Location: Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC or join us online!
Pre-conference Intensive with Donald Yance, CN, RH (AHG): Optimizing Physical Performance and Recovery with Botanicals
Keynote Address with Mary Bove, ND: Inspired by Herbs: A Herbal Journey of a Modern Day Herbalist
Post-symposium Online Intensive with Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG): Natural Treatment of Prostate Conditions: Blending Western Herbal Practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Speakers: 7Song, Rebecca Beyer, Teresa Boardwine, Mary Bove, Doug and Todd Elliott, Kat Maier, Jason Miller, Kenneth Proefrock, Vickie Shufer, Jillian Stansbury, Lucretia VanDyke, Marc Williams, David Winston, Donald Yance, and Eric Yarnell
The human body is a complex and interconnected system, where various organs and systems communicate with each other to maintain homeostasis. An area of research that has gained attention in recent years is the exploration of the GI-Skin-Brain axis. This axis refers to the bidirectional communication between the gastrointestinal (GI) system, the skin, and the brain.
Increasing evidence shows that an imbalanced gut microbiome can induce inflammatory skin diseases.35 This offers a likely approach for improving skin conditions, by the modulation of the gut microbiome. Understanding the intricate connections within this axis provides valuable insights into addressing the root cause of any dysfunction that may occur here. Continue reading
February’s Featured Recording: Five Allies for Our Times with Kat Maier, RH (AHG)
In this class, herbalist Kat Maier explores the wonderful medicine of Lobelia (Lobelia inflata), Poke (Phytolacca americana), Prickly Ash (Xanthoxylum americanum), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) and Black Cohosh (Actea racemosa) and how appropriate they are for these challenging times. We learn their sacred language through chemistry, medicine making and a brief plant journey. (Catalog Number 19ME04)
This class takes you on a beautiful botanical journey with Kat Maier. You can join Kat in person at this year’s Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium (May 17-19) in Black Mountain, NC! Kat will teach a class on Botanical Analogs for At-Risk Medicinals, and you can join for her beloved plant walk on Establishing Plant Relations.
The information in these materials is provided as a research resource for health professionals and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner. This is especially important in the case of low-dose botanicals like Phytolacca.
As 2023 wound down to a close, I reached out to an old friend,Mary Bove, ND, a visionary and trailblazer in clinical herbalism. We had a conversation about what 2024 may bring to our community of practitioners, including what she’s thinking about, and what she’s planning for. She obliged by reflecting on the evolving tapestry of holistic health as she sees it: growth mindset, the importance of nature, connecting with plants, and forgotten inner wisdom, illuminating the path forward for the coming year.
For 30 years we’ve been dedicated to providing the highest quality herbal education and are committed to ensuring these resources are available long into the future. So, starting on February 1, 2024, you will see a small change reflected in our pricing at BotanicalMedicine.org – audio recordings will increase to $11.99 each, videos to $23.99 each, and full video sets to $369.
To thank you for your understanding and continued support, on February 1 we’ll also provide a coupon for one free $23.99 video per customer, and a new audio recording program: Buy 3, Get 1 Free. This will replace our Free* CE Program, and will allow you to choose your own free audio recording when buying 3 or more.
Free Video Recording starting February 1
As a thank you, we’re offering a free video recording to each customer. One coupon per customer.
Steps to Free Video Recording:
Browse our video library and click on an individual video recording you’d like to receive for free.
The link will bring you to Vimeo where our videos are housed. Click the “Buy $23.99” button.
You’ll be prompted to create a Vimeo account (for free) or login to your existing.
At checkout, enter promo code TY24 and you will receive the $23.99 video for free.
Buy 3, Get 1 Free on Audio Recordings
Explore our expansive audio library of clinical botanical medicine presentations. When you purchase 3 or more audio recordings, you receive 1 for free starting February 1!
January’s Featured Recording: Panel: Clinical Approaches to Immune-Centered Illness with Mary Bove, ND; Chanchal Cabrera, FNIMH, RH (AHG); and Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG), FABNG
This dynamic panel begins with Mary Bove outlining the evolution of the understanding of the immune system in the last 3-4 decades. She describes current tools for evaluating the relationship between the gut/microbiome and the immune system and the importance of establishing a connection with the patient. Kitchen recipes for immune tonics close this segment.
Next, Katie Stage covers autoimmune conditions in an informational PowerPoint which covers patient assessment, useful labs and an outline of treatment approaches. These include decreasing triggers, improving vitality, decreasing inflammation, facilitating a healthy microbiome and decreasing toxic medication effects.
