2021 Herbal Conferences

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Participate from anywhere and still enjoy the high-quality botanical information and continuing education credits you’ve come to rely on.
Registration features live videos with Q&A, pre-recorded presentations, in-person herb walks and field studies for local participants, a complimentary online book of notes/PowerPoints and a free set of audio recordings.
  • Location: Streaming online
  • Over 30 clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, medicine-making demonstrations, in-person Mountain Gardens Tour, Friday Field Study, and herb walks
  • Pre-conference Intensive: Targeting the Biological Terrain in Collaborative Oncology: Correlating Modern Biomarkers with Traditional Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment with Jason Miller, DACM, LAc
  • Continuing Education approved for up to 49 hours for MD, DO, ND, RN, FNP and others.

Speaker list: Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Jill Crista, Doug Elliott, Deborah Frances, Joe Hollis, Tori Hudson, Kat Maier, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, Katie Stage, Jillian Stansbury, Marc Williams, David Winston, and Donald Yance.

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium registration and CE details


At Herbal Educational Services we Cultivate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We recognize the need for increased diversity in the fields of clinical herbalism and natural medicine and are committed to creating a welcoming environment at our events that affords dignity to all.


     

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    Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

    March 26 – 28, 2021: Past event — videos, audio recordings, and the digital book are now available!

    • Location: Streaming online
    • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, field studies, a panel discussion and herb walks in the desert.
    • Pre-conference Intensive: Managing Pharmaceutical Side Effects and Discontinuance with Botanicals and other Natural Therapies with Lise Alschuler, ND
    • Continuing Education Credits approved for up to 40 hours for MD, DO, ND, RN, FNP and others.  

    Speaker list: Lise Alschuler, Paul Bergner, Deborah Frances, Lori Harger, Tori Hudson, Feather Jones, Mimi Kamp, Marianne Marchese, Heath McAllister, Kenneth Proefrock, Arianna Rodriguez, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, John Slattery, Jillian Stansbury and Katie Stage. 

    Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine program and CE details. 


    We look forward to seeing you online in 2021!

    Questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

    Southwest Conference Preview

    The 2021 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine has now passed. If you were unable to attend the conference this year, you can now enjoy the sessions on video, audio or digital book.

    Here is a sneak peek into the videos that you’ll find in our full video set

    Read the transcript for this video.

    Other sessions include:

    • COVID 19: Acute and Chronic Considerations in Naturopathic Patient Management
    • The Antiviral Materia Medica
    • Opiate Use Disorder and its Treatment from a Body-Mind-Spirit Perspective
    • Hormonal Imbalances and Gynecological Patterns
    • Panel Discussion: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

    Preview Transcript:

    Lise Alschuler, ND: As you can see in these studies, that really, across the board,St John’s Wort is decreasing the plasma level of the drug.

    Paul Bergner, CN: Because all bacteria have a large amount of their genome conserved. It’s the same.

    Deborah Frances, ND: But it was really getting at the underlying cause of what was going on. So the plantcan really helpusto open to parts of ourselves as well as others.

    Lori Harger, PHMNP: Heart rate variability is very important in terms of psychological resilience,adaptability andexecutive function.

    Feather Jones, Herbalist: Think gotukola(Centella asiatica), which is shown to stimulate T-cells by improving vitality through its energizing properties.

    Heath McAllister, ND: Scutellaria baicalensis,  I also love this herb. Potent anti-inflammatory,not really related that much to the other, Scutellaria lateriflora,in terms of its actions.

    Kenneth Proefrock, ND: Galangal, speaking of heating, moves us into a slightly different category of plant medicines. These are agents that help improve bloodflow and specifically help resolve inflammation more rapidly.

    Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG): So we see that crocin inhibits the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine, where safranalinhibits the reuptake of serotonin.

    JoAnn Sanchez, MS: There’s a wild plantain that grows here in the desert flora and it’s Plantago minorand it has a tiny little stem. So these plantains really tell us which species they are by their leaf size.

    Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG): Topical calendula preparationsare excellentfor skin healingand areanti-inflammatory. Calendula is antiseptic too and can help with Staph aureus.

    Jillian Stansbury, ND: We can classify the kinds of phytosterols that we find in plants: steroidal saponins, Isoflavones…..

    Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention

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    Working with patients to manage their weight includes prevention of weight gain, control of age-related gains and treatment of obesity. This requires a broad understanding of many factors, including insulin resistance, environmental toxicants, the gut microbiome and the effect of pharmaceuticals on weight gain. Panelists at the 2021 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, naturopathic physicians Marianne Marchese, Katie Stage, and Lise Alschuler, discussed new research, practical naturopathic interventions and specific recommendations for clinical practice. A synopsis of each presentation follows.

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    Healthy Aging Audio Series

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    An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

    • Six (6) audio recordings (1.5 – 2 hours each)
    • Digital book of notes (128-page PDF)
    • Continuing education credits for naturopathic physicians
    • Order with one click for $55 ($75 value)

    Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.


    Audio Series Details
    (See below for lecture titles and descriptions)

    One click orders all six recordings selected from the Botanical Medicine library, plus a 128-page PDF of notes. Together these provide comprehensive information on healthy aging.

