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

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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