Dr. Antoine Al-Achi attended pharmacy school in Syria in the 1970s and – like most schools in Europe – was way ahead of the curve when it came to learning about botanicals and holistic health.

“It was rooted in my brain, so to speak,” says Al-Achi, who earned his doctorate. in Biomedical Sciences from Northeastern University. “I was 18 or 19 when I learned all of these techniques and they stayed with me. I firmly believe that as the pharmaceutical field advances, today’s students need to know more about this area. You have sat at a lecture here or there, but that is not enough for a practitioner to really help his patient in this area. “

Al-Achi, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Campbell Adult & Online Education are working together to advance this growing field by offering an online Certificate of Completion in Botanical and Holistic Health – a 12-credit-hour program that is post Provides professionals with the skills and knowledge to positively influence patient wellbeing through integrative / holistic health.

Campbell hopes to start the program this year and is currently accepting students.

Participants in the program will learn more about herbal and herbal supplements, discover herbal remedies that are used as alternative solutions to treat and prevent disease, and learn about the therapeutic effects and dosage forms of the most commonly available herbs and natural products. The program also provides an overview of Eastern philosophies and “complementary modalities” such as meditation, music therapy, energy work and chiropractic are discussed.

“It’s a great program for professionals who want to learn more about the herbal and nutritional supplements available, as well as modalities like meditation, yoga, traditional Chinese medicine, and even prayer,” said Al-Achi. “There have been thousands of studies and books on these subjects. Many studies show that those who pray regularly are in better overall health. We’ll look into that. “

Dr. Michael L. Adams, dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, said the increasing appreciation for alternative therapies, self-care, and holistic health offers professionals an opportunity to improve the well-being of their community.

“A working knowledge of natural products and complementary modalities offers helpful alternatives that can be used to improve general well-being,” said Adams.

Dr. Beth Rubin, dean of adult and online education, said the program builds on the expertise of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and provides a science-based approach to understanding botanical solutions for health programs and other aspects of holistic health.

“AOE’s excellent online education enables us to design and deliver a world-class online program that is interactive, student-centered,” said Rubin, “and that is flexible enough to meet the needs of professionals.”

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