Preview: Restoring Mitochondrial Function through Botanicals and other Naturopathic Therapies

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)Presenter: Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)

Summary: Mitochondrial dysfunction is characterized by the reduction of energy output from the electron transport chain. Research confirms that reduced mitochondrial function is associated with nearly all chronic conditions, including neurodegenerative, psychiatric, cardiovascular, metabolic, autoimmune, cancer, chronic immune disorders and musculoskeletal. This lecture covers symptoms that are suggestive of mitochondrial concerns and testing methods to determine treatment strategies. These include botanicals specific to organ systems, nutrients and nutritional protocols to increase efficiency and restore function to mitochondria.

Excerpt from the Medicines from the Earth Symposium June 4 – 7, 2021.

2021 Herbal Conferences

If you missed our 2021 conferences, all the materials are now offered online:

ME 21 Videos
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium
Online June 4 – 7, 2021, Past event

Videos, audio recordings, and the digital book are now available!



SW 21 Video GraphicSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
March 26 – 28, 2021: Past event
videos, audio recordings, and the digital book are now available!




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

Join Doug Elliott at Herb Mountain Farm

Doug Elliot, herbalist, naturalist

Join Doug Elliott at Herb Mountain Farm in Weaversville, NC on Saturday 6/5 for a one-of-a-kind herb walk for Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium! This beloved herbalist, author, and storyteller will delight and amaze you with his practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of many useful wild plants.

As a naturalist, herbalist and storyteller, Doug Elliot knows ancient plant lore, plant riddles and even sings songs about weeds and berries. His lively, informative plant walks and storytelling sessions create special memories for attendees of the Medicines from the Earth Symposium.

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, philosopher, and harmonica wizard who has performed at festivals, museums and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN and has conducted workshops and programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Smithsonian Institution. He has trained rangers for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from Down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in N.C.

Doug regularly writes articles for regional and national magazines. He has authored five books, produced a number of award winning recordings of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV and the History Channel.

Whether he’s singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of dandelions, cawing with crows, pondering the “nature” in human nature, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, storyteller, Doug Elliott will take you on an unforgettable, multifaceted cultural tour celebrating North America’s back country. He performs a lively concert of amazing tales, lively tunes, traditional lore, outrageous personal narratives, and fact stranger than fiction. He flavors it all with regional dialects, lively harmonica riffs, and more than a few belly laughs.

For more about Doug, visit his LinkedIn profile.

Register for the herb walk and symposium.

2020 Herbal Conferences

herbal medicine conference 2020Past Herbal Medicine Conference:
Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium

  • Location: In your living room! A virtual streaming conference. Video or audio recordings now available!
  • Theme: Restoring Immunological Balance with Botanicals
  • Features 37 clinical presentations, virtual herb walks and medicine-making demonstrations
  • Friday pre-symposium clinical intensive with Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
  • Three panel discussions and Keynote address with Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)
  • Continuing Education Credits for recordings — Nurses and Naturopathic Physicians. Audio or Video:
    • Nurses: Approved for maximum 41.5 CNE contact hours*.
    • Naturopathic Physicians: Live event approved for maximum 21.5 CME hours of which 9 hours can be pharmacy. (Pending: Application submitted for up to 56.5 CME including 9.5 pharmacy hours for audio and video recordings.)

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 approved by the North Carolina Nurses Association for 31.5 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.)

Past Herbal Medicine Conference:
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: In your living room! A virtual streaming conference. Video or audio recordings now available!
  • Features clinical lectures on the applications of botanical medicine in chronic health conditions, an herb walk in the desert and a garden lecture.
  • Pre-conference Clinical intensive on Herb-Drug Interactions with Glen Nagel, ND
  • Continuing Education Credits for recordings Naturopathic Physicians. Audio or Video:
    • Arizona: Approved by SCNM CE reviewers for up to 50.5 general hours of which 13.5 can be pharmacy and 3 opioid addiction credits. 
    • Oregon: Approved by OBNM for up to 49 general hours of which 14 can be pharmacy and 1.5 ethics (for Addiction Part A).
    • CaliforniaApproved by CNDA for up to 20.5 general hours of which 13 can be pharmacy.
    • All ND CE details on this page.

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

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 (90 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

Medicines from the Earth is coming up this weekend!

Schedule with descriptions. Speaker bios.

June 3 – 6, 2017 at Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina. Schedule and registration
ote: online registration Is now closed but you are welcome to register at the door!. Directions.


Kenneth Proefrock
Kenneth Proefrock

Kenneth Proefrock explores the Future of Botanical Medicine in his keynote address, which asks how do herbalists adapt to the new scientific discoveries in medicine, both in treatment and diagnostics? Kenneth has spent his life researching new therapies for difficult-to-treat conditions using herbal medicine. LIghthearted, inspirational and informative, he engages an audience in his fast-paced presentations and leaves us with much to think about.

