Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2020 Video Streaming

virtual herbal medicine conference

The annual Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine was switched to a VIRTUAL format and presented starting March 27 & 28 on your computer, tablet, or smart phone!

Registration is now closed, but you will soon be able to view these events on recorded video:

Live Stream events with a chance to ask questions:

  • Pre-conference Intensive: Understanding the Herb-Drug Interaction Continuum with Glen Nagel, ND (Friday, March 27, 1 – 5:15 PM – $85)
  • Panel Discussion: Neuroplasticity and the Management of PTSD and other Mental Health Conditions with Kenneth Proefrock, ND, Katie Stage, ND and Mary Rondeau ND (Saturday, March 28, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Pacific/Arizona Time –included in your registration)
  • NEW! Added just as the conference began: Targeting COVID-19 Utilizing Unitive Medicine – Botanical, Nutritional, Dietary and Lifestyle Considerations with Donald Yance, RH (AHG) Soon to be available on audio and video.

Need continuing education hours? Up to 20.5 hours’ credit for naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists approved for this video streaming program. CE details here

Registration now closed, but video and audio recordings will be available soon!

  • All sessions were recorded: view on your own schedule in your own home or office, any time.
  • Two weeks to watch, with access to all videos during that time. 25 – 30 presentations
  • Registration price of $395 includes a set of audio downloads (link sent after the event) and digital book of lecture notes.
  • No extra charge for continuing education (except $35 for California NDs due to cost of application).

desert botanical garden PhoenixSee the full program here. 
See CE details here.

Hundreds of health professionals registered for this event, and video access instructions were sent to all who registered. Contact us if you didn’t receive the link!

Registration Now Closed! Video and audio recordings available soon on www.botanicalmedicine.org

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!

Now being offered as a virtual event! Still time to sign up!  Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine 2020

Still being offered as a live event: Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2020


March 27 – 29, 2020
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine is now Virtual!

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: In your living room! More details on streaming coming soon.
  • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, an herb walk in the desert (live!) and garden lectures.
  • Pre-conference Clinical intensive will be streamed along with the other lectures.
  • Continuing Education Credits
    • 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: 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: Approved by OBNM for 20.5 credits of which 12.5 can be pharmacy and 1.5 can be ethics.
      • California: Approved by CNDA for 20.5 credits of which 13 can be pharmacy.

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

Registration here



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: Approved for 22.5 PDA points (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 details

Sleep Management for Clinicians

sleep management, valerian root

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 (62-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: These six audio recordings offer a wealth of clinical information for restoring healthy sleep patterns. Beginning with the cytokine connection to insomnia in which Mary Bove, ND discusses how modulating specific pro-inflammatory cytokines can provide relief for sleep disruption, this series continues with a description of the healing and anti-aging powers of sleep with Christopher Hobbs, PhD and Mary Rondeau, ND. Tori Hudson, ND discusses the pandemic of insomnia and anxiety in midlife women and how to provide relief from this “fearsome twosome.” The series is rounded out by two comprehensive presentations, one by David Winston, RH (AHG) on botanical and nutritional treatments for insomnia (determining the right herbs and nutrients for the right person), and one by Kenneth Proefrock, ND on the cycles of sleeping and dreaming and their importance for overall health. Series includes a digital book of lecture notes with complete references (62-page PDF). Continue reading

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