The best way to understand how to use herbs is to understand how they act on the human body. These actions are called properties. In this course you'll learn the definitions of all the major properties of herbs. These properties will be grouped by body system to make learning them easier to understand. You'll also learn when that property is indicated and contraindicated and be given examples of herbs that have that property. When you understand properties you're never stuck using a particular herb for a particular problem. If an herb you normally use is unavailable, you simply substitute another herb with the same or similar properties.
The following video explains the value of what you'll learn in this course.
The course will be taught via webinar and online instruction. The eight lessons in this course are:
Lesson 1. Digestive and Intestinal System Properties
In this lesson we'll cover the various ways herbs affect the gastro-intestinal tract. Topics will include antiacids, appetite stimulants and depressants, carminatives, digestive tonics, emetics, antiparastics, laxatives and remedies for diarrhea. We'll provide examples of herbs for each category.
Lesson 2. Hepatic and Urinary System Properties
This lesson will cover actions for two of the body's major organs for getting rid of toxins, the liver and kidneys. Properties we will cover for the liver alteratives or blood purifiers, cholagogues and hepatoprotectives. Urinary properties will include diuretics, lithotriptics and herbs for urinary tract infections. This section will also cover sudorifics for the sweat glands.
Lesson 3. Respiratory and Lymphatic System Properties
In this lesson we'll look at properties related to the lungs and lymphatics, including antihistamines, antitussives, bronchial dilators, decongestants, expectorants and mast cell stabilizers. We'll also cover lymphatic remedies.
Lesson 4 Nervous System Properties
The term nervine is used rather losely by most herbalists. There are specific herbs for many different parts of the nervous system and we'll talk about the properties that describe their actions in this lesson. These include analgesic, antidepressant, antispasmoidics, narcotics, soporifics and even certain stimulants.
Lesson 5. Circulatory System Properties
Herbs can have many actions on the blood, heart and cardiovascular systems. In this lesson we'll discuss these actions, including: blood thinners, blood builders, cardiotonics, hypertensives and hypotensives, vascular tonics and vasoconstrictors and vasodilators. Understanding these properties and the herbs associated is important for herbalists working with cardiovascular problems.
Lesson 6. Immune System Properties
In addition to the obvious categories of herbs that relate to immunity, such as antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, we'll also cover properties like febrifuge, antoxidant and cytotoxic in this lesson. We'll also discuss the difference between immune stimulants and immune amphoterics and provide examples of numerous herbs that can be used to strenghten, support or regulate immune function.
Lesson 7. Glandular System Properties
The glandular system is very complex, so there are a lot of properties used to describe how various herbs affect the glands. In this session we'll cover properties like adaptagenic, adrenergic and adrenal tonic, as well as categories of herbs to strengthen or calm down the activity of the pituitary, thyroid, pancreas and adrenal glands. We'll give examples of herbs for all of the major imbalances in the functions of these glands.
Lesson 8. Reproductive System Properties
This session is also about properties related to glandular function, but only those specifically related to the reproductive glands, such as estrogenic and testosterone enhancing herbs. It also covers properties related to menstruation and reproductive functions such as abortifacient, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue, galactagogue and oxytocic.
About this Course
Required For: Certified Herbal Consultant program. Can be purchased separately or as part of the CHC program. Prior completion of the Nature's Pharmacy correspondence course meets this requirement.
Course Hours: Eight 2-hour webinars with about 24 hours of online activities and homework for a total of about 40 hours of study.