VWHM10023  Herbal Botany, Pharmacognosy,  Pharmacology & Manufacture

Goals and Learning Outcomes

Herbalists should keep safety above any other consideration when using medicinal herbs.  This unit provides a firm foundation in plant chemistry from a clinical viewpoint.  Identification of herbs is important , to avoid collection or purchase of inappropriate plants, adulteration, substitution and possible toxicity.  We will explore  how and why plants make secondary constituents, and how to study the plant itself to learn more about its constituents.  Herbal pharmacology includes the major classes of herb constituents and where appropriate, their general effects on mammalian systems.  Finally, manufacture of herbal medicines is reviewed as well as quality control and regulatory issues that influence medicinal safety and efficacy.

Unit VWHM107 (40 hours) Medicinal Plant Identification and Classification

  • Botany nomenclature, plant morphology and taxonomy
  • Plant identification- use of keys, plant family profiles
  • Identification of common medicinal plants
  • Identification of common poisonous plants
  • Herbal Monographs and the Materia Medica (the next ten herbs)

 Unit VWHM108 (60 hours) Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology

  • Chemical Complexity of Plants & Relating Chemistry to plant Action
  • Principles of pharmacodynamics  and pharmacokinetics in relation to medicinal plants
  • Classes of Constituents 1 Alkaloids, Glycosides, Phenols
  • Classes of Constituents II Polysaccharides, Tannins, Terpenes and Sterols
  • Classes of Constituents III Volatile Oils, Fixed Oils and resins

 Unit VWHM109 (40 hours) Manufacturing, Processing & Dispensing

  • Growing , Harvesting , Wildcrafting, Drying and Storage of Medicinal Herbs
  • Herb Processing and Manufacture of solid , liquid and topical medicines
  • Quality Control, Identification of dried plant material using organoleptic methods
  • Herbalist Medicine-Making
  • Legal requirements and Regulation of Herbal Medicine 



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