Materia Medica VI


Students build relationships with the plant medicines that they will be using to create medicines for their patients. During the classes, students use organoleptic skills to experience the herbs that they are studying, including tasting, smelling and observing. Each herb is tried in various forms including teas and tinctures. Monographs of the herbs are provided and there is discussion and debate amongst students about each herb.

This course examines in depth the following herbs: Acorus calamus, Azadirachta indica, Brassica nigra, Camelia sinensis, Chondrus crispus, Elymus repens, Fumaria officinalis, Guaiacum officinale, Hemidesmus indicus, Lamium alba, Leonurus cardiaca, Melilotus officinalis , Oplopanax horridus, Paeonia lactiflora, Picrasma excelsia, Picrorrhiza kurroa, Piper longum, Pulmonaria officinalis, Ruta graveolens, Terminalia arjuna, Trigonella foenum-graecum and Trillium erectum. Other herbs are introduced, time permitting. Students are also expected to prepare a presentation on a herb of their choice from the past 3 years of herbal studies. All other 5 Materia Medica courses must be completed before students can enrol in WHS302.

Prerequisites: WHS102, WHS103, WHS201, WHS203, WHS301, 1.5 credits PCP200    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

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