Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium 2020

Presented by video streaming starting on May 29 & 30, 2020

Due to the current situation and closure of Blue Ridge Assembly, the symposium is now converted from an in-person event to a VIRTUAL format (video streaming). The same speakers and topics, the same continuing education credits and there is still time to register!

We have created a multi-faceted experience that gives participants access to all lectures by video stream, a full set of audio recordings and the digital book of lecture notes and PowerPoints. See the list of presentations here.

Registration: $399

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Symposium is now offered online:

  • Video streaming of all 39 lectures, panels and demonstrations starts on May 29 and can be viewed any time for 14 days for the same number of CE credits already approved. Choose when to watch on your own schedule!
  • The pre-conference intensive, keynote and panel discussions are presented by live video stream with questions from the audience (see schedule below). The videos will also be recorded for later viewing if you can’t attend the live event.
  • Participants also receive a complimentary set of audio downloads and the digital lecture notes book.
  • Continuing Education: Applications approved for naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists. Nursing CE credits pending. See below for continuing education details.
  • Registration$399 Includes all lectures on streaming video and audio download. Extra $89 fee for the pre-conference intensive.

See speakers and topics below.

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Friday Intensive

Presented by live video stream on May 29, and offered on-demand afterward for those who cannot be online for the live event. Pre-registration required, and there is still space.  Add it to your registration here or contact us to sign up.

Donald Yance

May 29, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM Eastern Time
Intensive: Mitigating the Effects of Glyphosate and other Environmental Toxins for the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Health Optimization – the Application of Hormesis and Herbal Medicine
Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
Protecting our health in the face of widespread use of environmental chemicals is becoming one of the most pressing challenges of our times. This intensive presents research on antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, and other effects, and how botanicals and nutrients can work in concert with hormesis (low-dose exposure) to expand the range of an individual’s health stability. ($89) 

Learn more about this intensive.




Symposium Summary–Live Video Streamed Events with Time for Q & A:

Registration includes these live presentations and more than 36 pre-recorded videos. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. (Schedule subject to minor changes).

Friday, May 29

1:00 – 5:15 PM
Intensive: Mitigating the Effects of Glyphosate and other Environmental Toxins
(Described above, $89 additional fee)
Donald Yance, RH (AHG)


Saturday, May 30

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel: Clinical Approaches to Immune-Centered Illness
Mary Bove, ND, Katie Stage, ND and David Winston, RH (AHG)
Each panelist describes their principal approach when presented with an immune-centered illness (whether autoimmune, cancer, etc) What are the three main areas of focus when seeing a patient for the first time? What three systems do we consider (e.g. HPA, endocrine/thyroid, metabolic, etc.?) What are the most important labs? What are the three main botanical approaches and the three main dietary and lifestyle approaches we start with in such situations?

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Keynote: Nature, Spirit, Medicine—Using Biophilia Practice and Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) for Personal and Planetary Healing
Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)
Honoring the innate resonance and connection we feel with ‘Nature’, medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera explores the modern science of the genome and the descriptions of sacred geometry in nature to explain this seemingly universal spiritual/mystical experience. Drawing from over 30 years of study and patient care, she describes how a connection with nature can be harnessed for clinical benefit in contemporary herbal practice.


Sunday, May 31

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
NEW! Panel: Botanicals and other Therapies for Improving Mechanisms of Cellular Repair to Increase Lifespan
Jason Miller, LAc, DACM, Kenneth Proefrock, ND and Mary Rondeau, ND
Research is showing that aging occurs at the most fundamental level of our bodies–the cellular level. This panel explores the ways in which diet, lifestyle, botanical and nutritional therapies can affect the ability of the cells to repair damage from genetic mutations and oxidative damage, and how this governs overall health and longevity.

2:00 – 3:30 PM
In the Zone: Research Considerations for Microdosing Entheogens
Katie Stage, ND, RH(AHG)
Entheogens are those herbs which bring us in touch with the divine. Use of these herbs has an important role in supporting whole person healing and connection. However, the use of small doses of entheogenic herbs is an emerging therapy that supports mood, enhances creativity, and modulates neuroplasticity, without impairing the ability to function in daily life. This session explores the herbs, history, and research supporting this fascinating herbal approach.


Monday, June 1

10:00 – 11:30 AM
Ecology, Propagation, and Cultivation of Native and Oriental Medicinal Herbs at Mountain Gardens
(Pre-recorded with live question and answer session afterward)

Joe Hollis
Mountain Gardens is a forty-year-old botanical garden incorporating the largest collection of medicinal herbs in the eastern US. Follow expert botanist and horticulturist Joe Hollis on a pre-recorded video tour of his gardens with detailed information on the ecology, propagation, and cultivation of the herbs. We also look at the Mountain Gardens nursery, apothecary and seed bank. Joe will be on hand to answer questions live at the end of the video. 

