TCM Herbology
Chinese herbology is the world’s most sophisticated medical herbal system. The TCM Herbology curriculum includes extensive training in the identification, categorization and clinical use of the traditional Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. Six trimesters of in-depth herbology study provide you with a solid working knowledge of more than 500 individual herbs and more than 350 classical and modern formulas. Advanced courses instruct you how to modify and enhance classical formulas in response to specific variants in a patient’s diagnosed condition. All herb courses are taught using the Pinyin names of herbs.

Jeffrey Pang, L.Ac.

Department Chair

Chinese herbology is the world's most sophisticated medical herbal system. The TCM Herbology curriculum includes extensive training in the identification, categorization and clinical use of the traditional Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. Six semesters of in-depth herbology study provide you with a solid working knowledge of more than 400 individual herbs and more than 350 classical and modern formulas. Advanced courses instruct you how to modify and enhance classical formulas in response to specific variants in a patient's diagnosed condition. All herb courses are taught using the Pinyin names of herbs.

Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Required Courses]
Introduction to HerbsMHB 101 116
TCM Herbology I-IIIMHB 201, MHB 301, MHB 4019144
TCM Formulas I-IIMHB 501, MHB 601696
TCM DieteticsMHB 530232
TCM Patent MedicinesMHB 6201.524
Herbal-Pharmaceutical Drugs InteractionsMHB 7000.58

Introduction to Herbs

MHB 101
1 Units 16 Hours

In this course, students will receive an overview of the history, philosophy and practice of herbal medicine. This will include product manufacturing, botany, dosage forms, and pharmacy practices.

 

After completing this course, students will be able to begin their formal studies of traditional Chinese herbal medicine with a deeper understanding of its philosophy, as well as how to integrate their knowledge into a successful modern clinical practice.

Prerequisite:
None

TCM Herbology I-III

MHB 201, MHB 301, MHB 401
9 Units 144 Hours

This three-semester course sequence provides students with knowledge of TCM herbology, including general theory, treatment methods, categorization, taste, temperature, entering meridians, indications, and the laws of herbal combining. Students will learn over 350 single herbs, including clinical use, contraindications, and methods of preparation and delivery. Current research in the field of TCM herbology will augment lectures. This knowledge will serve as a foundation for the TCM Formula courses.

Prerequisite:
MHB 101, Introduction to Herbs

TCM Formulas I-II

MHB 501, MHB 601
6 Units 96 Hours

The art of Chinese herbology lies in the practitioner’s ability to combine herbs into a balanced formula tailored to meet each patient’s singular pattern of signs and symptoms. During this two-semester course sequence in TCM Formulas, students will implement the knowledge they have acquired in the single herbs courses, and TCM differential diagnosis, to understand how a formula is designed. The formulas are taught in functionally related categories. Students will study approximately 250 herbal formulas including, formula composition, functions, clinical indications, modifications and contraindications.

Prerequisite:
MHB 201, TCM Herbology I; MHB 301, TCM Herbology II; MHB 401, TCM Herbology III

TCM Dietetics

MHB 530
2 Units 32 Hours

Since the beginning of TCM, great physicians understood the profound influence of diet on human health. This course introduces theories of TCM dietetics and surveys the TCM functions and properties of common foods, the dietary programs appropriate for the treatment of prevalent TCM disharmonies, and their effect on health and longevity. Effective food combinations and recipes are provided for the treatment of common diseases, and to enhance general well being.

Prerequisite:
MHB 201, TCM Herbology I; MHB 301, TCM Herbology II; MHB 401, TCM Herbology III

TCM Patent Medicines

MHB 620
1.5 Units 24 Hours

This is an invaluable course for students and every clinician using herbal pills and prepared solutions. The course covers major TCM syndromes and the patent herbs used to treat them. The lectures include the differential analysis of patent herbs used for the same diagnosis, recommended dosages for both adults and children, and contraindications. Much of the information presented is derived from various Chinese texts and clinical expertise, and will not be found in any textbook. Upon completion of this course, students will understand the functions of over 150 prepared Chinese patent herbs and solutions and how to properly prescribe them.

Prerequisite:
Completion of one of the following: MHB 501, TCM Formulas I; MHB 601, TCM Formulas II

Herbal-Pharmaceutical Drugs Interactions

MHB 700
0.5 Units 8 Hours

This course addresses the increasing concern among the medical community, including TCM practitioners who prescribe medicinal herbs, regarding toxic biomedical interactions between pharmaceutical drugs and natural products, such as Chinese medicinal herbs. The course reviews the biomedical nature of herbs and the potential interaction between them and commonly used pharmaceutical drugs and nutritional supplements. The course includes the critical analysis of literature and research reports of herb/drug interactions.

Prerequisite:
MHB 201, TCM Herbology I; MHB 301, TCM Herbology II; MHB 401, TCM Herbology III; MWM 620, Pharmacology
 

Electives

Electives are offered based on faculty availability and student interest.
Course TitleCodeUnitsHours
[Elective Courses]
Herb WalkMEL 4830.58

Herb Walk

MEL 483
0.5 Units 8 Hours

Join highly experienced faculty and herbologists on an herb walk at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden or the Henry Cowell Fall Creek State Park in Felton to learn how to identify important medicinal plants used in Chinese medicine. You will walk one to two miles on mostly flat terrain and dirt trails seeing over a dozen medicinal and/or edible species such as: Huckleberry, Aralia (a relative of ginseng), Nettles, Lemon Balm, and Asarum, a local variety of XiXin.

Prerequisite:
None