In this course, you will focus on a few of the human body systems that can potentially be impacted by medicinal plants. The musculoskeletal, urogenital, and reproductive systems each have specific functions and ailments, and medicinal plants can be a useful complement to established Western medical practices. You will examine plants such as arnica, willow, turmeric, and ashwagandha, along with many others from around the world, that are used to treat the same illnesses in different ways. Through consideration of active ingredients and potential interactions, you will be able to propose appropriate choices of medicinal plants when presented with the problem of treating an illness or achieving a wellness goal.
The following course is required to be completed before taking this course:
Key Course Takeaways
Assess the effects of medicinal plants in order to evaluate their impacts on the musculoskeletal system, then choose the appropriate plants based on the symptoms of an ailment
Assess the effects of medicinal plants in order to evaluate their impacts on the urogenital system, then choose the appropriate plants based on the symptoms of an ailment
Assess the effects of medicinal plants in order to evaluate their impacts on the reproductive system, then choose the appropriate plants based on the symptoms of an ailment
Senior Research Associate and Senior Lecturer, Cornell CALS
Giulia Friso obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology and her Ph.D in Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Padua (Italy). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biochemistry at Imperial College, London (UK), and at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCSF in San Francisco. Giulia was a research scientist at the discovery unit of the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Stockholm (Sweden). She joined the Plant Biology Department at Cornell University in 2001 and is currently senior research associate and senior lecturer.
“My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students in the learning process and engage them in the process of discovery; facilitate mastery of plant biology; and help them integrate concepts of biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, ethnobotany, indigenous knowledge, and bioprospecting. I also aim to transmit my enthusiasm as a researcher and a teacher, influencing my students to commit to my course and interest them in the field of medicinal plants and drug discovery. I am deeply interested to convey a knowledge and awareness of different cultural practices, values, and beliefs, and help my students gain an understanding of their own cultural perspective.”