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Closing Panel: New Discoveries in Botanical Medicine
Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG), David Crow, LAc and Christopher Hobbs, PhD 
New botanical medicines and novel clinical uses are emerging every year–the panelists take a look at some of these new developments and how they can be of use to clinicians.



List of Video Presentations 

Recorded and available on-demand to registrants for two weeks after the live event ends.
This list is subject to minor changes and updates.


 

Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)

Herbal Tea Apothecary: Teas for Every Body System, Energetic Tissue State and Constitution
Water extracts are an easy and essential source of nutrition and holistic care. Herbal medicines delivered as teas are under-appreciated, powerful allies and can correct imbalances, build vitality and offer therapeutic results. Learn how to formulate typical western herbal teas for each body system.

Oxymels and Vinegar Infusions
Making medicine for immediate consumption or digestive relief is easy when you use vinegar as the menstruum. This is a wonderful alternative to alcohol extracts to use in a free clinic and with those patients who cannot consume alcohol. A wide-ranging demonstration of expertise in making a host of vinegar-based medicine, from fire cider to lobelia.


Mary Bove, ND

Women, Autoimmunity, and Estrogen Metabolism
Hormonal imbalances impact a woman’s health and contribute to manifestations of autoimmune disease in menopausal women. Review estrogen metabolism pathways and identify botanical, nutritional, dietary and lifestyle interventions for autoimmune conditions common to women. A traditional herbal approach combined with an evidence-based review of current research examines potential botanical and nutritional treatments for hormonal regulation, optimizing estrogen metabolism, quenching free radicals, turning down the inflammatory pathways, and offering symptom relief.

Cultivating Skin Microbiome Radiance with Botanicals
Microbiome health reaches further than the gut, contributing to the health and wellness of the skin. The microbiome of the skin is better understood now than ever before and helps shed light on many chronic skin conditions and possible treatment strategies. Discussion of oral, systemic and topical botanical preparations along with probiotic strategies, and simple daily practices for a more radiant skin microbiome are all included.

Addressing Immune Health through the Ages: Infants to Seniors
Let’s talk immune health for all ages and what we can do to support this vital system. Plants contain a myriad of compounds that interact with the immune system, acting to nourish, balance, and support immune function. Review current science on several immune herbs for application and dosing along with fun simple recipes for the use as foods, beverages, and supplements. Herbs discussed: echinacea species, elderberry, astragalus, medicinal mushrooms, oregano, garlic, onions, and ginger.


Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)

Chronic Skin Conditions: Case Review of Seborrheic Dermatitis
Using a case of seborrheic dermatitis as an example, we discuss topical and systemic treatments for chronic skin conditions. Includes an investigation of the therapeutic uses of detoxification aids (e.g. lymph drainage massage, sauna, hydrotherapy, and skin brushing), essential oils (e.g.palmarosa, rosewood, tea tree) and alteratives/blood purifiers (including Rumex crispus, Arctium lappa, Scrophularia nodosa, Fumaria officinalis, and Stillingia sylvatica).

Rubefacient and Vulnerary Botanicals for a Complicated Case 
Drawing from over 33 years of clinical experience, this class describes the case of a heavily medicated senior with varicose eczema, varicose ulcers, and antibiotic resistance. Using this case illustration, we discuss the materia medica of anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, vulnerary, rubefacient and anti-pruritic herbs. Explores the use of drawing poultices, healing oils, systemic herbs and orthomolecular nutrition for connective tissue repair.

Keynote: Nature, Spirit, Medicine—Using Biophilia Practice and Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) for Personal and Planetary Healing
(Presented live on Saturday, May 30 at 2 PM and on-demand afterward)
Honoring the innate resonance and connection we feel with ‘Nature’, medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera explores the modern science of the genome and the descriptions of sacred geometry in nature to explain this seemingly universal spiritual/mystical experience. Drawing from over 30 years of study and patient care, she describes how a connection with nature can be harnessed for clinical benefit in contemporary herbal practice.


David Crow, LAc

Principles of Combining Herbs and Essential Oils: Musculoskeletal Conditions (Arthritic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Injuries, Muscle Spasm)
One of the safest and most effective ways of using essential oils is in aromatic preparations for external applications, which make them a primary treatment for musculoskeletal conditions when combined with anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic herbs. Herbs and essential oils, although not as powerful as prescription medications, can offer great relief when combined and used properly. Learn the most important herbs and oils to help relieve musculoskeletal pain and inflammation; the pro-inflammatory nature of essential oils and how to safely use them for anti-inflammatory purposes; the best combinations for protecting the joints; what types of pain respond best; and how to use herbs and oils with other treatment modalities. Includes formulas for soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains, whiplash, muscle spasm, arthritic pain, and fibromyalgia.

