Western Materia Medica I and II covers the broad diversity of medicinal and healing plants used by Western Herbalists. This includes medicinal plants and fungi from all over the world with the exception of China and India, which is covered in Traditional Chinese Materia Medica (TCMM) and Traditional Ayurvedic Materia Medica (TAMM).
We start by exploring physiomedical theory and vibrational aspects of medicine. You then continue on with the systems approach, learning 6 or more major botanicals used for various disorders and diseases for each body system, starting with the Digestive System and ending with the Nervous System.
Western Materia Medica I and II can be seen as the “tying it all together” courses in the area of herbs used by Western practitioners for the betterment of their patients and themselves. Learn to assess the person in front of you in our Practical Herbalist Diploma Program and how to create custom herbal formulations for someone using the herbs in the materia medica.
Is Western Materia Medica I For Me?
Students will be expected to be familiar with many herbs already, such as those learned in Herbology 101 as well as have at least an introductory background in pharmacognosy as learned in Herbology Advanced.
Western Materia Medica I & II are bundled into (and prerequisites for graduating from) the Practical Herbalist Diploma program. They may also be taken on their own following Herbology 101 & Advanced (or equivalent).