This article is a part 2 to expand on additional interventions in mast cell regulation. If you didn’t read the original article, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & Histamine Intolerance: An Herbal Approach discusses different types of mast cell activation syndromes and histamine-related issues. Furthermore, this discussion relates to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and histamine-related symptoms and not mastocytosis. For ease of use, the term “mast cell issues” is used to relate to these conditions throughout the article.
September’s Featured Recording: Types of Pain and Herbal Management Tools
This lecture by Jillian Stansbury, ND explores valuable pain management tools to counter the opiate crisis. This lecture discusses some of the most commonly encountered types of pain including musculoskeletal, neuralgic, and nociceptive pain. The mechanisms of action of selected anodyne herbs are explored and sample formulas for specific conditions are presented. Botanicals discussed include Boswelia, Vitex, Glycyrrhiza, Piper methysticum, Aloe vera and more.
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.Continue reading
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Stress can be rewarding and even pleasant in response to positive stimuli, encouraging intellectual and emotional growth and development. Most often, when we discuss being “stressed out” in a modern context, it is in reference to negative physical or psychological stimuli and an unpleasant reaction. Stress is generally defined as a state of disharmony (allostasis) and is counteracted by physiological and behavioral responses which aim to reestablish homeostasis via the adaptive stress response.1
Note: The information in this series is provided as a research resource and is not intended to replace diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care practitioner.
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One-click orders all eight recordings selected from the Botanical Medicine library, plus a 99-page PDF of notes. Together these provide comprehensive information for clinicians on one of the most pressing challenges of our age.
We have included eight audio recordings since this is such a large topic, which includes not only dietary measures for weight management and exercise, but mitigating factors often not considered, including allergy, endocrine dysfunction, insulin resistance (metabolic syndrome), stress, lack of sleep, environmental toxicants and the effect of widespread use of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals on the obesity epidemic in the US. Pharmaceuticals for weight loss are mentioned and evaluated.
(Series price of $65 includes a 99-page PDF of lecture notes.)
12 total CME hours if not claimed previously for the above lectures
11.5 general + .5 pharmacy credits
Approved by Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)
COVID 19: Acute and Chronic Considerations in Naturopathic Patient Management
The Antiviral Materia Medica
Opiate Use Disorder and its Treatment from a Body-Mind-Spirit Perspective
Hormonal Imbalances and Gynecological Patterns
Panel Discussion: Naturopathic Approaches to Weight Management and Obesity Prevention
Lise Alschuler, ND: As you can see in these studies, that really, across the board,St John’s Wort is decreasing the plasma level of the drug.
Paul Bergner, Medical Herbalist: Because all bacteria have a large amount of their genome conserved. It’s the same.
Deborah Frances, ND: But it was really getting at the underlying cause of what was going on. So the plantcan really helpusto open to parts of ourselves as well as others.
Lori Harger, PHMNP: Heart rate variability is very important in terms of psychological resilience,adaptability andexecutive function.
Feather Jones, Herbalist: Think gotukola(Centella asiatica), which is shown to stimulate T-cells by improving vitality through its energizing properties.
Heath McAllister, ND: Scutellaria baicalensis, I also love this herb. Potent anti-inflammatory,not really related that much to the other, Scutellaria lateriflora,in terms of its actions.
Kenneth Proefrock, ND: Galangal, speaking of heating, moves us into a slightly different category of plant medicines. These are agents that help improve bloodflow and specifically help resolve inflammation more rapidly.
Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG): So we see that crocin inhibits the reuptake of dopamine and norepinephrine, where safranalinhibits the reuptake of serotonin.
JoAnn Sanchez, MS: There’s a wild plantain that grows here in the desert flora and it’s Plantago minorand it has a tiny little stem. So these plantains really tell us which species they are by their leaf size.
Katie Stage, ND, RH (AHG): Topical calendula preparationsare excellentfor skin healingand areanti-inflammatory. Calendula is antiseptic too and can help with Staph aureus.
Jillian Stansbury, ND: We can classify the kinds of phytosterols that we find in plants: steroidal saponins, Isoflavones…..
Working with patients to manage their weight includes prevention of weight gain, control of age-related gains and treatment of obesity. This requires a broad understanding of many factors, including insulin resistance, environmental toxicants, the gut microbiome and the effect of pharmaceuticals on weight gain. Panelists at the 2021 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine, naturopathic physicians Marianne Marchese, Katie Stage, and Lise Alschuler, discussed new research, practical naturopathic interventions and specific recommendations for clinical practice. A synopsis of each presentation follows.