About the Instructor
Lisa Ganora began studying traditional Western herbalism in the ‘80s. Later, she lived and wildcrafted in the Appalachians where she studied with folk healers and created herbal products to sell as she travelled the festival circuit with her herb booth. After practicing as a community herbalist for a decade, Lisa retuned to college and graduated from UNCA summa cum laude with multiple awards in biology and chemistry. After graduation she focused on studying pharmacognosy and phytochemistry.
In addition to directing the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism since 2012 and managing Elderberry’s(a Rocky Mountain herb farm and education center in Paonia, CO), Lisa has also served as Adjunct Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and has lectured and taught classes at numerous schools and conferences around the U.S. She is the author of Herbal Constituents, a popular textbook on herbal phytochemistry for natural health practitioners, which is used by schools and universities worldwide.
Lisa is available for consulting in medicinal plant chemistry, synergy, and formulation for the herbal and natural products industries.
Understanding Herbal Constituents & Plant Chemistry is now available in ten online modules. Each module is three weeks long and can be taken independently one at a time, or as the full program.
Introduction to colorful antioxidants and other constituents in the context of medicinal herbs and foods. Synergy (what distinguished botanicals from pharmaceuticals): co-evolutionary theory, types, relevance. Variability: how constituents vary with plant parts, maturity, environmental conditions, etc.; potency, standardization.
Module 2 Details:
- The Colors of Vitality: health-promoting antioxidants & active phytochemicals in medicinal foods & herbs
- Synergy: its origin in co-evolution & significance to botanical medicine
- Kinds of synergy: positive/potentiating; negative/attenuating; protective/stabilizing
- Synergy between phytochemicals & pharmaceuticals
- Variability: origins & influences
- Kinds of variability: chemotypes, plant parts, developmental stages, environment
- Determining variability in botanicals: organoleptics & analyses
- The role of standardization in managing variability
This three-week module includes:
- Three 2-hour recorded webinars with Lisa Ganora
- One live Q & A session with Lisa Ganora
- Six videos (from live classes)
- Three PowerPoint presentations
- Six detailed study guides
- Three quizzes
- Three assignments
- Access to live Office Hours & Discussion Forum
- Section 3 Assignment - PDF Format
- Section 3 Assignment - Word Doc Format
- Resource - Variability in Medicinal Plants, PDF
- Study Guide - Types of Synergy Part 2
- Video - Synergy Between Constituents and Pharmaceuticals (35:43)
- Study Guide: Variability 1
- Video - Variability 1 - Environmental Influences and Chemotypes (22:27)
- Study Guide: Variability 2
- Video - Variability 2 - Developmental Factors, Standardization (19:08)