As a general rule, herbalists prefer to study plant parts, so it was a real challenge to create an anatomy course that wouldn’t drive our students crazy — while easing them towards mastering the basics. I hope it isn’t too bold to announce that we’ve just added a fun anatomy course!
This is a study in gross anatomy, leading the way to physiology and therapeutics. Students will learn the structure and terminology of the skeletal system, the muscles, and the circulatory system through computer animations, models, games, discussion, lectures from UCBerkley and others, various reading materials and practice work on a 3D anatomy model.
To keep things interesting we take some detours into what can go wrong. For example, students will witness what happens to the anatomy in carpal tunnel syndrome and varicose veins.
This is the first of several modules in anatomy and physiology. We will complete gross anatomy with an upcoming module, Anatomy 102.
The objective isn’t so much to memorize a lot of terms as it is to develop concepts of how the parts of the body work together and where they are located. We do think its beneficial for herbalists to be able to speak and understand the language of the medical field. Especially where progress is being made integrating conventional medicine with herbalism.
Note: We’ve had a heart-felt request from one our students to add the course in herb gardening next. Watch for that announcement.