The next time you have an upset stomach or a patch of dry skin, you may want to think about what types of plants would be helpful instead of your normal over-the-counter medicine. There's a wide variety of medicinal plants that you might want to consider, such as ginger, chamomile, or cassia for the digestive system, and aloe, tea tree, or marigold for the skin. If you're aware of the appropriate ways to use them, these types of herbs can be effectively combined with the medicines with which you are already familiar. 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. This course will help you to be more confident when discussing these types of treatment options with your primary care physician.
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 digestive 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 epidermal 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.”