We look forward to having you join us for the 2022 conference season. Registration is now open for both events!
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
March 25 – 27
Attend this conference online from anywhere. Combination of online live presentations during the conference weekend and pre-recorded video available to all participants.
Speakers: Lise Alschuler, Paul Bergner, Isla Burgess, David Eisen, Deborah Frances, Jason Hawrelak, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, Katie Stage, Jillian Stansbury, Andrea Sullivan, David Winston, and Erica Zelfand
Pre-Conference Intensive: Psychedelics: Therapeutic Uses for Psilocybin and LSD in Mental Health with Erica Zelfand, ND
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium
June 3 – 6
Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC
We are happy to announce that Blue Ridge Assembly will be open in 2022! You are invited to join us in person for another weekend in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Blue Ridge Assembly is following all CDC guidelines, so right now they are requiring indoor masking and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. They’ll continue that requirement as long as it’s warranted, and that may or may not be until June when the symposium takes place.
Speakers: 7Song, Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Ruby Daniels, Doug Elliott, Joe Hollis, Kat Maier, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, CoreyPine Shane, Katie Stage, Jen Stovall, Marc Williams, and Donald Yance (Speaker list still being finalized)
We’re honored to continue serving your continuing education needs and look forward to celebrating botanical medicine with you for the 29th year.
January’s Featured Recording: Panel Discussion: Preventing Joint Degeneration with Botanicals
Panelists in order of presentation: Jason Miller, DACM, LAC, Steven Johnson, DO, David Winston, RH (AHG) and Amanda McQuade Crawford, Medical Herbalist
Four panelists discuss joint pain caused by rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, plus prevention and treatment of a host of other musculoskeletal ailments including bursitis, Lyme disease, gout and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. From Traditional Chinese Medicine lifestyle and herbal formula recommendations to Western herbal, osteopathic and naturopathic therapies, this panel contains many useful clinical pearls which address the chronic joint inflammation so rampant in our modern world. Moderated by Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council.
December’s Featured Recording: Botanicals for Cognitive Support with Lise Alschuler, ND
Cognitive decline is on the rise in the US population and practitioners will be seeing more questions about this in the years to come. There are limited pharmaceutical options for supporting cognitive health – especially for prevention and early changes. Botanical therapies may limit the progression of cognitive changes through cerebral activation, increased cerebral blood flow, anti-oxidation, and anti-inflammation.
A review of the pros and cons of pharmaceutical approaches is included in this presentation from naturopathic physician, Lise Alschuler. Presentation includes a summary of lifestyle and nutritional therapies to support cognition, and an exploration of botanicals including Ginkgo biloba, Eleutherococcus (Ginseng), Crocus sativus (Saffron), Hericium erinaceus (Lion’s mane mushroom), Bupleurum falcatum, and Boswellia serrulata (Frankincense).
A video series for health care providers – with pharmacy hours for naturopathic physicians – bundled together in one discounted package:
- Seven (7) video lectures (1.5 hours each)
- Digital book of notes (115-page PDF)
- Pharmacy continuing education credits for naturopathic physicians
- Order with one click for $99 ($140 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.
November’s Featured Recording: New Insights into Commonplace and Undervalued Herbs with Paul Bergner, Medical Herbalist
Sometimes our most commonplace herbs, often growing abundantly around us, are overlooked in favor of newer, exotic, or imported herbs or preparations. But the commonplace “boring” herbs endure through millennia because they are reliable, potent, and versatile in their applications. In this presentation from Paul Bergner, we discuss recent research and traditional uses for Urtica, Matricaria, Althaea, Allium sativum, Plantago, Calendula, and Hypericum.
This focus on using common medicinal plants growing in our own region is more important now than ever before as climate change and overharvesting place a huge stress on wild medicinal plant populations. We can look to new and expanded uses for our common species as part of the solution to this crisis.
October’s Featured Recording: Medicinal Uses of Salvia Miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen)
This panel featuring Walter Crinnion, ND, Jillian Stansbury, ND, and Jason Miller, DACM, LAc explores Salvia Miltiorrhiza (Dan Shen or red sage). Dan Shen is considered one of the most important traditional Chinese medicines and has widespread use in Asian countries. Traditionally, it has been used to improve bodily functioning, as well as to treat bleeding, abnormal menstruation, miscarriage, swelling, insomnia, and hepatitis. More recent uses include treatment of blood vessel pathologies in the heart and brain. There was lots to discuss in this closing panel from Medicines from the Earth 2017.
This article is a part 2 to expand on additional interventions in mast cell regulation. If you didn’t read the original article, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & Histamine Intolerance: An Herbal Approach discusses different types of mast cell activation syndromes and histamine-related issues. Furthermore, this discussion relates to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and histamine-related symptoms and not mastocytosis. For ease of use, the term “mast cell issues” is used to relate to these conditions throughout the article.
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September’s Featured Recording: Types of Pain and Herbal Management Tools
This lecture by Jillian Stansbury, ND explores valuable pain management tools to counter the opiate crisis. This lecture discusses some of the most commonly encountered types of pain including musculoskeletal, neuralgic, and nociceptive pain. The mechanisms of action of selected anodyne herbs are explored and sample formulas for specific conditions are presented. Botanicals discussed include Boswelia, Vitex, Glycyrrhiza, Piper methysticum, Aloe vera and more.
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 – 2.0 hours each)
- Digital book of notes (110-page PDF)
- Continuing education credits: 10 hours for naturopathic physicians
- Order with one-click for $55 ($85 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. Continue reading