Course 5 | Herbal Therapeutics
A wide-ranging and detailed look at the use of herbal remedies in the home health setting: from the function of the human body and specific health concerns to herbal strategies and lifestyle changes to restore health.
Meet your course instructor
David Caudwell | BSc, Medical Herbalist
David Caudwell completed his studies in Herbal Medicine at the College of Phytotherapy in South East England and was awarded a BSc (Honours) from the University of Wales. After graduating David settled in Sussex, dividing his time between practice, clinic management and teaching responsibilities at the college where he trained. He has taught for the Universities of Wales and East London, and for the “Discovering Herbal Medicine” program run by Dr. Anne Walker. David is a member of The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, a professional body of herbalists established to champion the role and development of traditional herbal medicine in the modern world. David has a lifelong passion for wildlife, the outdoors and the world’s indigenous medicine systems, which has led to travel on five continents. In his practice, David takes a particular interest in Women’s Health, Fertility Issues and Cancer Care. Listen to David on episode 14 of Pacific Rim College Radio
The Therapeutics course introduces therapeutic approaches to common, pre-diagnosed health concerns. Graduates can apply knowledge gained from this course to assist family and friends, work in the natural health sector, and to pursue comprehensive, professional training in herbal medicine.
This course introduces students to body systems, including anatomical and physiological principles that underpin all herbal treatment strategies. Emphasis is placed on maximizing health via lifestyle and diet.
With these foundations in place, the course introduces health challenges common to each body system and beneficial herbal remedies. Students learn to create customized health formulations – in the form of tinctures, teas, capsules, topical oils, and creams – and dietary and lifestyle advice.
Students learn how to determine the effectiveness of remedies for any given condition and study the limitations of community herbal medicine – in other words, knowing when to refer to a healthcare professional.
This course consists mostly of theory alongside references to actual case histories.
Upon completion of this course, you will have the ability to:
• Provide an overview of human anatomy and physiology for all major body systems, from the digestive and cardiovascular systems to the urinary system and the skin.
• Outline the body’s fundamental health requirements.
• Demonstrate the common disease challenges of each body system.
• Present the most commonly used herbs within each body system.
• Provide simple herbal strategies based on a person’s individual health concerns.
• Demonstrate how to formulate appropriate herbal remedies for specific and common health conditions.
• Highlight the important role of dietary and lifestyle changes in meeting common health challenges.
• Show the role of supplementation in supporting health-related goals.
• Demonstrate the roles of Herbal Tonics and Adaptogens
Section I | Welcome
2. Course outline
3. Introduction to therapeutics
4. Introduction to herbal actions
5. Introduction to formulating and dosing
Section II | Digestive system
6. Anatomy & physiology
8. Therapeutic approaches to indigestion
9. Therapeutic approaches to nausea
10. Therapeutic approaches to heartburn
11. Therapeutic approaches for liver function
12. Therapeutic approaches for gut flora
13. Therapeutic approaches for bowel function
Section III | Cardiovascular system
14. Anatomy & physiology
16. Cardiovascular disease risk factors
17. Therapeutic approaches for prevention of cardiovascular diseases
18. Therapeutic approaches for high blood pressure
19. Therapeutic approaches for thread veins and minor varicosities
Section IV | Respiratory system
20. Anatomy & physiology
22. Therapeutic approaches for maintenance and protection
23. Therapeutic approaches for colds
24. Therapeutic approaches for coughs
25. Therapeutic approaches for sore throats
26. Therapeutic approaches for hay fever
27. Therapeutic approaches for convalescence
Section V | Nervous system
28. Anatomy & physiology
30. Therapeutic approaches
31. Therapeutic approaches to stress
32. Herbal strategies for stress
33. Therapeutic approaches to fatigue
34. Therapeutic approaches to insomnia
35. Therapeutic approaches to tension headaches
Section VI | Musculoskeletal system
36. Anatomy & physiology
38. Therapeutic approaches for support
39. Therapeutic approaches for soft tissue
40. Therapeutic approaches for joint pain
41. Demonstration: cream making
42. Therapeutic approaches for back pain
Section VII | Reproductive system
43. Anatomy & physiology
45. Therapeutic approaches to menstrual cramps
46. Therapeutic approaches for menopause
47. Therapeutic approaches for prostate health
Section VIII | Urinary system
48. Anatomy & physiology
50. Therapeutic approaches for support
51. Therapeutic approaches for urinary tract infections
52. Therapeutic approaches to midlife urinary tract function
Section IX | Skin
55. Anatomy & physiology
57. Therapeutic approaches for support
58. Therapeutic approaches for eczema
59. Therapeutic approaches for acne
60. Tonics & adaptogens
Section VI | Musculoskeletal system
61. Anatomy & physiology
63. Therapeutic approaches for support
64. Therapeutic approaches for soft tissue
65. Therapeutic approaches for joint pain
66. Demonstration: cream making
67. Therapeutic approaches for back pain
Section X | Tonics & adaptogens
68. Understanding tonics
69. Tonics by system
70. Understanding adaptogens
71. Comparing adaptogens