Principles of Combining Herbs and Essential Oils: Relaxing the Nervous System (Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Tension Headaches, and Chronic Adrenal Overstimulation)
When combined, herbal medicine and aromatherapy are doubly effective for reducing stress, tension, and anxiety, and there are many safe and enjoyable ways of using them together. Learn the links between olfaction, the limbic system and aromatherapy for calming the nervous system, and the major relaxant, sedative and anxiolytic herbs and essential oils. Use them in formulas for reducing stress and tension, nervousness and irritability, tension headaches, stress-related insomnia, and chronic adrenal overstimulation.

Principles of Combining Herbs and Essential Oils: Strengthening and Energizing the Nervous System (Antidepressant Effects, Protection against Neurodegenerative Conditions, Supporting Cognitive Function and Enhancing Concentration)
Because many botanicals that are neuroprotective, nutritive and aromatic are directly linked to the brain through the olfactory system, numerous essential oils can be combined with these herbs to enhance their properties in safe and effective ways. These herbs and oils produce a range of actions including supporting cognitive functions, protecting the brain against toxins and aging, increasing memory and concentration and enhancing learning capacity. Many are also antidepressant and increase resistance to stress and may provide long-term protection against neurodegenerative conditions.


Doug Elliott

Herb Walk – Virtually
Details to be announced!


Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc

Mushroom Spirit Medicine
This lecture presents the healing benefits of fungi as spiritual guides, with a focus on the history of the psilocybin species. We discuss the abundant scientific research on the clinical benefits of Psilocybe, starting in the 1950s. These early studies brought to light the great potential of psilocybin mushrooms for healing the mind and spirit and the damaged psyche through their ability to dissolve our ego and connecting us with spirit. Some of the volunteers in these studies reported having transcendental experiences and profound spiritual awakenings that lasted for years. This presentation also presents current research on a very effective treatment for resolving symptoms of serious depression, anxiety, and addiction, with few side effects or worry of addiction. Common species of Psilocybe growing in the U.S. will be covered, along with their chemistry and pharmacology.

Essential Oil Therapeutics: Internal Uses for Clinic and Home
Essential oils (EO) comprise all the volatile compounds in plants and other organisms. They are mainly composed of numerous green leafy volatiles, hydrocarbons, mono-, and sesquiterpenes. These odoriferous compounds have a myriad of biological actions, especially antimicrobial, sedative and smooth muscle-regulating activities (blood vessels, uterus, GI tract, urethra and ureter, and bronchial airway). EO are often used in inhalation and aromatherapy, but this class will be centered on the internal drop-dose uses of the top 50 in common practice. We explore the safety, dosage, and major clinical uses, primarily drawing on the presenter’s experience, the experience of other practitioners, and research studies published in peer-reviewed journals.

Diabetes, Obesity and Related Diseases
Causes, scientific insights into the processes involved, and probable outcomes of this constellation of conditions are discussed, with practical strategies to prevent, stabilize, reverse, and manage diabetes and obesity and related syndromes such as chronic inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. A cross-cultural perspective is presented, emphasizing practical and sustainable traditional and scientifically-supportable methods, centering on herbal medicine, along with diet and healthy habits.


Joe Hollis

Ecology, Propagation, and Cultivation of Native and Oriental Medicinal Herbs at Mountain Gardens
(Now offered as a pre-recorded video on Monday, June 1 at 10 AM followed by live question and answer session with Joe at 11:30 AM)
Mountain Gardens is a forty-year-old botanical garden incorporating the largest collection of medicinal herbs in the eastern US. Follow expert botanist and horticulturist Joe Hollis on video as he takes us on a virtual tour of his gardens with detailed information on the ecology, propagation, and cultivation of the herbs. We also look at the Mountain Gardens nursery, apothecary and seed bank.


Robin McGee

Sweet Medicine: Herbal-infused Honeys and Herbal Syrups (Demonstration)
Sometimes we have to get creative to get herbal remedies into reluctant kids and adults. In this demonstration class, we learn to make herbal infused honeys and herbal syrups so delicious even the most taste-sensitive folks will be asking for more. Come, tempt your virtual taste buds!


