Upcoming Webinar Intensive Series: Herbal Pharmacology with Guido Masé, RH

Herbal Pharmacology with Guido Masé , RH:
This course is composed of a two part webinar series exploring the unique features of botanical constituents from the perspective of how they work in the body, how they synergize, and how they are metabolized. Participants may sign up for either or both classes. A certificate of completion will be provided for students who complete a course survey. 

Part One: Fundamentals of Herbal Pharmacology

Live Dates: 7-9pm EST, Wednesdays, November 9,16, 23, 30, 2016

Click HERE to purchase class materials and recordings for Part One

Part Two: Herbal Pharmacology: Case Based Presentations

Live Dates: 7-9pm EST, Wednesdays, February 8,15, 22, Mar. 1, 2017
Classes will also be recorded and available for participant viewing at any time.

* Registration closes 2 hours prior to live webinar start time (5:00 pm EST). Miss the cutoff? Not to fear! We can still add you in time for the next session. All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants shortly after the live event.

Part One: Fundamentals of Herbal Pharmacology
In this part of the course we will cover specific constituent classes and explore their mechanisms of action (pharmacodynamics) and their routes of absorption, metabolism, synergy and excretion (pharmacokinetics). Complete class abstracts, with summaries of key points on specific constituents, relevant outside reading, and landmark studies will be provided to registrants before class begins. Students will receive referenced powerpoint presentations for each class.

The breakdown of topics for Part One of this webinar course includes four, two hour sessions:

Session One: Intro to herbal pharmacology: mucilages, tannins, anthraquinones
Session Two: Coumarins, immune-active polysaccharides, bitter principles
Session Three: Alkaloids, pungents, aromatics and resins
Session Four: Saponins, phytosterols, flavonoids and phytoestrogens

Part Two: Herbal Pharmacology: Case Based Presentations
In the second part of this course, we will review the constituent classes we've studied in part one by watching them in action through a series of case studies. These will be focused on areas of action and pharmacodynamic mechanisms, covering a broad range of physiological areas, with a special section on herbal pharmacology in cancer therapy.

Students will leave with a practical understanding of how plant chemistry works, and be able to assess the potential pharmacodynamic actions and interactions of a given botanical based on its constituent profile. We will pay special attention to clinically relevant effects and to chemical information relevant to extraction, formulation, and absorption. This series would review these constituents in action in a case-based presentation and would be focused on areas of action and botanical spheres of influence. The constituents learned in part 1 would come in during the case reviews.

The breakdown of topics for Part Two of this webinar course includes four, two hour sessions:

Session One and Two:
Tissue-level activity of:
Gastrointestinal tract
Urinary tract
Vascular endothelium
Lymphatic channels
Hepatic effects
Epigenetic effects and Gene expression
Review of over 5 cases + special segment on herbal influences on cancer through epigenetic mechanisms.

Session Two and Three:
Tissue-level activity of:
Central nervous system
Gastrointestinal tract
Lymphatic channels / Immune cells
Hepatic effects
Hormone metabolism
Review of over 9-10 cases

Guido Masé RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences. He spent his childhood in Italy, in the central Alps and in a Renaissance town called Ferrara. After traveling the United States, he settled into Vermont where he has been living since 1996.
He is a founder, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a 501(c)(3) non-profit herbal medicine clinic and school that provides comprehensive services focused on whole plants and whole foods. He serves as chief herbalist for the Urban Moonshine, where he works on research, development and quality control for an all-organic whole-plant tincture line, offers education in herbal medicine, and works in clinical practice. He participates in herbal education at the University of Vermont, and is the author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants (Healing Arts Press, 2013) and DIY Bitters (Fair Winds Press, 2015).
Guido's teaching style focuses on conveying the interconnections within the human organism and between the organism and its surrounding ecology. Relying on clinical experience, storytelling, and scientific research, he believes that true strength flows from nature, and that herbal medicine is key to sustainable, successful living.

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