Topics, themes, messagesLearning outcomesResources, activitiesHerbs

Digestion, absorption, elimination – herbs that sooth and relax, herbs that stimulate.

The doughnut concept.

The role of polysaccharide herbal compounds. What is a carminative?

Impact of inflammation on absorption.

Consequences of two fast and too slow digestion.

Role of pharmaceutical anti acids.

The role of bitters.

Home remedy solutions for:

  • IBS
  • Hyper-Acidity
  • Constipation
  • Acute stomach infections

Feasting, fasting, celebration and new beginnings.

Physiology of fasting.

Food elimination.

Wheat and dairy, sugar.

Food as medicine eating for health.

Knowing your own patterns.

Elimination diets and allergy testing.

Controversy around fats, good fats, bad fats.

Changing of understanding in nutrition.

What do we mean by detox?

Part 1

  1. Name four ‘red-light’ signs associated digestion Change in bowel.
  2. Name three factors associated with acid reflux.
  3. Describe four kinds of laxative action.
  4. Name a food or herb that delivers each of the actions.
  5. Name three herbs that sooth the mucous membrane.
  6. Make a soothing herbal jelly.

Part 2

  1. Name 4 common food triggers of and intolerance.
  2. Quote key WHO figures relating to CV disease and diabetes.
  3. Describe how to manage a two week elimination diet.
  4. Name three herbs that help the body in the process of elimination.
  5. Describe the process of glycolysis and its relationship to fasting.
  6. Describe how to make cider vinegar.
  7. Outline some physiological consequences of fasting and ‘detox’.
  8. Make a nettle tonic.
  9. The role of iron in the body
  • CVideo lecture on digestion and herbs.
  • Video lecture on fasting and detox.
  • Nettle video.
  • Annotated links to peer reviewed journals.
  • Annotated links to annotated YouTube clips, Ted talks etc.
  • Annotated links to relevant websites.