Ways of Knowing Herbalism


How do we gain new knowledge about the medicine of plants? This course explores how intuition, organoleptic experience, historical and cultural research, scientific research, clinical experience, and the personal connections we make with plants shape practitioners’ understandings of their personal materia medicas. Each student chooses one plant to focus on over the course of the semester, investigating the nature of its medicine through different lenses. Throughout the semester, students share their insights and experiences with each other through seminar-style discussions and longer presentations.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 3    Hours: 45

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