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Course 8: Herbal Nutrition Course

Course Information

Herbal Courses

Herb Nutrition

Unit Duration : 20 hours home study and assignments

Core or Elective Unit: Core Unit

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 greater knowledge into the nutritional component of herbs. This unit works towards giving dietary considerations and recommendations from the introduction of these herb nutrients. This unit will discuss nutrient classes, absorption, elimination and interaction with others foods and drugs. It also discussed the introduction to super foods and super herbs, as well as herbs high in certain nutrients and their benefits.

Course Content:   

  • To understand the nutrient constituents found in Herbal Medicine
  • To highlight how these nutrients contribute to greater health and wellbeing
  • To discuss the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of these nutritional plant constituents
  • To highlight the nutritional activity found from these herbal nutrients  including their absorption, their dosage and  duration of treatment
  • To identify the vitamins and minerals found in herbs
  • To discuss the use of super herbs or super foods
  • To identify appropriate dietary modifications using herbs

Learning Outcomes



Learning Outcome 1

A basic understanding into nutrition and terminology related to nutrition  

  • Highlight and define the terminology used in nutrition
  • Highlight energy metabolism, food pyramids and food exchange systems
  • Outline methods for collecting food data
  • Highlight classes of nutrients, RDI’s and ODI’s
  • Discuss the classes of nutrients

Learning Outcome 2

Macro nutrients and their absorption

  • Define food categories and classifications
  • Highlight the difference between macro and micro nutrients
  • Give an understanding of the macro-nutrients, their absorption and elimination
  • Discuss the dietary sources of each macro nutrient
  • Outline the principles of the pharmacokinetics and structure to each food group
  • Outline the excesses and deficiencies from each group

Learning Outcome 3

The nutritional plant constituents  - Vitamins  

  • Define the introduction to the fat soluble and water soluble vitamins
  • Highlight the summary of their distributions and their functions  
  • Give examples of their sources in foods and herbs
  • Discuss their absorption and things that will increase of impair their absorption
  • Outline the excess and deficiencies from each group

Learning Outcome 4

The nutritional plant constituents – Minerals

  • Define the introduction to the major and minor minerals
  • Highlight the summary of their distributions and their functions 
  • Give examples of their sources in foods and herbs
  • Discuss their absorption and things that will increase of impair their absorption
  • Outline the excess and deficiencies from each group

Learning outcome 5 
To identify the vitamins and minerals found in herbs

  • Highlight herbs that contain certain vitamins and minerals
  • Discuss the physiological activities, classification and actions for these herbs
  • Outline the benefits from using such herbs

Learning Outcome 6

Super foods and Super herbs

  • Highlight the definition of super foods and super herbs  
  • Give examples of super foods and super herbs
  • Discuss the actions of these super foods and herbs
  • Outline the benefits from consuming such foods

Learning Outcome 7

Other super nutrients and antioxidants found in herbs

  • Define the definitions of antioxidants and methylation  
  • Highlight smart nutrients and their roles in neurotansmission
  • Highlight certain super nutrients such as flavonoids and Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Discuss herbal ways to reduce free radical damage
  • Outline the herbs high in these super nutrients

Learning Outcome 8

Incorporating these into our diet

  • Discuss super herbs and how they can be incorporated into the diet
  • Highlight modes and methods of introducing super foods
  • Give examples of dietary regimes that could be considered
  • Give examples of dietary recopies that could be introduced
  • Outline a weekly dietary regime to enhance health and wellbeing using super foods and super herbs

Lecture Plan:


Lecture Content

Recommended Reading


Basic introduction to nutrition



Macro Nutrients and their absorption



Nutritional Plant Constituents – Vitamins



Nutritional Plant Constituents – Minerals





Identify the Vitamins and Minerals in herbs



Super nutrients and antioxidants  



Super foods and super herbs 



Incorporating these nutrients into our diet  


Resources and Texts

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

Australian Guide to Healthy Eating 1998 – Commonwealth of Australia

Henry Osiecki - The Nutrient Bible – 2002 – Bio-Concepts Publishing, Qld Australia

Perspectives in Nutrition – Wardlaw G. & Hampl, J. , McGrawHill Higher Education, 7th ed ISBN 978 0 07 282750 5

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

Alive Organics – Exotic Raw Food Information, Bayswater WA

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

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

Heinerman, J. – 1993 – Heinerman’s encyclopaedia of fruits, vegetables and herbs, Parker Publishing Company, New York

Heinrich, E. H. – 2006 – The Root of all disease, U.S. Naturals Inc, USA.

Jenson Dr. B., 1993 – Foods that Heal, Avery Publishing Group Inc, NY, USA

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

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

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

Rotblatt M, Ziment, I – 2002 – Evidence Based Herbal Medicine, Hanley & Belfus Inc, Philadelphia, USA

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

Tabrizian Dr. I – 2006 – Nutrition: The Good, The Bad and The Politics NRS Publications, Australia

Wolfe E. – 2009 – Superfoods. North Atlantic books, California USA

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

A key to Galen’s Method of Physic” (Culpeper, 1990,

Roger French – The man who lives in three centuries – Natural Health Society of Australia, 2002

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

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

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99. CD Rom

Alan Moyle – Nature Cure Explained Health for All Publishing, London 1950

Roth, G. 1991 – When food is Love, Judy Piatkus Publishers, Great Britain

Dr H.C.A. Vogel – The Nature Doctor – Bookman Press 1995

Weiss and Weiss, 1992, 35

Alternative Medicine," Microsoft® Encarta® Encyclopedia 99. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation.








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