Foundations of Herbal Medicine Modules 1-4
This four part series is intended for healthcare practitioners that are relatively new to the world of botanical medicine, as well as practitioners looking to better understand the optimal way to incorporate herbs into your practice. In this series, you will learn about the history of botanical medicine, the role of botanical medicine in modern society, how to determine the appropriate use of an herb, considerations when choosing herbal products, and how to stock a basic herbal dispensary.
Module 1 – The Vital Force of Nature; Introduction to the Use of Herbal Medicines
The first module will serve as an introductory session to give the participant an overall view of the foundations of herbalism, herbal philosophy of healing, history, concept of herbal synergy, and current issues involving herbal medicines. This module will present information used and built upon in the subsequent 3 modules.
Module 2 – Herbal Delivery Forms and Herbal Safety Concerns
Herbal medicine preparations which serve as delivery forms of medicinal plant material to the body can be used internally or topically without being ingested. Understanding the various forms of herbal preparations available to the clinician brings a wider understanding of the possibilities of using herbs. Review of herbal preparations, dosing and strength differences, and manufacturing techniques will be covered. Herbal safety, concerns, and interactions will be discussed as relevant to the clinician.
Module 3 – Meet the Active Constituents of Herbs; Phyto-Compounds
Understanding the actions and mechanisms involved in the medicinal active constituents of plants can give a clinician insight into understanding and choosing a therapeutic herbal medicine. This module will cover the major active constituents of medicinal plants, general medicinal actions associated with phytochemical groups, cautions and concerns, along with herbal examples of each specific active constituent covered.
Module 4 – Herbal Actions, Herbal Formulations, and Therapeutic Application
The application of herbal medicines in the clinical setting involves the use of herbal actions to influence the body’s anatomy and physiology. The actions of plants are multiple and offer a wide general application as well as specific application for specific phytochemicals. Applying plant actions to formulations and herbal preparations gives a clinician a variety of herbal tools to work with. Basic herbal actions and formulation criteria will be reviewed along with herbal formulations to reflect the application of therapeutic herbal medicine.
White paper : Foundations of Herbalism
Download White Paper by Bill Chioffi, Director of Education, Gaia Herbs
Webinar : Module 1 The Vital Force of Nature; Introduction to the Use of Herbal Medicines
Download webinar Recorded April 7, 2015. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.
Webinar : Module 2 Herbal Delivery Forms and Herbal Safety Concerns
Download webinar Recorded April 21, 2015. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.
Webinar : Module 3 Meet the Active Constituents of Herbs; Phyto-Compounds
Download webinar Recorded May 12, 2015. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND.
Webinar : Module 4 Herbal Actions, Herbal Formulations, and Therapeutic Application
Download webinar Recorded May 26, 2015. Presented by Dr. Mary Bove, ND
After reviewing the material on The Foundations of Herbalism, take the quiz to test your knowledge! After successful completion of the quiz, you can print out a Certificate of Achievement for your records.