BOTANICAL HEALING: An introduction to herbal medicine
Botanical healing is a great insight into the healing power of plants, it focuses on safe and readily accessible herbs and plants to bring together a practical look at the compounds in plants and how these give rise to plant health benefits. You will review history, regulation, body systems, a wee bit of chemistry around the major constituents in plants so you can recognise their potential effect, as well as production methods and a materia medica of the major herbal remedies. You'll have the option to take an untimed quiz or create a lovely blended tea as your assessment task.
Note: this course is seated in herbalism and won't cover the use of plant compounds as ingredients in foods such as smoothies. This unit does not enable students to practice in the area of herbal medicine as this is three year Bachelor of Health Science degree, it will enable you to better use plants in daily life to use their health-giving benefits to the fullest.
COURSE DURATION, PRICING & DELIVERY
Flexible online learning 24 hour access
$350 AUD enrolment fee
20 hours of study
Online, untimed quiz for stress-free, enhanced learning
Study at your own pace
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Brief history of the evolution of herbal medicine and western herbal medicine
World guidelines around herbal medicines and trends of use of plant medicines
Regulation and safe practice
The principles of herbalism and natural healing
Review of the literature and science
An introduction into elementary plant botany including understanding seeds, grains and cereals
Environmental considerations, green growing practices and permaculture
Review of human body systems - Digestive, circulatory and respiratory, endocrine, immune, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, skeletal and urinary
Understanding inflammation and the immune response
The gut and health
Brief review of the major herbal therapeutic categories from adaptogens to nervines and more
Review of plant chemistry, looking at alkaloids, bitters, coumarin, flavonoids, mucilage, tannins and more
A short chemistry review, nothing too scary
The latest scientific evidence on how plants are being used in medicine
Introduction to plant monographs - review of evidence of notable plants with an effect on/of antibacterial, blood sugar, cancer, longevity, cognitive function, physical performance, pregnancy and lactation, stress and mood
Plant monographs - a selection of 23 notable plant remedies, their actions, constituents, major actions and uses, and application, from basal to turmeric
Production considerations and methods - equipment, drying, storage, quality control issues, infusions, decoctions, syrups , tinctures and the like will be explored
External preparations including creams, steam baths and rubs, oils, washes, poultices
Safe incorporation of herbal remedies into your lifestyle - Ayurvedic options, use of honey, and recipes
The content is focused on herbs and spices and doesn't cover plant foods, this area is explored in our Super Nutrition unit. The subject covers around 50 plant remedies in total throughout, this is a mere snippet of the numbers of herbs at our disposal; the focus is on plants that are relatively easy to access, or grow, and ones considered to have a reasonably high degree of safety.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students shall by the end of the course be competent in:
Define the terms ‘herb’ incorporating aspect of the WHO definition
Explain the level of safety and two considerations in using herbal medicines to ensure safety
Define the basic premises of health care
Describe the relevance of the Hippocratic Oath in health care today
Provide a brief review of the current regulation of herbal medicines globally
Describe the main plant structures and a function of each
List at least six body systems that herbal medicines might act upon
List the three independent systems in the CVS
Name three glands in the endocrine system
List two parts of the immune system
Describe the main function of the lymphatic system
Name the two parts of the nervous system
Briefly describe the hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle in reproductive women
Briefly describe the urinary system functions in relation to water in the body
Explain the purpose of inflammation and its ideal end goal
Briefly describe the two types of inflammation
Identify the major organs that make up the gut
Explain two potential links between the gut and health
Describe the basic philosophy of holistic health
List two environmental and safe ways to grow plants for harvesting
Define the term ‘companion planting’
Name six types of herbal remedies (classes of actions)
Name five major compounds found in plants that are believed to have health effects
Name two phenolic compounds found in culinary plants
Briefly explain the reported activity of phytoestrogens as ‘balancing’ in relation to hormones
Select one notable herbal action, eg. cancer preventative, and give at least two herbs with scientific evidence to show they work in this way
List two internal and two external herbal preparations
Briefly explain why making tinctures should be undertaken with great care
List two importance aspects of quality control
Explain why oils may have a shorter shelf life
List two reported health benefits of honey
List two free research databases.
Distinguish between medicinal herbs in cultivation, including twenty-five different genera and fifty different varieties.
Compare the chemical components of different medicinal herbs in terms of their general effect on the human body.
Prepare simple and safe herbal remedies in a domestic situation.
Explain the potential dangers involved in dealing with plants.
Prepare a schedule of cultural practices for a medicinal herb crop.
Assessment tasks: This unit requires the submission of:
Submission of a proposed blended tea recipe OR
Completion of an untimed quiz (open to be retaken up to three times)
COURSE 'ASSESSMENT' TASK: STUDENT EXAMPLES
Samples of the type of amazing work our students submit. Here are some examples of the Kitchen Medicine 'assessment'. A wonderful practical task of creating your own tea blend. Little wonder this is one of the top rated subjects.