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Course 4: Herbal Materia Medica 1

Course Information

Herbal Courses

UNIT GUIDE

Unit Title and Code : Herbal Materia Medica 1 Course 7

Unit Duration : 20 hours in assignments and home study.

Core or Elective Unit: Core Unit

Pre-requisites : - None

Mode of Delivery External studies delivered with a combination of texts, workbooks, written assignments and an online final written assessment

Unit Objectives The objectives of this unit is to provide a knowledge base as to the materia medica of herbs. The herbs to be covered in this unit are to be found in Appendix I. Items to be covered in this unit include the botanical and common names of the herbs, the parts used, their major actions and indications, their chemical constituents, their dosages, their preparations, cautions and contra-indications.

Course Content:

  • The materia medica of herbs according to the immune system
  • The materia medica of herbs according to the integumentary system
  • The materia medica of herbs according to the cardio-vascular system
  • The materia medica of herbs according to the respiratory system
  • The materia medica of herbs according to the urinary system
  • The materia medica of herbs according to the nervous system

Learning Outcomes

LEARNING OUTCOMES

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Learning Outcome 1

Identify herbs used as pharmacological ingredients

  • Identify and discuss the active constituents found in herbs
  • Identify the dosages for each of the materia medica herbs
  • Identify common herbs in their dried form
  • Discuss the herbal preparation methods
  • Identify the parts of the herbs used

Learning Outcome 2

The actions and definitions of herbs

  • Become familiar with the herbs used and their herbal actions and indications
  • Identify dispensing methods and potential uses for each of the herbs
  • Highlight the herbs botanical name and common names used

Learning Outcome 3

Understand the effectiveness and contra – indications for a range of herbs.

  • Identify possible treatment reactions for each herb, both adverse and otherwise.
  • Outline factors that may interfere with the effectiveness of each herb.
  • Outline contra-indications and cautions for each herb.

Learning Outcome 4

Recognise the regulatory status of herbs

  • Identify and discuss precautions and regulatory status of the materia medica herbs

Lecture Plan:

Lecture

Lecture Content

Recommended Reading

1

Materia medica of the Immune System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman

2

Materia medica of the Integumentary System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman

3

Materia medica of the Cardiovascular System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman

4

Materia medica of the Cardiovascular System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman

5

Materia medica of the Respiratory System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman

6

Materia medica of the Urinary System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman

7

Materia medica of the Nervous System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman

8

Materia medica of the Nervous System

Fisher and painter

D.Hoffman


Set Texts :

Fisher C. & Painter G. – 1996 – Materia Medica of Western Herbs for the Southern Hemisphere

Bone. K – 2007 – The Ultimate Herbal Compendium. Phytotherapy Press. Australia

Plant L. 2009 – The Rapid Reference Guide, Self Published. Western Australia

Resources and Texts

Relevant texts or journals, paper based material or DVD s.

Bone. K – 2001 – Clinical Applications of Ayurveydic and Chinese Herbs. Phytotherapy Press. Qld, Australia

Braun L., 2005 – Herbs and supplements, an evidence based guide. Elsevier. Australia

Bremness L. – 2000 – Herbs, Dorling Kindersley Handbooks, Dorling Kindersley, London

British Herbal Pharmacopeia – 1983. British Herbal Medicine Association. Consolidated Edition. UK

 Chevellier A. 2001 – Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants . Dorling Kindersley

Fisher C. & Painter G. – 1996 – Materia Medica of Western Herbs for the Southern Hemisphere

Grieves M – 1971 – A Modern Herbal, Dover Publications. New York

Hoffman D.– The Holistic Herbal– Element Press

Kielczynski et al. 1992 – Cautions, interactions and contra-indications. Southern School of Natural Medicine.

\Kowalchik C. & Hylton W. 1998. Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs/ Rodale press, Pennsylvania

Phyllis A. Balch – 2002- Prescription for Herbal Healing. Penguin Putman Inc

Phyllis A. Balch – 2006- Prescription for Nutritional Healing Penguin Group Publishing

Plant L. 2009 – The Rapid Reference Guide, Self Published. Western Australia

Mills S. & Bone K. – 2000- Principles and practice of Phytotherapy – Churchill Livingstone

Shippard I. 2003 – How can I use herbs in my daily life? David Stewart

Wyk B., Wink M. – 2004 – Medicinal Plants of the World. Briza Publications, South Africa

The Energetics of Western Herbs by Peter Holmes (1997). 

Weiss and Weiss, 1992, 35

S. Mills and K. Bone – Principles and practice of Phytotherapy,2000 Churchill Livingstone

Hoffman D. CD Rom The Herbalist. 2000

Lassak E. & McCarthy T. Australian Medicinal Plants. Methuen Australia, 1983

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99. CD Rom

S. Garland, The Complete Book of Herbs and Spices. 1979.

Culpepper’s Colour Herbal, 1985. Book Club Associates

 

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