Jason Miller, DACM, LAc

The Yin and Yang of Hormone Balance: A Botanical and Nutritional Medicine Approach to Hormone Deficiency and Endocrine Disruption
Botanical medicine is rich with compounds that enhance hormone activity by working with the body to activate hormonal receptor networks, enhance hormone efficiency, improve hormone production, and regulate hormone metabolism. When applying botanical medicine for hormone balance, TCM has given us a very helpful road map for understanding the state of the body with regard to the balance of Yin and Yang. By combining well-documented botanical and nutritional compounds to enhance detoxification and hormone metabolism, we can also reduce the deleterious effects of endocrine-disrupting toxins in our environment and treat the underlying causes of hormone deficiency without relying on the disruptive effects of hormone replacement therapy.

Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive and Collaborative Approach
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. A botanical medicine approach can play a powerful role in managing symptoms, regulating androgen metabolism, and slowing disease progression.

Demystifying Qi: A Reverse-Engineering Approach to Understanding the Concept of Qi in Botanical Medicine
The concept of “Qi” has been a stumbling block for collaboration and understanding between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and modern science for decades. Qi is often considered a non-scientific or pseudoscientific concept – primarily due its inability to be measured. In TCM, qi (in the body) is considered an immaterial substance that represents the functional quality of human physiology. Many botanical medicines from traditional Chinese herbal medicine (TCHM) are characterized by the way they affect the qi of the body. In the past several decades, a significant amount of scientific research has gone into understanding the molecular composition and biomedical actions of medicinal plants. A reverse engineering approach involves studying the molecules and their actions and then correlating with TCM concepts.


Kenneth Proefrock, ND

Revisiting the Many Faces of Testosterone: How Botanicals Play a Significant Regulatory Role
There is still a lot of misunderstanding and confusion about the roles that testosterone plays in the physical and emotional health of both men and women. It is such a versatile steroid hormone that it has some biological activity on virtually every tissue in the body. During this discussion, we visit on lifestyle activities that impact testosterone production, the metabolism of testosterone in men and women throughout life, and the nutritional and biochemical factors involved in its activity. Botanicals and nutritional agents include Cissus quadrangularis, Tribulus terrestrials, Withania somniferum, Pfaffia paniculata, Hemidesmus indicus, Rubia cordifolia, Panax spp, Serenoa repens, Pygeum, Catuaba, zinc monomethionine aspartate, L-Glutamine, L-Threonine, glucuronolactone, and several flavonoids.

Neuroplasticity and the NMDA receptor: Botanical and Nutritional Influences on Neurological Remodeling
Experience-dependent plasticity is a fundamental property of the brain and our nervous systems are constantly remodeling, but such remodeling can be impaired in a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Several clinical studies suggest that augmenting or reducing N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA) signaling can have a significant impact on experience-dependent plasticity. Augmenting NMDA activity has the effect of improving cognition and mental processing, blunting NMDA activity has been shown to reduce PTSD episodes, anxiety and the frequency and severity of seizure activity. We discuss the neurotransmitter actions of glutamate, aspartate, glycine and serine on the NMDA receptor as well as the impact of NMDA agonists like Tabernanthe iboga, and take a look at some of the more recent pharmaceutical interventions that have been instrumental in informing our current perspective on NMDA activity.

Lymphagogues and Alteratives: Lessons in Herbal Immunology
The goal of this discussion is to bring the physiology of lymphatic structures to life and investigate the far-reaching roles that botanical medicines are able to play in regulating or modifying lymphatic function. This is a key step toward integrating immunology with organ physiology and ultimately managing many complex pathologies. There is an inevitable convergence of immunology with other disciplines through their common reliance on the lymphatic system which has important implications for various inflammatory and other diseases.


Mary Rondeau, ND, RH(AHG)

Anxiety: More than an Over Aroused State
Anxiety is commonly categorized as an over aroused state and thus treatments are recommended to “calm” or reduce over-activity in the brain. Cutting-edge brain mapping is now being used to identify multiple sub-types of anxiety. In addition to brain sub-types, body sub-types are also being identified. This presentation covers pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, botanicals, diet and lifestyle treatment modalities to truly individualize a plan for an anxious individual.

Keeping Kids Healthy 
Children are filled with love and sticky fingers and manage to bring home every bug from school. As a result, common childhood ailments regularly include diarrhea, vomiting, earaches,  and coughs. While these common childhood conditions are important for strengthening the immune system, they can be burdensome to a working family. Half the battle is having a well-stocked botanical medicine cabinet, and the other half is getting kids to take the herbal preparations. Learn about creative (and tasty!) ways to get these medicines into kids. Ayurvedic and western dietary and herbal preparations are discussed.


CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG)

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Herb Walk–Plant Personalities of Appalachian Botanicals
Herbal remedies, unlike pharmaceuticals, are complex and often have more than one action on the body. The health issues that people experience are even more complex. It could be said that a major part of western herbalism is matching the unique signature of a plant, its personality if you will, with the personality of the imbalance. On this plant walk, we’ll focus on a small number of plants, diving deep into the specifics of when they can be used and for whom.


Vickie Shufer

Wild Food “Farmacy” in your Backyard
Find out which plants growing in your backyard can also be used to make food as well as their medicinal benefits. From edible greens such as dandelions, chickweed, and cresses to herbal teas that include bee balm, peppermint, and spearmint, as well as the fruits of cherries, mulberries, and blueberries, we identify, prepare and see samples of wild foods that have been gathered in the backyard.


Katie Stage, ND

Taming the Dragon: Botanical Approaches for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively referred to as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Both conditions can cause disabling symptoms and impair the quality of life of those diagnosed. In this session, we compare and contrast the risk factors, common symptoms, pathophysiology, and diagnoses of both conditions. Typical pharmacological interventions are discussed, as well as an effective botanical and whole person approaches to treatment.

In the Zone: Research Considerations for Microdosing Entheogens
(Presented as a live-streamed video lecture on Sunday, May 31 at 2 PM, and on-demand afterward)
Entheogens are those herbs that bring us in touch with the divine. Use of these herbs has an important role in supporting whole person healing and connection. However, the use of small doses of entheogenic herbs is an emerging therapy that supports mood, enhances creativity, and modulates neuroplasticity, without impairing the ability to function in daily life. This session explores the herbs, history, and research supporting this fascinating herbal approach.

Botanical Strategies for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
Chronic pelvic pain affects up to 39% of reproductive-aged women. This session will explore common and less common causes of pelvic pain, including endometriosis. This is an area of great opportunity for practitioners, and of great need for women affected, as conventional treatments are limited and often ineffective. We discuss botanical treatments for pelvic pain and endometriosis, as well as supportive lifestyle approaches.


Marc Williams, MA

The Ethnobotany of the African Diaspora
This class focuses on the healing traditions coming to the Americas from Africa. These traditions have evolved over time as the various peoples, brought here through slavery, have interacted with Europeans and Indigenous groups. The presentation includes a discussion of the most common medicinal and culinary plants brought to the Americas from Africa and their traditional and current uses for food and medicine.


Jennifer Williams, DACM, LAc

Substance Addiction and Recovery: Herbal Strategies for Emotional and Physical Pain
This presentation includes current evidence on chronic pain mechanisms, opioid addiction pathways, and plant-based recovery. It includes the emerging evidence linking emotional trauma to chronic conditions and the disruption of the pain regulating system. We focus on commonly used substances of overuse, including prescribed medications and other substances (including nicotine, cannabis, alcohol, methamphetamines, opium, cocaine and heroin). We present the botanical and nutritional therapies useful in managing chronic physical pain, emotional pain, and addiction, with strategies for recovery without harm. Herbs for treatment include corydalis, notoginseng, red ginseng, carthamus, frankincense, Salvia miltiorrhiza, kudzu rehmannia, holy basil and many others.

Topical Botanical Therapies to Ease Substance Withdrawal
This demonstration includes ingredients, formulations, and procedures for making topical oils, and other preparations using botanicals and other quality ingredients. Participants learn how to make a salve for pain and foot soaks for recovery. We explain why some botanicals are tinctured using alcohol to extract properties and why some properties are extracted through heat or steam. The pharmacological properties of botanicals and their constituents are examined, including: corydalis, notoginseng, carthamus, frankincense, cicada molt, clove, calendula, beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, menthol, emulsifiers, boric acid, and more.


David Winston, RH (AHG)

Restorative and Nutritive Tonics
In every herbal tradition, there are herbs used to help prevent illness, restore overall health and tonify the body. In Ayurveda they are known as rasayanas, in TCM, kidney yang tonics, Qi tonics or blood (xue) tonics and in the West they get lumped into the category of adaptogens. The problem with calling them adaptogens is that many of these herbs, such as amla fruit, astragalus, nettle seed, goji berry, sea buckthorn or processed rehmannia do not fit the definition of an adaptogen, so what are they? I propose calling them restorative tonics. In this class we discuss the restorative tonic materia medica, and mineral or nutrient-rich herbs that enhance bone density, improve the integrity of the skin, hair, nails, and teeth, and provide easily absorbable magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, iodine, potassium and other essential nutrients.

