Evidence-Based Botanical Medicine expands reach to global audience!

Didactic and online learing available today!  Course enrollement is open year round.  As a registered attendee, you have 6 months from the date you registered to complete the course before your tutition expires.                                       

What to learn the science behind botanical approaches to medicine?  This is the place for you!

  • Learn which herbs are typically recommended for an array of medical conditions frequently encountered in small animal veterinary practice.
  • Become familiar with how herbs are prepared, how they are supplied, issues related to manufacturing processes, and issues commonly found in Asian herb mixtures such as heavy metal contamination, pharmaceutical adulteration, and contamination.  
  • Recognize that Chinese herbs present a number of additional concerns, including undisclosed herbal substitutions, problems with misidentification of plants, and the inclusion of endangered plants and animals.
  • Be able to describe the mechanism of action of each herb discussed in class.
  • Know the indications, contraindications, and potential drug-­‐herb interactions for each herb discussed in class.
  • Read labels of herbal products in a natural food store or pet supply store and critically evaluate the claims, contents, and packaging.


Specific topics include but are not limited to:

1. Herbs in veterinary medicine, from ancient cultures to today’s One Health

a. Why veterinarians need to become familiar with herbal medicine, whether or not they practice it themselves

b. How herbal prescribing helps and hurts the planet; [i] ethnoveterinary botanical perspectives; endangered flora and fauna in Chinese herbs[ii] [iii]

c. Wild-crafted, cultivated, organic, and other descriptors for plants; regulations, enforcement issues, environmental impact

d. Compare and contrast Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medical, Japanese Kampo, Asian Indian Ayurvedic, Native American, European, and U.S. approaches 

e. Zoopharmacognosy:  how animals in the wild self-select medicinal plants

2. Differences between plant-based and synthesized drugs

a. Regulation, manufacturing, mechanisms, benefits, risks, and unknowns

3. Herb-drug interactions

a. Which herbs interact with which drugs, how they do so, what to look for, and how to avoid them

4. Quality control and labeling

a.       The impact of growing conditions on active constituents; standardized versus whole plant compounds; good manufacturing practices; herbal preparations including essential oils, topical agents, tinctures, powders, and capsules; what manufacturers should but often do not entail; AVMA policy on prescribing products with secret ingredients.

To be notified when registration opens, contact Linnea Chruscielski at linneac@onehealthsim.org


[i] Dey S, Saxena A, Dan A, et al.  Indian medicinal herb:  a source of lead and cadmium for humans and animals.  Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health.  2009;64(3):164-167.

[ii] Chen T-H, Chang H-C, and Lue K-Y.  Unregulated trade in turtle shells for Chinese Traditional Medicine in East and Southeast Asia:  the case of Taiwan.  Chelonian Conservation and Biology.  2009;8(1):11-18.

[iii] Buckley L.  Conference on Traditional Chinese Medicine marks shift towards global market, raises concerns about social and ecological impact.  Worldwatch Institute website.  Obtained at http://www.worldwatch.org/node/47 on December 14, 2008.

If you’re frustrated with “in-the-box” solutions and you’re ready to enhance your skillset as a medical professional or veterinarian, we welcome you to join us.

Together, we can change medicine.