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Achieve an understanding of complementary wellness practice and therapy foundations that are growing in recognition and acceptance by those concerned with healthy living. Explore the wisdom of using wellness systems as a complement to current western health care practices. Our classes will help you examine practical applications for adopting these practices in your own personal or professional life for good health or to assist others in achieving optimum wellness.

Clinical Herbalism

Herbal medicine is an emerging field offering many professional opportunities as an entrepreneur, Holistic Health Practitioner, Wellness Coach, teacher or herb cultivator and more. 

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Clinical Herbalism Certificates

Cultivate your desire to learn about nature’s hidden treasures

Due to the growing interest in herbalism, our certificates were developed to bring you traditional wisdom considering modern lifestyles. The Level 1 certificate is for the budding herbalist. Courses provide the foundational knowledge and skills for use personally and professionally. Our Level 2 certificate will dig deeper into specific and relevant topics at an intermediate level with applications for herbalism professional practices.

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Join herbalist and geographer Dara Saville of Albuquerque Herbalism for an introduction to the varied medicinal plants and landscapes of Central New Mexico. We'll explore the Bosque, high desert, Sandia mountains, and urban environments as we look at key medicinal plants from each area. Discussions will touch on medicinal properties and uses, botany, ecology, and changing landscapes. NOTE: This is a FREE session open to everyone.

Note: This section is open to everyone.

38026 | $00

FRESH LOOK – Holistic Health: Introduction to Medicinal Herbs of Central New Mexico - FAD–PD

11/6/17
Mon 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Dara Saville
CE South Building

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FRESH LOOK – Brown Bag: Living without Chemicals - FAB–PD

11/8/17
Wed 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Caroline Orcutt
CE South Building

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Required Classes (3)
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Many health practitioners recommend herbal and supplement protocols, medical professionals prescribe drugs, and individuals purchase many over-the-counter products. In this class you will learn about common pathologies, the mechanism of actions of selected cardiovascular, pulmonary, psychiatry, analgesic, neurology and condition specific drugs and their herb or supplement interaction/contraindication as well as herbal and supplements adjuvants to specific conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma, depression and anxiety, pain, Alzheimer's, diabetes etc. This class is designed to teach the layperson as well as health care professional and the information provided can put to immediate use. Required textbook: Herb Contraindication and Drug Interactions, Francis Brinker, ND, 4th Editon ISBN-13: 978-1888483147; student purchases from a vendor of their choice.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

38266 | TBA

Clinical Herbalism 103

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.
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This course provides health care professionals and interested community members a basic foundation in Medical Herbalism. Students will explore the basic concepts of herbal terminology, botany, and medicinal uses of herbs for different systems of the body. Topics will include herbal preparations and regulations, plant identification, herb-drug interactions, cultural diversity and traditional techniques in diagnostics and medicinal uses of herbs. Required Text: Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy by Heinrich, Barnes, Gibbons and Williamson (ISBN 9780702033889) 2nd Edition - Student purchases through vendor of their choice

Note: Eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

38261 | TBA

Clinical Herbalism 101

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Summer 2017
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Full disclosure, informed consent, confidentiality, professional courtesy, environmental commitment are just a few of the things required by the Code of Ethics by the American Herbalist Guild. In this class you will learn the terms, be exposed to experts in business practices and ethics, as well as networking and social media skills. This class is necessary for students wishing to establish a reputable herbal practice. NOTE: Class schedule published in the summer 2017 catalog has the wrong end date: This class will end on August 15, 2017.

Note: NOTE: Class schedule published in the summer 2017 catalog has the wrong end date: This class will end on August 15, 2017.UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment.

38273 | TBA

Ethics of Herbal Medicine

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Identify, gather and preserve your herbs from the garden or the wild. Each of the 4 morning sessions, you will meet at a different field location in the Albuquerque area. Learn the foundations of field botany and plant identification and be introduced to the work herbalists do in the field. Topics include: Basic botany used for plant identification, local medicinal plant materia medica, field tools, journaling, wildcrafting and ethics. Your study of plant cycles, climate and growing conditions will deepen your connection with the plants, empowering you to interact knowledgeably and ethically with plants in the field. The Field Journal will be provided the first day of class. NOTE: Spring Catalog Time and Hours are incorrect. Correct meeting day is Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Dates are correct.

Note: NOTE: Spring Catalog Time and Hours are incorrect. Correct meeting day is Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Dates are correct. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment. NOTE: Much of this course will take place outdoors and students are encouraged to bring water and a snack and dress for the weather.

38275 | TBA

Plant Identification and Field Work

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Fall 2017
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Identify, gather and preserve your herbs from the garden or the wild. Each of the 4 morning sessions, you will meet at a different field location in the Albuquerque area. Learn the foundations of field botany and plant identification and be introduced to the work herbalists do in the field. Topics include: Basic botany used for plant identification, local medicinal plant materia medica, field tools, journaling, wildcrafting and ethics. Your study of plant cycles, climate and growing conditions will deepen your connection with the plants, empowering you to interact knowledgeably and ethically with plants in the field. The Field Journal will be provided the first day of class. NOTE: Spring Catalog Time and Hours are incorrect. Correct meeting day is Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Dates are correct.

Note: NOTE: Spring Catalog Time and Hours are incorrect. Correct meeting day is Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Dates are correct. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Personal Enrichment. NOTE: Much of this course will take place outdoors and students are encouraged to bring water and a snack and dress for the weather.

38275 | TBA

Plant Identification and Field Work

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Clinical Case Studies is designed specifically for students that have completed clinical herbalism level I. In this class the students acquire advanced understanding of the principles and practices of clinical herbalism through discussion of client based etiology, pathology and treatment. Case studies selected from a clinical practice concerning cardiovascular, pulmonary, psychiatry, pain and specific pathologies will be presented and students will be required to devise herbal protocols, discuss indications, contraindications and drug/herb interactions with specifics as to form of preparation and posology of the herbs or preparations ultimately selected. This class requires participation and commitment. Required text: Tarascon Pharmacopoeia 2015 Professional Desk Reference Edition, by Richard J. Hamilton, MD, FAAEM, FACMT, FACEP (7th Ed, 2015 Paperback, Publisher: Tarascon) ISBN-13: 9781284075083. Student purchases from a vendor of their choice.

Note: This course is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

38272 | TBA

Clinical Case Studies in Herbalism

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Food as Medicine
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Future Ayurveda Certificate Courses
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The goal to have wellness, free of ailments and disease is at the core of Ayurvedic practices. As your knowledge of Ayurveda deepens, you will study six factors that influence good health in this course. As one of the world's oldest medical systems, Ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country's traditional health care systems. The concept of Kayachikitsa, which is the equivalent of internal medicine in the contemporary western system references the Sanskrit word 'kaya' meaning body, and 'chikitsa' meaning 'treatment.' You will learn, under these guidelines, about treatments that grounded in the qualities of the body or person rather than the symptoms or disease. Factors of health and wellness are sustained when the mind, body and spirt are complete according to the Ayurveda principles. Ayurveda is recognized by the National Health Institutes/Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH/NCCAM) as Alternative Medicine, a complete medical system.

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38283 | TBA

Chikitsa: the 6 major factors of health and wellness

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UNM Tuition Remission

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