HRB 605 Materia Medica

This course investigates approximately 30 of the most commonly used herbal medicines and related supplements in the United States. Each herb will be discussed from the ethnobotanical perspective as well as the modern phyto-therapeutic perspective, with a focus on pharmacological understanding and relevant clinical trials. Special emphasis will be placed on topics relevant to the contemporary clinician, including quality control, interactions, and other safety parameters of each herb covered. This course provides the student with the necessary skills to effectively research herbs not covered in the class.

This class quickly takes a deep dive into the very detailed world of each herb covered.  Over the duration of the course, we worked on a project where we had fictional patients that we had to treat.  As the course progressed and our understanding of the therapeutic actions of the herbs deepened, we reflected on our initial protocols and discussed lessons learned. This paper is an example of this work throughout the course.


Research Paper Part C


HRB 622 Herbal Pharmacy and Product Presentation

I will be very honest here. I took this class twice. I made it all the way to the end of the first course, having learned so much about creating products, and then I ended up failing due to not requesting an incomplete when something came up. I do not hide this fact.  I have included artifacts from BOTH courses as I feel that they are demonstrative of mastery of the skills and illustrate what true growth and learning sometimes look like (some of us have to learn the hard way).  I suppose I am likely unique in that I have taken this course both in-person and online.

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ISci 631 Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health

ISci 631 has since been renamed to Foundations of Integrative Health, however, my artifact reflects the name of the course at the time.  The course provided an understanding of the history and role of integrative healthcare.  One of the core tenets of the course was understanding evidence-based medicine. The artifact below was a brief paper demonstrating our understanding of the topic.

Evidence-based Medicine


HRB 600 Foundations of Herbal Medicine

This artifact is research that I conducted in one of my first herbal classes. To complete the assignment we had to locate both primary and secondary literature to support my research.  Locating primary research ended up being much harder than anticipated.  During this process I learned how to obtain an identification card so that I could use the Library of Congress to look through the numerous primary texts available on early Native American cultures so that I could better determine their medicinal uses for verbascum thapsus.

HRB600 Native American Herb Use