A new course on plant-based medicines is blossoming at DelVal

Lynne Adkins
January 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A new college course is educating students using tips you may find in your garden.

The Delaware Valley University class focuses on the healing power of plants, specifically medical marijuana, but also nearly 100 other plants with medicinal properties.  

Dr. Mingwang Liu, who will teach the class, said he'll get into the science of each plant, its cultural significance, and how it can be used.  

He cited ginger and garlic as just two examples of items that can be used in a variety of ways.

"Ginger, actually, has a lot of benefits to treat cold, flu. Garlic, you can use more as alternative antibiotics," he explained.

Your garden or kitchen may already be stocked with plants with healing properties.

In Asia and Europe, he noted, plant-based medicines are commonly used along with other alternative treatments, which can be used to promote healthy lifestyles and cut back on the high cost of Western medicine.

"Because of my cultural background, I realize that a lot of Americans overly rely on Western medicine," he added. "Not many people really know about traditional medicine or traditional therapy."

Liu encourages students and community members to sign up and learn what many oversees already understand. The course is available for the spring semester for both students and local residents.