Finally, Chanchal Cabrera outlines the layers of the immune system and useful botanicals at each stage of mobilization. This begins with barrier immunity, which provides an instant response to an assault. The innate immune system then comes into play with a non-specific response involving the mobilization of white blood cells. And finally, a specific adaptive response addresses the particular pathogen. A lively Q&A session follows. (Catalog Number 20ME31)
Sleep may be the foundation on which all aspects of health are built, and in the clinic it has become an increasingly important topic. When practitioners help patients sleep better, it strengthens all areas of patients’ physical and mental health. As global sleep expert, Matthew Walker, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, famously said: “Nearly every disease killing us later in life has a causal link to lack of sleep.” Continue reading
December’s Featured Recording: Healing Sleep with Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc
In this presentation, herbalist and acupuncturist, Christopher Hobbs, describes the contemporary research on the function and importance of sleep for health and longevity, and natural remedies and lifestyle choices for optimizing sleep. We discover what factors can reduce sleep quality (such as drugs and alcohol, which can sedate but also interfere with delta and REM phases of sleep).
Then we explore specific conditions that impact the quality or quantity of healing sleep hours such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome and other sleep disorders. Christopher presents treatment principles and botanicals from Western herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for a variety of sleep conditions in this comprehensive lecture. (Catalog Number 15SW20)
The legacy of Herbal Educational Services, Medicines from the Earth, and the Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine has taken root over the past three decades. Founded by Linnea and Larry Wardwell in 1993, with Ric Scalzo as an early contributor and mentor, their website BotanicalMedicine.org has nurtured the herbal community for the past 30 years by sowing the seeds of knowledge and connection across disciplines and modalities of clinical herbalism practice.
The first event was held in Ashland, Massachusetts, then moved to an extension campus of Boston University, which led to an island off the coast of Maine, then to venues in Oregon, and finally to Black Mountain, North Carolina, and the Sonoran University in Tempe, Arizona where herbal tradition and science are celebrated twice annually, bringing together a network of practitioners that now extends across the globe.
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. Please check your continuing education records to ensure you have not previously earned credits for these presentations.
November’s Featured Recording: Panel: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention with Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, Marianne Marchese, ND and Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG), FABNG
One of the challenges of this century is the prevalence of obesity and weight gain in our patients. They want to lose weight, but where do they start? These experienced practitioners describe their approaches using herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, dietary and lifestyle modifications and awareness of the effect environmental chemicals can have on our endocrine system. We also mention the most common weight-loss medications and their drawbacks and side effects. (Catalog Number 21SW20)
October’s Featured Recording: Longevity Elixirs, Foods & Recipes with Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)
Foods rich in phytochemicals can slow down aging, support collagen, reduce oxidative stress, nourish skin and build resiliency and vitality in the body. Learn to work the longevity herbs into something delicious and nutritious in this hands- on session with Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG).
Quite a bit of mixing and blending punctuate Teresa’s joyful presentation of her favorite recipes. These include Blueberry Kudzu pudding, Emperor’s Reishi Elixir, Detox Tonic Turmeric Shot and more! Support longevity by incorporating these foods and beverages into daily menus for their anti-aging, collagen building, nootropic, restorative and antioxidant effects. (Catalog Number 19ME27)
September’s Featured Recording: Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive and Collaborative Approach with Jason Miller, DACM, LAc
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and, as men live longer, they are more likely to develop the disease. In general, prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer, and many men diagnosed with low-grade disease are recommended to follow an approach called “‘watchful waiting.” Watchful waiting entails allowing time to pass while monitoring the PSA at regular intervals, and most men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer will die with the disease, rather than from it.
In this presentation, Jason Miller explores prostate cancer risk factors, assessment protocols, treatments and their related side effects, and holistic therapeutics including botanicals. A botanical medicine approach can play a powerful role in managing symptoms, regulating androgen metabolism, and slowing disease progression. (Catalog Number 20ME21)
August’s Featured Recording: Herbal Allies for Nourishing the Emotional Heart with Deborah Frances, ND
Keeping our hearts open but protected can be a challenge, especially in these chaotic, often heartrending times. Yet it is only from the heart that we have any hope of healing our relationships with ourselves, with others, and with all creation. Plants are invaluable allies in aiding us in this endeavor.
They can heal us, teach us and guide us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. In this presentation, naturopathic physician Deborah Frances explores herbs that nourish and support the emotional heart. Herbal allies include hawthorn, cactus (night-blooming cereus), Aralia spp (spikenard), passionflower, pine, Leonurus (motherwort), Alchemilla (lady’s mantle), and frankincense. (Catalog Number 21SW06)
Herbalist, naturopath, and much revered teacher and elder, Dr. Bill Mitchell once said, that through the process of photosynthesis, plants just naturally bring light into physical form, making them invaluable allies for those who proceed along a spiritual path. Indeed, I know of no tradition in which plants do not play a part.