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Herbal Medicine Coursework

HB110
INTRODUCTION TO Botany & Herbs

Students in this course will learn to identify Latin classifications of plants used in Western medicine as well as major plants used in Traditional Chinese Medicine with attention on botanical nomenclature.  This class focuses particularly on identifying the basic properties of herbs, including their tastes, temperature entering meridians and function and medicinal uses.  It also includes the identification of toxic and non-toxic herbs, storage, and rules governing pharmacy.

HB121, HB122, HB123, HB124
Chinese Herbology

This four-part classes teaches students about the most commonly used herbs in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia. Students will learn the properties, taste, functions, dosages, and contra-indications of each herb covered.
Herb I: Herbs that release the exterior, clear heat and relieve toxicity, and drain downward
Herb II: Herbs that drain dampness, transform and dispel wind dampness, warm the interior, expelling cold, regulate qi, relieve food stagnation and expel parasites.
Herb III: herbs that regulate blood, transform phlegm and relieve coughing, calm the spirit, as well as aromatic herbs that open the orifices
Herb IV: herbs include herbs that tonify Qi, warms the Yang, nourish the Yin, nourish Blood, astringent herbs, extinguish wind and stop tremors, emetics and herbs for external application

HB201,HB202,HB203,HB204
Chinese Herbal Formula

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Chinese Herbal Formulas for various clinical applications. Students will learn the herbal components of each formula and the role that each herb plays within the formula. In addition, students will learn modifications, clinical applications, and contra-indications of the formulas. The entire course consists of four parts.
Formula 1: covers the formulas used for diaphoretic, purgative, harmonizing, antipyretics and summer heat clearing.
Formula 2: covers formulas used for warming, exterior releasing, tonifying, sedation, resuscitation, and astringents.
Formula 3: covers formulas with carminative, blood regulating, anticonvulsant, and moisturizing characteristics.
Formula 4: covers formulas with diuretic, phlegm expelling, anti-parasitic, and anti-abscess qualities.

HB300
TCM Nutrition

This course is designed as an introduction to the concepts of Oriental Medical nutritional theory. Students will discuss the importance of a proper diet and eating habits in maintaining health and preventing disease and will differentiate OM nutritional principles and practices from concepts of Western nutrition. Students learn to create and demonstrate several recipes with medicinal effects and apply TCM nutrition theory to foods from other ethnic and cultural dietary traditions, extrapolating some of their likely functions and properties from existing knowledge.  They will learn to counsel patients on proper TCM nutrition.

HB401
Advanced Formula:  Shang Han Lun

Students will learn the Six Channel diagnosis (Taiyang, yangming, shaoyang, shaoyin, taiyin, and jueyin), Zang-fu diagnosis, and the therapeutic process and prognosis for cold-induced disorders and internal diseases from the ancient Chinese medical classics Shang Han Lun, known in English as the Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders or the Treatise on Cold Injury.  This is a Chinese medical treatise compiled by Zhang Zhongjing during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220CE).

HB402
Advanced Formula:  Jin Kui Yao Lue

Students will learn the Six Channel diagnosis (Taiyang, yangming, shaoyang, shaoyin, taiyin, and jueyin), Zang-fu diagnosis, and the therapeutic process and prognosis for cold-induced disorders and internal diseases from the ancient Chinese medical classics Shang Han Lun, known in English as the Treatise on Cold Damage Disorders or the Treatise on Cold Injury.  This is a Chinese medical treatise compiled by Zhang Zhongjing during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220CE).

HB403
Advanced Formula: Wen Bing

Students will learn the basic concepts of the Wen Bing School of Chinese medicine and the differential diagnosis and treatment of  febrile disease based on the systems of the Four Level Theory (Wei, Qi Ying, Xue) and Three Jiao Theory expounded in the TCM Febrile Diseases (Wen Bing) Classics.  The seven types of warm pathogen disease are discussed, including wind-warmth (feng wen), spring warmth (Chuan wen), autumn dryness (qiu zao), warm toxin (wen du), summer heat warmth (shu wen), damp warmth (Shi wen) and lurking summer heat (fu shu)

HB420
Herb Pairs / Dui Yao

Class describes Chinese herbs in context of comparative functions and herb combination, emphasizing on the pairing of certain herbs in various formula writing to enhance synergistic effects and how to prepare small dosage of herbal formulas in clinical practice. This course enhances the student’s knowledge of materia medica and herbal formulary in the context of zang fu organ pattern differentiation.

HB440
Formula Writing 

Practical training of constructing herbal formulas based on the principles of classical herbal formulation and therapeutic functions is covered.  Major formulas currently used in Chinese medicine will be analyzed according to the classical hierarchy of its ingredients and students will learn to modify the herbs and dosages to suite the patient’s constitutional needs.  Students will also learn the therapeutic actions and clinical indications of the written formula including prohibitions and contraindications.