Stage 4 Content

There are three Modules in Stage 4, each covering a different body system. Each Module is divided into six ‘Lessons’ as described under Stage 1.

Module 10 The Skin

Factors causing pain: injury; inflammation; etc. The structure and function of the skin and the lymphatic system. Various skin complaints: eczema; dermatitis; eczema; psoriasis. Skin infections of various types. Hair loss. The description, habitat, cultivation, folklore, active ingredients and medicinal properties of yellow dock, burdock, cleavers, figwort, fumitory and red clover. Special monographs with research overview on horse chestnut and licorice.

Module 11 The Hormonal & Reproductive System

Healthy Living and the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, omega-3 oils and calcium-rich foods. The hormonal and reproductive systems and their signs and symptoms of their dysfunction including the thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, and pancreatic glands. The description, habitat, cultivation, folklore, active ingredients and medicinal properties of ginseng, motherwort, white dead nettle and bladderwrack. Special monographs with research overview on Vitex agnus-castus and saw palmetto.

Module 12 The Adaptive Immune System

Herbals, current and historic, and their value to the herbalist. Overview of the body's defences: particularly, the adaptive immunity. The role of the gut microbiome in protecting against infection, auto-immunity and food allergy. The description, habitat, cultivation, folklore, active ingredients and medicinal properties of marigold, sweet violet and heartsease. Special monographs with research overview on echinacea, rhodiola and Siberian ginseng.

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