COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Create a narrative story about the medicinal use of a plant describing the qualities (actions, taste energetics, organoleptics etc.) based on personal experience of the medicinal herbs covered in this course.
2. Explain and recall the botanical classification, botanical names, common names, parts used, properties, uses, dosage, and safety issues for the medicinal herbs covered in this course.
3. Differentiate herbs of similar therapeutic use and apply to case study examples.
4. Research and evaluate herbal products and the range of scientific evidence available on the use of medicinal plants.
5. Compare and evaluate traditional and modern research in monograph categories (parts used, indications, dosage, extraction) of a core group of herbs.
I found this course to be one of the most useful in my learning. Each weekly module presented the opportunity to learn about 3-4 herbs in depth – that is over 50 herbs in 14 weeks. For each herb, I learned the botanical name, plant family, part used, and actions. The course offered two other components I felt were enriching: case studies with formulation opportunities and a study of a body system. The case study provided direct experience in formulation. This was my favorite part! Becoming a clinical herbalist is my goal and having practice at formulation is where I want my focus to go. At this point in my learning, I want to gain more experience not only with the herbs, but with formulation. The body system I chose to work with was the endocrine system. I chose the endocrine system because I want to better understand the hormones that regulate body functions and the herbs that can bring them into balance. To follow is the PDF of my final project on the endocrine system with a case study and formulation.