Medicinal Mushrooms in Clinical Practice
In China and other Asian countries, mushrooms are not only commonly used for food but also as medicines. Some Native American and European cultures also have used fungi for their medicinal qualities. In the last 30 years research has confirmed that many of these fascinating life forms (they are not plants or animals) have powerful therapeutic effects for both preventing and treating many diseases. In this class, we discuss the most active and useful medicines in the fungi pharmacopoeia and the best ways to use them to achieve maximum efficacy.


Donald Yance, RH (AHG)

Intensive: Mitigating the Effects of Glyphosate and other Environmental Toxins for the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Health Optimization – the Application of Hormesis and Herbal Medicine
Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
(This will be presented as a live video stream on Friday, May 29 and on-demand later to all those who have paid the extra $89 fee.)
Protecting our health in the face of widespread use of environmental chemicals is becoming one of the most pressing challenges of our times. This intensive presents research on antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, and other effects, and how botanicals and nutrients can work in concert with hormesis (low-dose exposure) to expand the range of an individual’s health stability. ($89) 

Targeting IL-1 in Immunotherapy for Cancer and other Diseases using Botanical Medicineblooming cactus
Pro-inflammatory processes are a hallmark of cancer, heart disease, and all other chronic diseases. Interleukin1 (IL1) includes a family of closely related cytokines that affect inflammatory pathways. A new major causative trigger to this inflammatory catabolic is the IL B1/Inflammasome (NLRP3). The IL-B1/inflammasome is essential for maintaining a delicate balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory signals in order to generate an appropriate immune response without harming the host. Recent research indicates that several botanical compounds negatively regulate the downstream products of NLRP3, illustrating the efficacy of herbal medicine for treating cancer, cardiovascular diseases and other chronic age-related diseases.


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Teresa Boardwine, RH (AHG)
Teresa Boardwine operates the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she offers classes, consultations and online access to her workshops. She has been teaching her hands-on medicine making classes for over 20 years. More about Teresa Boardwine.

1. Herbal Tea Apothecary: Teas for Every Body System, Energetic Tissue State and Constitution
2. Oxymels and Vinegar Infusions

Mary Bove, ND
A clinical medical herbalist, Mary Bove had a practice in family medicine in Brattleboro, Vermont for over 20 years. where she assisted at the birth of a whole generation of children. She is the author of An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants, and co-author of Herbs for Women’s Health. Since starting her herbal journey at age 18, Mary has held firm to three tenets: “Walk your talk, believe in the plants and practice herbalism every day in your life.” More about Mary Bove

1. Women, Autoimmunity, and Estrogen Metabolism
2. Cultivating Skin Microbiome Radiance with Botanicals
3. Addressing Immune Health thru the Ages: Infants to Seniors
4. Saturday Panel: Clinical Approaches to Immune Centered Illness

Chanchal Cabrera, RH (AHG)
The faculty chair of botanical medicine at Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Chanchal is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and an herbal practitioner specializing in helping patients manage cancer. On her organic farm in British Columbia, she runs therapy workshops for people with disabilities. More about Chanchal Cabrera.

1. Rubefacient and Vulnerary Botanicals for a Complicated Case
2. Chronic Skin Conditions: Case Review of Seborrheic Dermatitis
3. Keynote Address: Nature, Spirit, Medicine—Using Biophilia Practice and Shinrin Yoku for Personal and Planetary Healing

David Crow, LAc
A master herbalist, aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 30 years experience, David Crow Is an expert in the Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. He is the author of In Search of the Medicine Buddha and the founder of Floracopeia, Inc. which supports ecologically sustainable agriculture in communities around the world. Through teaching and activism, he promotes the creation of grassroots healthcare based on community gardens. More about David Crow.

Principles of Combining Herbs and Essential Oils Series:
1. Relaxing the Nervous System (Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Tension Headaches and Chronic Adrenal Overstimulation)
2. Musculoskeletal Conditions (Arthritic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Injuries, Muscle Spasm)
3. Strengthening and Energizing the Nervous System (Antidepressant Effects, Protection against Neurodegenerative Conditions, Supporting Cognitive Function and Enhancing Concentration)
4. Monday Panel: New Discoveries in Botanical Medicine

Doug Elliott
Doug can show you how to make medicine out of common wild plants, and how to properly harvest a persimmon and use its seed to forecast the winter. He can explain the virtues of poison ivy and what might happen to you if you eat it. He knows ancient plant lore, plant riddles, and even songs about weeds and berries. More about Doug Elliott.

  1. Herb Walk

Christopher Hobbs, PhD, LAc
A fourth-generation herbalist, licensed acupuncturist, author, clinician, botanist, mycologist, and research scientist with over 35 years of experience with herbal medicine. Christopher Hobbs has a doctorate from UC Berkeley in phylogenetics, evolutionary biology and phytochemistry. He is also a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild. More about Christopher Hobbs.

