorporates a solid knowledge base from traditional Western herbal medicine with scientific information from contemporary chemistry, botany, and human physiology. Graduates will be expected to critically evaluate major categories and subcategories of herbal constituents in order to explain how molecules contribute to an herb’s observable actions. Graduates of this course will also be expected to critically evaluate and critique various concepts, approaches, methods and issues related to quality control, herbal potency, and principles of extraction, synergy, and variability as it applies to the botanical industry. Colorful 3-D molecular models, diagrams, and plant photographs help to bring the concepts to life for the visually-oriented learner. Students will be expected to employ concepts and theory to complete projects, practical experiments and labs, and to critically evaluate various concepts, approaches, methods, and issues in the field. Students will also formulate an experiment to prove a hypothesis of their design, analyze their results and present them in a format recognized by the science communities.
Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have:
- A strong theoretical understanding of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry, including the basic principles of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry that are applicable to botanical medicine, herbal product manufacture, and quality control; the role of polyvalent action; solubility and extraction in relationship to herbal product manufacturing; the meaning of phytochemical terms and structure drawings; as measured by objective examinations, essay examinations, peer reviewed projects, and application of principles to case studies and projects.
- A solid knowledge base of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry, with the capacity to distinguish, compare and contrast phytochemical elements and functional groups and their application to botanical medicine; principles of synergistic action between constituents and herbal formulas or combinations ; and categorize and compare compounds found in the most frequently used botanicals; as measured by objective examinations, essay examinations, peer reviewed projects, and application of principles to case studies and projects.
- The ability to critically evaluate and critique various concepts, approaches, methods and issues in the field of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry as it applies to CAM, particularly the relevance and application of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry to the efficacy and viability of medicinal plants, herbal product production, clinical practice, and educational programs and the ability to locate and critically assess basic and clinical scientific studies examining pharmacognosy and phytochemistry, as measured by essay examinations, peer reviewed projects, and application of principles to case studies and projects.
- The ability to differentiate, compare, and contrast relevant concepts of solubility, extraction media, concentration, standardization, analytical methods, and other knowledge important for the production and evaluation of high quality herbal extracts; and the types of compounds associated with specific actions (both therapeutic and potentially toxic) in commonly used herbs; as measured by essay examinations, and application of principles to projects and labs.
- The ability to propose a hypothesis, design a study, complete an experiment using the scientific method and compose the analysis in a format used by scientific research journals.
Note: MS in Herbal Medicine students are exempted from the CHEM 501 prerequisite for this CHEM 502 course.
Maximum Enrollment: 20 students
Required Materials (Course Pack)
The Required Materials cost (Course Pack)—including standard shipping within the United States—is $112. This includes:
- Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $100
The Required Publisher Textbook*:
- Henrich, M., Barnes, J., Gibbons, S., & Williamson, E. (2012). Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy (2nd ed.). London: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN# 9780702033889** $57.95
- Hanson, B. (2005). Understanding Medicinal Plants, Their Chemistry and Therapeutic Action. New York, NY: The Haworth Herbal Press. ISBN# 9780789015525 $67.95
Total Course Price: $1425 (3 credits x $475 per credit) + $112 Course Pack + $125.90 Textbook = $1652.90
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.
- Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
- All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
- Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates
- Bonus: Access to the ACHS Wellness Guide Online.