About herbal medicine (HIS 02)

  • Day and time: Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00
  • Length of course: 1 term. Autumn (9 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 18
  • Start date: 13 October 2021
  • Description:

    This course looks at the use of herbs in medicine through history. Topics include the use of herbs in ancient civilisations, early medieval Britain, monasteries and Arab scholars, rivalry between surgeons, physicians and herbalists, Paracelsus, Culpeper, herbal texts and physic gardens. Later subjects from the 1800s and 1900s:- new herbal movements mainly from the US, the beginnings of modern pharmacy, the fall and rise of interest in herbalism and big Pharma's involvement with herbs. We will look at some of the important plants along the way. The final week we will discuss medicinal herbs and herbalists in Britain today. No previous knowledge assumed. The course is mainly about the Western herbal tradition.

  • Format: Lecture

  • Tutor: Christine Thirkettle
  • U3AC tutor for several years: I have a scientific background and an interest in the history of plants and gardens.

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