About the Instructor
Sam has worked with herbs since 1987 and formally as a clinical herbalist for over 15 years. He served in the military for 10 years of which 6 were as a US Special Forces Medic (aka Green Beret Medic). He is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, a Wilderness EMT (WEMT), and a Wilderness First Responder instructor.
Sam is the founder of The Human Path/Herbal Medics Academy and co-founder of Herbal Medics which is the school's outreach organization that works with underserved communities.
His primary goal has become the creation of an integrative medical model that embraces both vitalistic and mechanistic aspects of herbalism into a collaboration with orthodox and energetic models of diagnosis and treatment, to include orthodox western medicine. To this end, he has created and co-created nearly 2000 hours of pathophysiology-based herbal medicine curriculum, and led hundreds of herbal clinics in remote, austere, post-disaster and underserved areas. Also as part of integrating orthodox medicine with plant medicine, Sam regularly works as an herbalist with, teaches with and instructs doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, nurses, and other licensed health care practitioners.
In this information-packed online course, Sam Coffman presents weekly videos and lessons that gives students a comprehensive look at both herbal and orthodox wound & soft tissue injury management, and infection control. This course is highly useful for beginner and clinician alike, at home, in the clinic and in the field.
In addition to videos and lectures, there will be two live Q & A sessions. The total number of video and lecture time of this course exceeds 10 hours.
Using both lecture format (power point & whiteboard) and demonstration video, Sam will demonstrate and explain several vital concepts that range from herbal and basic first aid at home to wound and infection management in austere or post-disaster conditions.
Topics covered in this highly informative course include:
- The stages of wound healing and how that relates to botanical medicine
- Wound irrigation
- Checking for neuro, circulatory and connective tissue damage
- Identifying and working with hypovolemic and psychogenic shock – orthodox and herbal.
- Demonstrations and comparisons of orthodox and botanical wound closure techniques at home and in the field such as: Glues, staples, sutures, steri-strips, poultices, plasters, bandaging – to include when each is most appropriate in the field
- Orthodox product explanations and reviews such as: Collagen powder, Chitosan, Calcium Alginate, Sodium Chloride, various bandage and dressing options, Medihoney and more.
- Herbal explanations and case studies including dozens of herbs, honey, water-based poulticing and plastering techniques, salves and oil-based wound healing
- Working with burns and blisters
- Wound tunneling and packing wounds
- Understanding wound management as an art and a science
- The colors of a wound
- Identifying, monitoring and working with wounds that are too wet, or too dry
- Identifying and understanding infection
- Biofilms and antibiotic resistant bacteria
- Increasing angiogenesis and microcirculation using herbs
- Working with rather than against inflammation
- Restoring scar tissue
In addition to the live lectures, students will have access to an online classroom with downloadable videos of the lectures (for students who miss live lectures), handouts, supplemental information, forums, assignments, quizzes and more.
Students who complete all assignments and quizzes with a passing grade will receive a certificate of completion.
- Video #1 - Intro and Plant Walk
- Video #2 - Course Overview
- Slides for Lecture/Video #2 - Course Overview
- Video #3 - Overview of Skin A & P
- Slides for Lecture/Video #3 - Skin A & P
- Video #4 - Overview of Immune System A & P
- Slides for Lecture/Video #4 - Immune System A & P
- Video #5 - First Aid
- Slides for Lecture/Video #5 (First Aid)
- Video #6 - Demonstration of CSM Check (First Aid)
- Video #7 - Stages of Wound Healing
- Slides for Lecture/Video #7 (Stages of Wound Healing)
- Video #8 - Wound Colors and Exudate
- Slides for Lecture/Video #8 - Wound Colors and Exudate
- Video #9 - Wound Closure Methods
- Slides for Lecture/Video #9 - Wound Closure
- Week 1 Quiz
- Video #10 - Wound Poulticing Demo Part 1
- Week 1 Slides (Zip File)
- Week 2, Lecture #1
- Week 2, Lecture 1 Slides
- Week 2, Lecture #2
- Lecture 2 Slides
- Week 2, Lecture #3
- Lecture 3 Slides
- Week 2, Lecture #4
- Lecture 4 Slides
- Nervine Chart
- Student-Submitted Case Study: Parrot wound (Pics at the bottom)
- CORRECTION TO LECTURE #4 - GELSEMIUM
- Week 2 Quiz
- Week 2 Slides - Zip File
- Week 3, Lecture #1 - Arterial Ulcers
- Lecture #1 Slides
- Week 3, Lecture #2 - Venous Ulcers
- Lecture #2 Slides
- Week 3, Lecture #3 - Diabetic Ulcers
- Lecture #3 Slides
- Week 3, Lecture #4 - Pressure Ulcers
- Lecture #4 Slides
- Week 3, Lecture #5 - Lymphatic Ulcers
- Lecture #5 Slides
- Week 3, Lecture #6 - Wound Tunneling
- Lecture #6 Slides
- Week 3, Lecture #7, Case Studies
- Lecture #7 Slides
- Bone Fractures and Herbs
- Final Quiz
- All Week 3 Slides (zip)