  1.  Diabetes, Obesity and Related Diseases
  2. Essential Oil Therapeutics: Internal Uses for Clinic and Home
  3. Mushroom Spirit Medicine
  4. Monday Panel: New Discoveries in Botanical Medicine

Joe Hollis
Joe Hollis has lectured, consulted and taught workshops in medicinal herb identification, cultivation and processing at Mountain Gardens and at various colleges and conferences in North Carolina for over 30 years. Mountain Gardens sells its seeds, plants and preparations at herb fairs and medicinal herb conferences, and via the internet. More about Joe Hollis and Mountain Gardens

1. Ecology, Propagation and Cultivation of Native and Oriental Medicinal Herbs

Robin McGee
Robin McGee is a community herbalist, organic gardener, herbal medicine-maker, writer and herbal educator in Anderson, SC. She has been studying, using and creating herbal medicines for more than a decade. Along with producing her line of herbal products, Wild Earth Botanicals, Robin teaches herbal medicine classes and workshops at Earthwise Learning Center, a classroom space on her family farm. More about Robin McGee.

1. Sweet Medicine: Herbal-infused Honeys and Herbal Syrups (Demonstration)

Jason Miller, DACM, LAc
Jason Miller practices botanical and nutritional medicine, acupuncture, and Asian bodywork at his clinic, Jade Mountain Medicine in Ashland, Oregon. He received his master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2005 and completed a postgraduate internship at the “House of Celebrity Doctors” in Nanjing, China. He earned his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2018. His approach bridges the frameworks of traditional and modern medicine in the management of chronic disease. More about Jason Miller.

1. Demystifying “Qi”: A Reverse-Engineering Approach to Understanding the Concept of Qi in Botanical Medicine
2. The Yin and Yang of Hormone Balance: A Botanical and Nutritional Medicine Approach to Hormone Deficiency and Endocrine Disruption
3. Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive and Collaborative Approach
4. Sunday Panel: Botanicals and Other Therapies for Improving Mechanisms of Cellular Repair to Increase Lifespan

Kenneth Proefrock, ND
A naturopathic physician practicing in Sun City, Arizona, Kenneth Proefrock specializes in difficult to treat conditions in patients of all ages. He is the Vice President of the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and chair of the biochemistry portion of the Naturopathic Physician’s Licensing Exam. More about Kenneth Proefrock.

1. Lymphagogues and Alteratives: Lessons in Herbal Immunology
2. Revisiting the Many Faces of Testosterone: How Botanicals Play a Significant Regulatory Role
3. Neuroplasticity and the NMDA receptor: Botanical and Nutritional Influences on Neurological Remodeling
4. Sunday Panel: Botanicals and Other Therapies for Improving Mechanisms of Cellular Repair to Increase Lifespan

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG)
Mary Rondeau specializes in natural medicine for chronic illness in Fort Collins, Colorado. Following medical school training at SCNM and residency training in Utah, she continued her education in southern India, working in various hospital and private practice settings. Reducing medication for children is one of her areas of expertise, and she has found a combination of adjustments in diet, lifestyle and herbal and nutritional supplementation to be very helpful. More about Mary Rondeau.

1. Keeping Kids Healthy
2. Anxiety: More than an Over Aroused State
3. Sunday Panel: Botanicals and Other Therapies for Improving Mechanisms of Cellular Repair to Increase Lifespan

CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG)
CoreyPine Shane, RH(AHG) is Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and has spent over 20 years teaching students and helping clients by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter he has extensive knowledge of wild plants as well as medicine making. CoreyPine believes that laughter is an essential part of any medicine chest, which is why he is part of the “Wise Guy” school of healing. More about CoreyPine Shane.

1. Herb Walk–Plant Personalities of Appalachian Botanicals

Vickie Shufer, MA
A naturalist and herbalist with a master’s degree in therapeutic herbalism, Vickie Shufer teaches classes on edible and medicinal plants, as well as outdoor education programs. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Foraging and was the editor/publisher of The Wild Foods Forum newsletter (1994 – 2014). She also owns and manages a native nursery, The Wild Woods Farm, where she propagates native plants. More about Vickie Shufer.

1. Wild Food “Farmacy” in your Backyard (Demonstration)

Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG)
Katie Stage is a naturopathic physician and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. She is Associate Professor and Director of the Therapeutics Division at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona. Her practice is focused on optimizing the health of those with endocrine, gastrointestinal, and mental health conditions. She is also a member of the Ric Scalzo Botanical Research Institute. More about Katie Stage.

