Today, 40% of prescription drugs come from, or are synthesized from, plants. In recent years, some of the most important new medicines, such as the cancer drug Taxol (derived from yew trees) originate in nature. Aspirin, an over the counter staple for more than 100 years, and derived from white willow trees, is now taken by millions to prevent heart attacks, and can potentially reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Unlike drugs, botanical medicines include the active constituent and a host of other molecules. Some of these are synergistic and can augment the medicinal effect, while others counteract or mitigate side effects. Botanical medicines are the very embodiment of the Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the healing power of nature. Their energetic qualities are particularly well defined in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda.
At SCNM, you’ll study botanical medicine in a variety of settings, learn from the field’s leading experts in the classroom, and help grow herbs in our medicinal and culinary gardens. One- to two-week herbal immersive classes are available in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains. Also, you can choose clinical clerkships that focus on botanical medicine.