Botanical medicine has been the traditional method healing across countries since medicine has been recorded. This branch of medicine has evolved to the point of incredible sophistication and clinical utility. Its application can be considered a first line of treatment to adjunctive and supportive treatment or applied in conjunction with drug therapy.

From the historical perspective of tinctures to the cutting-edge applications of standardization and research at the epigenetic level, botanical medicine continues to show its value in modern health care. Through this new online course, you can now examine and study its application through an advanced clinical lens.


  • Examine the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act as it relates herbals and gain a thorough understanding of dietary supplement claims and legality.
  • Discuss and understand dosage forms (tinctures, topicals, teas, capsules, standardization and extraction methodologies)
  • Examine botanical extract including mechanism of action, application in conditions and potential interactions
  • Evaluate the act of dosing and combining botanicals with nutrients and rationale with drug therapy
  • Review specific protocols for specialty needs (ie autoimmunity, adjunct cancer support, GI health, metabolic syndrome, pain management, biotoxin exposure and hormone support)
  • Examine charts for herb drug interaction, along with monographs and studies to be provided for the learner.


James LaValle, RPh, CCN, ND(trad)
James LaValle, RPh, CCN
James LaValle, RPh, CCN, is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, and founder of Metabolic Code Enterprises, Inc.: a web platform and practice solution enterprise, which includes the unique & highly effective Metabolic Code Protocol--a preventive approach to integrative health care. Read More
Ernie Hawkins, MS, BSPHarm
Ernie Hawkins, MS, BSPHarm
Ernie Hawkins is a Masters degree pharmacist with 30 years experience in many facets of pharmacy, including retail, hospital, long-term care consulting, Nuclear pharmacy and biomedical research. Ernie has spent the last 20 years working in botanical medicine with various herbal companies in the US, then with Jim LaValle, compiling hundreds of botanical and nutrient monographs, a number of books, volumes of ancillary education and 2 databases on Integrative Medicine. Ernie helped start the East Tennessee State University School of Pharmacy program in Integrative Medicine and has taught botanical medicine topics around the world, culminating in Malaysia where he helped create GlobinMed, the global database of botanical medicine . Ernie is also a professional bassoonist and lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Read More


Exploring Clinical Application of Botanical Medicine