Ayurvedic Ethnobotany is a collection of plant wisdom which existed within the Pre-vedic, Vedic, Medieval and British eras. This course discusses how different herbs and plants were utilized in particular cultural contexts during different timelines successfully. Furthermore, this class includes references to rare textbooks and major and minor primary textbooks surrounding herbal medicine. Ethnobotany itself is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous plant life. The importance of plant energetics is highly prized and understood in Ayurveda, as these special plants are the prime materials used in treatment protocols. But, not only should we examine the medicinal properties of these plants, we must understand the multifaceted resources they provided, and how they possess spiritual, religious, and industrial significance.
Plant biodiversity may be nature’s greatest gift to humankind, and it is important to perpetuate this wisdom to our Ayurvedic students as they will be working closely with what these plants have to offer. For example, students will learn the ethnobotanical importance of common plants such as Neem, Lotus, and more. Lastly, the modern Ayurvedic practitioner must strive to preserve, sustain, and utilize the beauty and intelligence that these remarkable plants continue to carry. Ayurvedic Ethnobotany course covers Ethnobotany from following eras:
- Pre-vedic India
- Vedic India
- Medieval period and Moghul Empire
- British India
Dates: Schedule Posted Here!
Instructor: Dr. Bharat Vaidya
Class format: In-person in Superior, Colorado near Boulder
Credits: 1 Credit
Text Book(s)/Notes: Students will receive PowerPoint notes prior to class