Sun Nov 24 13:56:00 CST 1996

Presented by Dr. James A. Duke in cooperation with the
Department of Plant Biology and the College of Life Sciences

HELD at the University of Maryland from 21-24 January 1997


Beginning in 1997, noted ethnobotanist Dr. James A. Duke will present a series
of short courses for health care practitioners on the importance of medicinal
plants. The Department of Plant Biology is pleased to announce that his first
course, Medical Botany, will be given on the College Park Campus from January
21-24, 1997. During this inaugural course, Dr. Duke, collaborating with three
different offices of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will introduce
participants to some of the pros and cons, indications and counterindications,
of fifty of the most commonly used herbs in the United States.

Via computers and/or computer printouts, participants will be introduced to
his Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases developed over the last decade.

One section of the database enumerates the bioactive amino acids, fatty acids,
minerals, phytochemicals, vitamins, and other compounds reported for most of
the important culinary, edible and medicinal plants of interest in the United
States, and, where possible, gives quantitative data on these. Another section
catalogs the published activities of these compounds, and where known,
required "dosage" levels. Yet another section catalogues some 100,000 folk
medicinal uses of medicinal plants of the world.

After a general review of botany, Dr. Duke will also introduce participants to
each of the fifty most important herbs for sale in the United States. He will
discuss several ethnic approaches to herbal medicine (e.g. African,
Amerindian, Arabic, Ayurvedic, Chinese, etc.) and indicate which of these are
working their way into American markets. These data will be discussed in light
of some formulations already appearing in health food stores. Participants
will learn how to consult the database and see which foods, spices, and
medicinal herbs have the greatest quantities of useful compounds (and of
compounds for which toxicity data are available). Participants also will be
guided through an exercise in which they determine which herbs have the most
proven promise for various maladies, and will access competing herbs.

Using examples from the database, participants then will be exposed to new
concepts embraced by aromatherapeutic, food farmacy, herbal, homeopathic,
nutraceutical, and phytochemical approaches to alternative medicines. As one
exercise, each participant will be assigned a table of the phytochemicals,
each participant representing a different herbs. As a group exercise, it will
be determined which herbs hold the most promise for several indications.

At the conclusion of the course, the participants will mentally compare
pharmaceutical drugs and herbal alternatives for fifty or more specified
ailments. Then they will ponder the unanswered but answerable question. Which
is better for, e.g. Alzheimer's, BPH, Cataracts, etc. Particpants will be
presented with a table listing 100 herbal indications for which there are both
herbal and phramaceutical approaches, with the conclusion that until we have
had comparative head-on clinical trials of the herbal (millenial) and
pharmaceutical (centennial) medicines, America cannot be sure which is the
best medicine.

Cost: $300.00 ($150 for UMCP students and faculty) by 10 Jan 1997. Please make
check payable to the University of Maryland Foundation, Inc. You must withdraw
from the course prior to 13 Jan 1997 to obtain a refund minus $25.00
processing fee.

This program is an activity of The University of Maryland Foundation, Inc. The
funds raised will be administered by The University of Maryland Foundation,
Inc. for the benefit of the College of Life Sciences.

For more information contact:

     Dr. L. Jack
     College of Life Sciences
     1122 Symons Hall
     University of Maryland
     College Park. Maryland 20742
     Phone: (301) 405-0316
     FAX: (301) 314-9949
     ljack at

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James L. Reveal (MARY)
jr at

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