    This series begins with understanding the biological aging process in Part 1 of the lecture given by Donald Yance, RH (AHG) and continues in Part 2 with a discussion of botanicals, nutrients and lifestyle recommendations to support and restore health as we age.

    Next, Lise Alschuler, ND presents a detailed overview of the consequences of a maladaptive stress response, which manifests as elevated cortisol levels, altered circadian rhythms and an increase in inflammatory cytokines. She explains how the neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, immunological and gastrointestinal effects of stress can be managed and even reversed with botanicals and diet.

    Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc provides a review of the latest scientific data on the factors leading to aging, and herbs, both from Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, shown to address these specific factors. And in a fitting wrap-up to this topic, Jill Stansbury, ND lays out the impact of diet on aging and provides tonics, teas, and smoothies that can easily be included in daily dietary routines.

    (Series price of $55 includes an 128-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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    Video Series for Clinicians: Building Immunity

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    A video series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

    • Six (6) video lectures (1.5 hours each)
    • Digital book of notes (89-page PDF)
    • Continuing education credits for naturopathic physicians
    • Order with one click for $89 ($135 value)

    Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource for health professionals and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.


    Video Series Details
    (See below for titles and descriptions of videos)

    One click orders all six videos selected from the 2020 conference season (4 videos from Medicines from the Earth and 2 from the Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine), plus an 89-page pdf of notes. Together these provide comprehensive information on the clinical management of immune conditions.

    The series begins with an overview of immunity from childhood to the elder years, followed by a more detailed look at the lymph system and the role it plays in immunology.

    Specific immune challenges are then addressed, including the influence of estrogen on autoimmunity, managing acute viral respiratory infection, a panel discussion on immune-centered illness and, finally, the latest research on managing COVID-19. (This was recorded in March 2020, just as the pandemic was spreading, so the speaker, Donald Yance, provided an update in August 2020 featuring all the latest research findings. The updated article link is included in the pdf of lecture notes for the series).

    Video presentations offer complete clinical information, with the speaker and the PowerPoint playing together in an ideal format for online learning.

    (Series price of $89 includes an 89-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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    Clinical Management of Anxiety and Depression Series

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    Verbena hastata (vervain)

    An audio series for health care providers – with continuing education for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:

    • Seven (7) audio lectures (1.5 – 2 hours each)
    • Digital book of notes (110-page PDF)
    • Order with one click for $60 ($105 value)

    Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource for health professionals and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.

    Details: This series of seven audio recordings begins with an overview by David Winston, RH (AHG) of differential treatment according to the cause: hepatic and GI-based depression, hormonal depression, GI-based anxiety and more. Tori Hudson, ND continues with a description of the fearsome twosome of anxiety and depression in women in which she prescribes select botanicals with particular attention to the influence of cortisol and other hormonal states.

    Jill Stansbury, ND emphasizes the necessity of delicate incremental therapies for those immobilized by depression, and those undergoing withdrawal from SSRIs and MAO inhibitors. She defines trophorestoratives as those herbs which nourish the whole nervous system, upon which more specific formulas are built for the individual’s situation.

    Going further than just an absence of disease, Lise Alschuler, ND gives recommendations for “Supporting Happiness and Reducing Anxiety and Depression.” And finally, Donald Yance, RH (AHG) presents a 4-hour intensive entitled “Mood Disorders: An Integrative Approach to Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Pharmaceuticals.” (Includes a 110-page PDF of lecture notes.)

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    Rosemary, Turmeric, and Lemon Balm

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    Mary Bove, ND was recently asked a question as part of the 2020 Summer Series: “What three herbs would you recommend for study by beginning students of herbalism?” In the video above she listed Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Curcuma longa (Turmeric), and Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) as a great place to start. Continue reading

    On-Demand Video Streaming

    Introducing our new on-demand, video streaming presentations on Vimeo!

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    Video presentations offer complete clinical information, with the speaker and the PowerPoint playing together in an ideal format for online learning. Continuing education credits available for all videos.

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    We thank all the speakers from this year’s conferences for adapting to this new online video format and still providing the same excellent information we have become used to at the live events.

    And to everyone who attended: thank you for making this another wonderful conference season! Here’s what a few of you had to say:

    “Thank you so much for a great webinar. So good to connect with so many even if in cyberspace! Loved all the presentations.” — D.W., Naturopathic Physician

    It has been such a great, great conference. I loved watching lectures I normally would not have invested time in-but could because of time at home and access. It made my COVID isolation brighter and happier. You and your team and the presenters really made a difference in a lot of our lives.” — J.K., Licensed Acupuncturist

    Thank you for the best conference to date. Speakers were knowledgeable with great slides.— K.C., Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist

    “I have told so many people about this conference and I’m a nurse practitioner and I tell them this is like the best conference I have ever been too!” — L.C., Nurse Practitioner

    Managing Osteopenia and Osteoporosis with Botanical Medicine

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    Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

    Our bones are powerful! I’m still amazed sometimes that these hardened structures, allowing for muscle attachments and acting as a scaffold for movement, are indeed very much alive. Right now, as you’re reading this, they are hard at work creating blood cells and maintaining their structure and intricate framework. Continue reading