HERB 503

Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II Online
Instructor
Department
Herbal Medicine
Credits
3

 

HERB 503 continues the study of herbal materia medica with diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, antispasmodic, tonic, stimulant, antiseptic, stomachic, and hepatic herbs.

Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate an advanced knowledge base of the materia medica, principles of various concepts in botanical studies including acquiring a strong theoretical understanding of the efficacy based on current research papers of selected botanicals such as diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, nervine, and antispasmodic.

Graduates of this course will be expected to demonstrate a sound knowledge base of specific therapeutic groups of herbs and to appraise and relate the botanicals to each physiological system of the human body. Students of this course will also be expected to locate, review, and critically evaluate primary research in order to appraise the efficacy of the therapeutic action, active constituents, and methods of administration for each botanical, contraindications and drug-herb interactions for each botanical, and regulatory status for each, and effectiveness for CAM protocols. 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 in relation to botanical studies. 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.

Learning Outcomes

Analyze various historical influences upon the use of the botanicals studied, the impact of the botanical on allopathy and vice versa, the current regulatory status of the botanical in the United States, Canada, UK and Australia, and contemporary developments in use of the botanical.
Recall the family, Latin name and parts used, active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions and applications of the herbs studied.
Distinguish, compare, and contrast the botanicals studied in terms of their constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions, applications, research-based use, dosage, duration, safety issues, and other relevant concepts.
Evaluate indications based on constituents, contraindications, precautions, potential adverse effects and toxicology.
Evaluate indications based on constituents with specific emphasis on life cycles such as pregnancy, children, and elderly, as well as referral strategies.
Explain the relevant phytochemistry of the botanicals studied, with the capacity to distinguish, compare and contrast the types of mechanisms of action (active constituents, therapeutic pharmacological actions, and applications).
Make herbal preparations by hand from the botanicals studied, and critically evaluate various issues regarding selection of botanicals, preparations, dosages, and frequency of dosing with respect to their application to specific cases.
Critically evaluate and describe potential herb/drug and herb/supplement interactions for the botanicals studied based on current research and constituents.
Critically evaluate and critique various concepts, approaches, methods, and issues in the field of herbal medicine.
Critically assess basic and clinical scientific studies examining botanical medicine.
Locate and evaluate botanical information and plant identification sites on the Internet, including general techniques for plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, harvesting status (i.e., the UPS endangered list) and field identification, and to apply these to plants studied in the student's environment.
Understand the theoretical knowledge of the steps required to function as an herbalist under the Health Freedom Acts of California or Minnesota, including credentialing for Master Herbalists and educational training requirements (hours/credits) for professional memberships in organizations like the American Herbalists Guild.

 

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping within the United States—is $417.75. This includes:

  • ACHS eTextbook: Petersen, D. (2017). HERB 503: Advanced Herbal Materia Medica II (17th Generation). Portland, OR: American College of Healthcare Sciences. - $110
    (Optional: Printed copy available for an additional $111)
  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $115
  • HERB 503 Herb Kit (includes 25, 1-ounce herbs for practical lab work)

Get the most up to date information about required textbooks for this class, including ISBN, edition and price, by visiting our Required Textbooks page

Total Course Price: $1515 (3 credits x $505 per credit) + $417.75 Course Pack = $1932.75

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.

Optional Recommended Reading

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Last updated 7/22/18

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