2020 Herbal Conferences

We welcome you to the 2020 conference season! To see speakers, topics and other information, select the links below. Or for a quick summary read the post below. We look forward to having you join us in 2020!

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2020

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2020


March 27 – 29, 2020
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 

Field Studies in the desert landscape (pictured) round out the Southwest herbal conference program
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine – Desert Landscape by Mimi Kamp
  • Location: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona
  • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, herb walks in the desert and medicine-making classes in the garden.
  • Pre-conference field studies and a clinical intensive on Friday, March 27. Main conference is March 28 & 29.
  • CE application submitted and pending approval for naturopathic physicians (California). Credits pending: 13.5 hours for Saturday and Sunday, and up to 7 hours for pre-conference events on Friday.
    • Acupuncturists: Approved for 20.5 PDA points (hours) by NCCAOM. Approved by California Board of Acupuncture, CEP Provider #1552, for 20.5 Category 1 CE.
    • Naturopathic Physicians: Arizona ND application approved by SCNM CE Reviewers for 20.5 CME hours of which 13 can be pharmacy, or 11 can be pharmacy and 3 can be opioid addiction credits. Oregon ND application approved by OBNM for 20.5 credits of which 12.5 can be pharmacy and 1.5 can be ethics.
  • Exhibit hall now accepting applications. Contact us for information and questions.

Speaker list: Lydia Bartholow, Paul Bergner, Sam Coffman, Phyllis Hogan, Tori Hudson, Glen Nagel, Mimi Kamp, Marianne Marchese, Heath McAllister, Kenneth Proefrock, Mary Rondeau, JoAnn Sanchez, John Slattery, Katie Stage, David Winston and Eric Yarnell.

Registration is now open!



May 29 – June 1, 2020
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 

  • Location: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Theme: Restoring Immunological Balance

    View from the herbal medicine conference facility
    Evenings on the porch at Blue Ridge Assembly during the botanical medicine symposium
  • Over 40 clinical presentations in a beautiful mountain retreat setting.
  • Friday pre-symposium field studies and clinical intensive May 29.
  • Main event Saturday – Monday, May 30 – June 1.
  • Panel discussions, Saturday keynote address, herb walks and medicine-making classes round out the program.
  • Continuing education applications submitted for nurses*, naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists. Credits pending:
    • Naturopathic Physicians: Maximum 21.5 CME hours of which 9 hours can be pharmacy, including Friday pre-conference intensive or Mountain Gardens Tour.
    • Nurses*: Maximum 22 CNE contact hours including attendance at Friday Field Study.
    • Acupuncturists: Maximum 22.5 PDA hours including Friday Field Study.
  • Exhibit hall applications now being received. Contact us for information and questions!

Speakers: Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Chanchal Cabrera, David Crow, Doug Elliott, Christopher Hobbs, Robin McGee, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, CoreyPine Shane, Vickie Shufer, Katie Stage, Marc Williams, Jennifer Williams, David Winston and Donald Yance

* This activity has been submitted to North Carolina Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. North Carolina Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (Note: $35 charge for nursing CNE due to high cost of new application.)


  • Registration is now open!
  • Check back here for details as we develop the schedules and apply for continuing education.
  • We look forward to seeing you at an herbal medicine conference in 2020!

Thyroid Management for Clinicians

Thyroid management

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

  • Six (6) audio lectures (1.5 hours each)
  • Digital book of notes (61 page PDF)
  • Order with one click for $55 ($70 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: In this collection of thyroid presentations, Paul Bergner begins with an overview of thyroid physiology, ideal hormone balance and nutrients for the thyroid. Jason Miller’s lecture looks at the endocrine network through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine, and nutrients, botanicals and iodine for treatment. Mary Bove’s presentation centers on thyroid and women’s health, and Jill Stansbury investigates the research showing the connection between the thyroid and the reproductive system.

Kenneth Proefrock speaks about his clinical experience treating both hypo and hyperthyroid disorders, including the increasing incidence of Graves’ disease in the pediatric population. David Winston wraps it up with an extensive review of botanicals for common thyroid conditions. (See more detailed descriptions below.) Includes a digital book of lecture notes with complete references (61-page PDF). Continue reading

Arizona NDs: CME for Opioid/Addiction Requirement

SW Conference Field Study

We currently have three audio presentations approved for the opioid/addiction continuing education requirement for Arizona Naturopathic Doctors:

Approved by the SCNM continuing education committee for opioid/addiction CE.

    Instructions for Distance Learning:

    Purchase recordings online by clicking their links above, save your receipt, keep a record of CME credits earned on this certificate. It’s as easy as that! View or print CME instructions.

    Just Added! The 2020 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine will now offer three credits in opioid addiction, for a series of two lectures by psychiatric nurse practitioner and medical herbalist, Lydia Bartholow. Arizona NDs may now earn 11 pharmacy credits and 3 opioid addiction credits (pending approval).

    Please contact us with any questions about naturopathic CE.

    Gastrointestinal Health Series for the Clinician

    Gastrointestinal health herbal medicine

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

    • Nine (9) audio lectures (1.5 – 2 hours each)
    • Digital book of notes (137 page PDF)
    • Order with one click for $75 ($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: These nine audio recordings offer a wealth of advanced clinical information on the relationship of the gastrointestinal system to physical and mental health. Presented by experienced practitioners, the series covers botanicals for basic gut health and a review of herbal and nutritional gastroenterology. The first four recordings listed below include clinical recommendations for healing the gut-brain axis with botanicals, treating intestinal permeability and managing small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The final two recordings present the latest information on the vagus nerve and the brain’s effect on the gut and overall immunity. (See more detailed descriptions below.) Includes a digital book of lecture notes with complete references (137-page pdf). Continue reading

    Pain and Inflammation Education for Clinicians

    Pain and Inflammation series

    Pain and Inflammation series

    An audio series for health care providers –  bundled together in one discounted package:

    • Eight (8) audio lectures (1.5 hours each)
    • Digital book of notes (85 page PDF)
    • Order with one click for $65 ($90 value)

    Continuing education for naturopathic physicians
    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: These eight audio recordings offer the clinician valuable information to help reduce opioid use, over-use and addiction. Presented by experienced practitioners, they address botanical therapies for dampening the inflammatory response and managing types of pain (i.e. neuralgia, acute renal colic, vascular pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and radiation-induced oral mucositis). Features up-to-date information on the uses of cannabis for pain management and discusses the underlying causes of chronic pain syndrome. Includes digital book of lecture notes with complete references (85 page PDF). Continue reading

    Prevention of Cognitive Decline as we Age

    cognitive decline ginko

    This is a summary of the panel discussion at the 2018 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine with Chanchal Cabrera, RH(AHG), Katie Stage, ND, RH(AHG) and Jill Stansbury, ND, in which they addressed cognitive decline and dementia. In this wide-ranging discussion they covered botanicals and nutritional therapies for prevention, and evaluated the most commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. Continue reading

    Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & Histamine Intolerance: An Herbal Approach

    turmeric
    Curcuma Longa (turmeric)

    I always tell my patients with histamine issues, whether it’s histamine intolerance or mast cell activation syndrome, that they are “the canary in the coal mine.” The canaries were the warning sign, just like people with easily-angered mast cells warning us that our environment is changing, our genes are becoming more sensitive to pollution, and our physiology is losing its resilience to stressors of daily living. However, there is indeed hope and healing – the body can be retrained and herbal medicine offers a set of tools to help it do just that! Continue reading