Last night was interesting. Background: I love to purchase things on clearance. While I was pregnant with my daughter, I bought a LOT of things for her from the clearance aisle. One of which is a bus that helps learn the numbers and letters. Last night, my daughter pulled it out of her closet and into her fort to play with it. My son, of course, tried to climb in there to play with her (there is only room for one child). I decided to run and make the bed while I could and came out to my daughter running out, scared. I guess she found the power button on the bus and my son was in heaven. It beeps, the lights flash, all kinds of stuff so she thought the toy was possessed and wanted nothing to do with it. On the bright side, by the time we were ready to go to bed, she was willing to touch it. LOL I'll go check on my ant hills once one or both take a nap. My herbs instructor responded to my lab and said I did a really good job! He said it would work perfectly and it sounded like it tastes good. I have already added the recipe to the herbarium entries for the herbs in question. This means I can't post the updated licorice herbarium, though I don't think that one is done yet anyway. All 3 will be posted after the semester ends. I got one of my quizes done last night. I did pretty good on it but I don't know the final result because of the essay. I only missed one of the multiple choice which is good since there were some trick questions on there. Today, I need to get my chemistry post done. I was able to do SOME reading and discovered the answer to the prompt is in my Ganora book and it counts as an external source because it's not a text book so I can just go over to PubMed to answer the extra credit question. LOL It will only take 1 sentence to answer the question so I'm need to find some good information to add since my other classmates have already answered. I really prefer to be first! I looked at those questions back on Thursday and just felt so overwhelmed.
These other actions, the book mentions them but doesn't define them. Since these are mentioned in the school-written course materials, I think I'll provide feedback on these in the course survey.
Refrigerant probably refers to the cooling nature of the herb. This is something which refers to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM believes like things heal. So, if you have a "cold" problem, you use a "cold" herb. This was explained to me really well by a teacher last semester who uses it in his practice. Hot and cold are the two most common but there are others - stimulant and relaxant, for example.
Anti-ulcer (peptic) clearly helps with peptic ulcers. In some cases, they know what action makes this work, in others, they don't. An example of this working is coating it in mucous so it can heal.
Antiscorbutic means it works against scurvy.
Pectoral means "relating to the chest" which probably means in this case, it's good for the respiratory system and other chest-related things such as the heart. This is just a guess until I find a reliable source.
I have gotten a lot done already and still have a lot to do so I will end here. I need to get that post done and redo that one quiz until I get a 100. Tomorrow, I will begin working on the list of constituents. Have a great day!
Active Constituents: Mills and Bones (2010) list flavonoids, phenolic acids, triterpenoid saponins, phytosterols, carotenoids, and lipids. a saponin that accounts for the expectorant action, some mucilage, resin, and glycosides that have a mild antiseptic action when heated. (Class Lesson, Herb 502) Hoffman (2003) Saponin glycosides; coumarins and hydroxycoumarins; carboxylic acids; triterpenoids
I am currently a student at American College of Healthcare Sciences earning my Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine. This blog is my journey of juggling mom-life with student life. My husband is a truck driver so I'm essentially a single mom all but 3 days a month. It's a challenge but we will get through this. I complete this degree on 18 December 2019 and will take one additional semester and then be done for a while. My children need more attention from their mommy but I can't wait on getting this education done. I will do what I must for now.