The aim of this course is to provide people with a basic knowledge of the principles and practice of Western Herbal Medicine so that they may be able to treat themselves and others for a range of common conditions. The course which is 8 x 2.5 hour sessions, starts on March 16th at 7pm.
The course is designed to nurture people’s individual appreciation of herbs. Students will be encouraged to explore their own sensory and cognitive perceptions with selected herbs, and to contrast these with established knowledge. In this respect, the emphasis is very much on participative and experiential learning, as well as reflective practice.
Using the concept of homeostasis, each session introduces the basic anatomy and physiology of the different systems of the body and then focuses on herbal therapeutics. Within the course there will be opportunities for learning the theory behind making different herbal preparations, as well as a session where participants can make a tincture.
Students learn about the classification of herbs, their actions and therapeutic properties. Students are also encouraged to apply their knowledge by making herbal preparations and sharing their experience with the group. There will be plenty of opportunities for tasting and experiencing different herbs, as well as learning to recognise the properties of different herbs and herbal preparations.
Case histories and example prescriptions are used throughout the course to help consolidate learning and an extensive bibliography will be provided with further information and resources for those who wish to deepen their knowledge.
This course is suitable for anyone who would like to understand how the body works and how we can use different herbs and herbal preparations to optimise health and wellbeing. It would also be suitable for anyone considering going on to study the BSc or an apprenticeship in Herbal Medicine as an introduction to what these courses involve.
|Session / Date||Title of session||Areas Covered|
|Session 1. 16/3/2017||Herbal Medicine in the Modern Context||Introductions. A History of Herbal Medicine. Different types of Herbal Medicine. Who uses Herbal Medicine and what can Herbal Medicine do for you? What you will learn on the course.|
|Session 2. 23/3/2017||Herbs||Plant metabolites – using the senses to recognise herbs. The anatomy and physiology of taste and smell. Botany and taxonomy. Gardening, harvesting, drying and storing herbs. Different herbal medicine preparations. Herb actions and how we prescribe.|
|Session 3. 30/3/2017||The heart and homeostasis.||The anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. How herbal medicine can support cardiac function and the circulation. Theory: How to make tinctures, vinegars, syrups and oxymels.|
|Session 4. 6/4/2017||The gastrointestinal system – part 1.||The gastrointestinal system – part 1. Absorption and nutrition. An overview of the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract. Using herbs to optimise digestion. Conditions amenable to treatment.|
|Session 5. 27/4/2017||The gastrointestinal system – part 2.||The organs of metabolism and elimination. Recognising symptoms of problems. The structure and function of the liver and skin. Using herbs to improve metabolism and elimination. Theory: How to make lotions, ointments and creams.|
|Session 6. 4/5/2017||The Nervous System||The structure and function of the nervous system. The herbal therapeutic approach to conditions: focus on mental health, sleep disorders and headaches.|
|Session 7. 11/5/2017||Hormones and the endocrine system.||The structure and function of hormones. The stress response. The herbal approach to common endocrine disorders. Female and male reproductive health.|
|Session 8. 18/5/2017||The immune system and the role of inflammation||Exploring the role of fever, inflammation and convalescence. The gut and the immune system. Herbal approach to enhancing immunity. What is autoimmune disease? Herbal strategies.|
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Beatroot Cafe is at 20-21 Lower Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5BN. More details and map here.
The venue is ideally suited to our needs, providing a warm, comfortable, and interesting learning environment.
There are usually plenty of spaces available for on street parking at this time of the evening, or there is Trenchard Street NCP very close by.
"The course was well structured and had a good balance of practical and theoretical information. I really like it that it went into quite a lot of detail about stuff, even though it was an introductory course."
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