Other Antimicrobial Drugs and Chinese Medicine

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This seminar will spend quite a bit of time discussing antivirals used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), coronavirus, herpes, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and some hepatitides. Additionally, antifungal, antiprotozoal, and anthelminthic (anti-worm) agents will be discussed. These discussions will, by necessity, also include life cycles of many of these of these pathogens. Within each type of agent, we will examine functions, red flag issues, mechanisms of action, adverse effects, and any potential interactions. This will be a fascinating exploration of some frequently treated conditions by Chinese medical practitioners as well as some that are quite uncommon. They may be uncommon, but they are still very interesting…

Course Goals

A participant will be able to:

  1. Understand how antimicrobial drugs and herbs interact
  2. Identify the most common antimicrobial drugs with potential for drug-herb interactions
  3. Explore how major antimicrobial drugs act on the body
  4. Protect oneself from potential medico-legal issues arising from interactions
  5. Understand the basics of microbial biology.