Roy Upton
Roy Upton
Cabrera, Chanchal
Chanchal Cabrera
Christopher Hobbs
Christopher Hobbs
Sunday morning panel: Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment: Is there a Role for Botanicals? Can botanicals work in the same way as pharmaceutical immunotherapies, stimulating the immune system to eliminate cancer? Can botanicals be used with these cancer therapies to enhance benefit?

Teresa Boardwine
Vickie Shufer
Vickie Shufer
Marc Williams
Robin McGee
Robin McGee
Doug Elliot
Doug Elliot
As a counterpoint to clinical lectures, there are also herb walks and medicine making classes. Check out the schedule here to see classes on wild fruits, herbal treats, mushroom medicine, herbal oils, woody ethnobotany, and three different herb walks led by story-teller and herbalist Doug Elliott.

David Winston
David Winston
Jason Miller
Come early on Friday, June 3 for a pre-conference event:
Native Plant and Ethnobotanical Field Study with David Winston (just two spots left!)
Preconference Intensive: The Digestive System and Neurological Health: Healing The Gut-Brain Axis With Botanical Medicine with Jason Miller.

Jill Stansbury
Jill Stansbury
Walter Crinnion
Walter Crinnion
Todd Elliot
Todd Elliot
Mary Bove
Mary Bove
Their lectures include botanicals for toxicant damage (Walter), gut permeability (Jill), children’s microbiome (Mary) and ethnobotany of mushrooms (Ethnomycology with Todd Ellliott)

Hope to see you June 3 at Blue Ridge Assembly!

North Carolina
Blue Ridge Asssembly, NC

Online registration Is now closed but you are welcome to register at the door for $399!Directions.
Find out about Blue Ridge Assembly
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2016 Herbal Conferences

herbal conference blue ridge black mountain

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, 2016
Dates: Friday June 3 – Monday, June 6
Place: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina

Over 40 presentations on the integration of botanicals with the latest medical discoveries along with medicine making demonstrations, herb walks and intensives.

Pre-conference Events: Friday, June 3:

Ethnobotanical and Native Plant Field Study with herbalist and ethnobotanist David Winston.

Healing the Gut-Brain Axis with Botanicals with Jason Miller, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Full topic listing

Continuing education at Medicines from the Earth approved for nurses, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists and pharmacists licensed in North Carolina.. All approvals now definite.

Looking forward to seeing you again in the mountains of North Carolina!

CrossCutchollasmallSouthwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, 2016   (Past Event – Thanks for making it such a great weekend! )
Dates: Friday April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016 

Recordings: Now available for download. Purchase full set of audio (mp3) recordings and speaker lecture notes in pdf.

Continuing education approved for recordings for NDs including 10 pharmacy hours.

Photo report on the conference on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you all again next year (April 7 – 9, 2017).

We hope you will join us for an herbal conference! These events are a great way to meet like-minded people and learn the latest information on botanical therapies for a variety of conditions.

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

Herbal Educational Services
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Ashland, Oregon
(541) 482-3016


Blue Ridge Assembly–more than just a hotel

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly June 2015


What keeps us coming back (since 1996!) to Blue Ridge Assembly for Medicines from the Earth?

The answers are easy: a peaceful oasis on 1200 mountainside acres, the rushing streams and the wild plants and trails so near at hand. Being able to leave our car behind and walk everywhere. You won’t find a TV in your room, or a cocktail lounge here, but you will enjoy fragrant nights with fireflies! Ahhh.

We asked some of our regular attendees what they appreciate about Blue Ridge and thought you’d enjoy their answers. (Photos courtesy 7Song were all taken at Blue Ridge Assembly)

Sweetshrub (Calycanthus)


Blue Ridge Assembly has a special ambiance that keeps me coming back.  I like the beauty, especially the creek with its soothing sound and the boulders where you can sit and put your feet in the cool running water and meditate.  The whole place just has a special feeling. — S.M.



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SCNM – A great place to hold an herbal conference

The Commons at SCNM. New sustainably built classroom and clinic building
Herb Garden
SCNM Herb Garden in full bloom (See more photos below)

Back in 1996, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) occupied a small building in Scottsdale. The school had recently opened its doors and the first Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine was held that April. We had an enthusiastic crowd of naturopathic students, health professionals, local herbalists and volunteers. Some of you may remember that first panel discussion on Saturday night, under the stars in the inner courtyard–since there was no central meeting hall large enough!

SCNM has since moved to Tempe, and is now one of the top schools in the US for training naturopathic physicians.  It is also one of the first colleges in the country to qualify for LEED certification, a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The herbal conference is an annual event here, and the profits help support the botanical medicine program at the school.

The two photos above illustrate why SCNM is such a special place: the commitment to the environment through sustainable… Continue reading