HER101 Introduction to Herbal Sciences                 

3 semester hour credits

A basic foundation and understanding of the principles of herbal medicine within the context of historical and modern health care; with an emphasis on those botanicals whose uses have been well documented through modern scientific study.  While not designed to prepare the student to be an alternative health care practitioner, when completed, the student will be well-informed about the regulation of herbal products, the primary functions of key botanicals in popular use, herbal product quality control, and the basics of herbal safety. The energetics and classifications of Western medicinal plants will be studied, with an emphasis on the incorporation of herbalism into the daily life.