1. Taming the Dragon: Botanical Approaches for Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
2. In the Zone: Research Considerations for Microdosing Entheogens
3. Botanical Strategies for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
4. Saturday Panel: Clinical Approaches to Immune Centered Illness

Marc Williams, MA
A well-traveled and experienced ethnobotanist, Marc Williams has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous world of plants, people and their interface, while working with over 50 organizations and online at the website www.botanyeveryday.com to improve the current global ecological crisis. His training includes a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Sustainable Agriculture and an M.A. in Appalachian Studies/Sustainable Development. More about Marc Williams.

1. The Ethnobotany of the African Diaspora

Jennifer Williams, DACM, LAc
Jennifer Williams, DACM, LAc is an acupuncturist and herbalist who is nationally board certified and licensed in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. She serves her local community at her clinic and learning studio in Green Mountain, North Carolina, and holds a Doctorate in Chinese Medicine and a PhD in Counseling Studies. She completed an internship at the Red Cross Hospital in Huaihua, China and teaches advanced diagnosis and acupuncture techniques for pain and comorbidities. She specializes in pain, autoimmune, post-deployment, and neurovascular presentations. More about Jennifer Williams.

1. Substance Addiction and Recovery: Herbal Strategies for Emotional and Physical Pain
2. Topical Applications to Ease Substance Withdrawal

David Winston, RH (AHG)
David Winston is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training and clinical experience in Cherokee, Chinese and Western/Eclectic herbal traditions. He has had a clinical practice for over 30 years and is a herbal consultant to physicians throughout the USA and Canada. President of Herbalist & Alchemist, Inc. an herbal manufacturing company, he is also founder/director of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, which features his highly respected Two-Year Clinical Herbalist Training Program. More about David Winston can be located at Herbal Therapeutics and Herbal Studies.

1. Medicinal Mushrooms in Clinical Practice
2. Restorative and Nutritive Tonics
3. Saturday Panel: Clinical Approaches to Immune Centered Illness

Donald Yance, RH (AHG)
An herbalist and certified nutritionist, Donald Yance practices at the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in
Ashland, Oregon, where he specializes in the treatment of cancer and other chronic diseases. He is the founder and president of the Mederi Foundation, a nonprofit organization for professional education and clinical research in integrative medicine, and president and formulator of Natura Health Products. More about Donald Yance.

1. Friday Intensive: Mitigating the Effects of Glyphosate and other Environmental Toxins for the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Health Optimization – the Application of Hormesis and Herbal Medicine ($89)
2. Targeting IL-1 in Immunotherapy for Cancer and other Diseases using Botanical Medicine

herbal conference information

Registration Fees and Information
Still time to register! Registration fee is $399 and includes all video presentations (except $89 for the Friday intensive), a full set of audio recordings and the digital book of lecture notes and PowerPoints.

Phone 541-482-3016

Cancellations: Before May 13, registration fees will be refunded minus $50 processing per registrant. No refunds can be given after 5/13/20. Refund requests should be sent in writing or by email to the conference office.


Continuing Education

Milk Thistle in SCNM garden
Milk Thistle by Patricia Gaines, ND

Applications approved for CME, PDA and CEUs. Number of credits depend on which lectures are attended, and even though you can attend more hours with this new virtual format, anything above the maximum hours approved is not counted toward CE. 

• Naturopathic Physicians

Approved for maximum 21.5 CME hours of which 9 hours can be pharmacy, including Friday pre-conference intensive (OBNM).
More information on naturopathic continuing education.

• Acupuncturists:

Application approved for 22.5 PDA (hours) by NCCAOM.
All lectures approved for 1.5 PDA (hours) except pre-conference intensive = 4 hours credit
More information on NCCAOM categories of approval for acupuncturists.

Nurses: 

Nursing CE pending approval, maximum 66.5 CNE contact hours if approved for this new virtual video format. (All lectures submitted for 1.5 contact hours except the pre-conference intensive = 4 contact hours).
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.) 

• A certificate of attendance is available to any participant who requests it.


Lecture Notes

Lecture notes are compiled into an online book (proceedings) which will be available to all registrants at no cost. Registrants will be sent a link and password to access the teacher materials. Printed books will be available too, but due to printing delays may not be ready by the start of the symposium.

Many thanks to Frontier Co-op for their sponsorship of the printed and online lecture notes book for this symposium!

 


Thank You!

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Thank you to Frontier Natural Foods Co-op for their sponsorship of the gathering and publication of the lecture notes. We thank Frontier for their continued annual support!