Since time immemorial, herbs have been used to influence the mind, spirit, and emotions. Indeed, various herbs can significantly affect the nervous system in particular ways, including even by modulating hormones and neurotransmitters. Used appropriately, these herbs, called “nervines,” can often provide a safe alternative to the pharmaceutical antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds so frequently prescribed. Nervines often also influence the muscles, helping to relax and soothe them. You will learn the most appropriate herbs for the various conditions and situations that can impact the mind, spirit, and neuromuscular system.
Herbal therapy is the oldest and most widespread form of healing on planet earth! It is currently experiencing a revival in North America (since the mid-1980s), after a lull which transpired from the early 1900s with the advent of orthodox medicine and its array of drugs. Generally regarded as safer and just as effective (if not more effective) as orthodox medicine, herbalism is a science and art that can be successfully learned and utilized by the lay person. Through the use of tinctures, glycerites, teas, capsules, poultices, compresses, and salves, students enrolled in this course will learn to apply herbal therapy to support the constitution with reference to an array of conditions from A to Z, in consideration of guidelines as to indications, dosage, and contraindications.
Class 1, Part 2: The Development, Forms and Energetics of Herbal Therapy: This class expands on the focuses on
Western Herbalism, specifically herbs used in Native-American medicine, British herbalism, Physio-medicalism, and Eclecticism. Pre-requisite: The Development, Forms and Energetics of Herbal Therapy, Part One.