Stage 2 Content

There are three Modules in Stage 2, each covering a different body system. Each Module is divided into six ‘Lessons’ as described under Stage 1.

Module 4 The Upper Digestive System

The causes of disease with holistic therapeutic solutions. The structure and function of the upper digestive system. Digestive symptoms, including pain, nausea, flatulence, acid reflux, jaundice etc. The description, habitat, cultivation, folklore, active ingredients and medicinal properties of German chamomile, Roman chamomile, dandelion, meadowsweet, marshmallow, mugwort and lemon balm. Herbal medicine and the Law. Extraction and standardisation of herbal extracts. Using herbs with modern drugs.

Module 5 The Lower Digestive System

Essentials of health: nutrition, elimination, body coordination and nervous control. The lower digestive system and the importance of a healthy microbiome, including symptoms and diseases. A summary checklist to facilitate differentiation of ailments from serious disease. The description, habitat, cultivation, folklore, active ingredients and medicinal properties of alder buckthorn, tormentil, agrimony, peppermint, hops, fennel and witch hazel. Special monographs with research overview on milk thistle and flax seed.

Module 6 The Respiratory System

Influence of American physiomedicalism on the practice of western herbal medicine. The respiratory system in health and disease, including whooping cough, viral and bacterial pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and ‘red flag’ signs. Respiratory signs and symptoms of heart disease. The description, habitat, cultivation, folklore, active ingredients and medicinal properties of thyme, ribwort, mullein and elecampane. Special monographs with research overview on pelargonium, eucalyptus and ivy.

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