Virtual 2020 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine

Welcome to the Virtual 2020 Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. We are so happy you’re here!

Here is everything you need to know about the virtual conference!

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Friday and Saturday Live Sessions

Friday: Live Pre-Conference Intensive

Understanding the Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum and Using Risk Assessment Tools with Glen Nagel, ND, RH (AHG)

Description: Full pre-conference intensive details here.
Access: This live session is now over. The recording will be available to intensive registrants after March 30. We’ve added the Case Studies Handout.
Continuing Education: Approved for 4 pharmacy hours for NDs and 4 PDA for acupuncturists. More CE details here.

Saturday: Live Panel Discussion

Neuroplasticity and the Management of PTSD and other Mental Health Conditions with Kenneth Proefrock, ND, Mary Rondeau, ND and Katie Stage, ND

Description: Neuroscientists used to believe that the brain’s structure and function were essentially fixed throughout adulthood. Recent studies of the brain and nervous system illustrate a system adapting to every experience. The brain can be injured by traumatic emotional events, physical trauma and chronic high levels of stress, but it can also be healed by these same mechanisms of neuroplasticity. While some pharmaceuticals may be showing promise in this area, this panel explores botanicals and other naturopathic therapies for restoring balance.
Continuing Education: Approved for 1.5 pharmacy CE for naturopathic physicians and 1.5 PDA points (AOM-BIO) for acupuncturists. CE details here.
Notes:The PowerPoint for this lecture has now been posted in the article list for participants.Access it here.

Saturday: Live Presentation

Targeting COVID-19 Utilizing Unitive Medicine – Botanical, Nutritional, Dietary and Lifestyle Considerations with Donald Yance, RH (AHG)


  • The dualistic role of the immune system and CoV
  • The immune system, nervous system, and endocrine system connection
  • Warning to those taking specific pharmaceuticals, namely NSAIDs, ACE inhibitors, and even PPIs
  • Botanical Medicine and CoV – prevention, first-line treatment, and adapting for specific presenting symptoms/complications, age, secondary chronic disease, and constitutional makeup
  • The importance of a fever and how to use diaphoretic herbs in conjunction
  • Specific diet recommendations and nutrients for prevention and treatment
  • Other modalities: sinus flush, bath therapy, chest rubs, and poultices, humming, chanting, laughter, etc.

Continuing Education: There is no CE for this presentation since it was arranged after the CE applications were submitted.
Notes: The PowerPoint for this lecture has now been posted in the article list for participants. Access it here

Conference Video Lectures

Directions for Accessing Recorded Lectures: Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine! We hope you enjoyed the experience and look forward to being back together in person in 2021. The viewing period for the recorded lecture videos is now over.

Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP
1. Addiction Series Part A) Understanding Addiction: Neurobiological and Cultural Underpinnings
2. Addiction Series Part B) Treating Addiction and Promoting Harm Reduction with Botanical Medicine and Some Pharmaceuticals

Paul Bergner
1. Humoral and Energetic Differentials for GI Herbs
2. Acute Viral Respiratory Infection: Prevention and Therapeutics
3. Healing as a Spiritual Path

Sam Coffman
1. Mitochondrial Support for Autoimmune and Stress-Related Chronic Illness
2. Wound and Infection Management using Herbs (Demonstration)

Marianne Marchese, ND
1. Botanicals for Mitigating Environmental Toxicant Exposure
2. Food Addiction in Women: Botanical Treatment Strategies

Heath McAllister, ND, RH (AHG)
1. Botanical Treatment for Difficult Fungal Infections
2. Mystical and Mysterious Artemisia

Glen Nagel, ND, RH (AHG)
1. Pre-Conference Intensive: Understanding the Herb / Drug Interaction Continuum and Using Risk Assessment Tools
2. Field Applications in Botanical Medicine: Instant Tinctures with CO2 Extraction

Kenneth Proefrock, ND
1. Memory as Medicine: Botanicals that Affect Cognition, Memory, and Sense of Self
2. Case Studies and Strategies in the Naturopathic Treatment of Pulmonary Conditions
3. Strategies for Acute Illness in Children: Avoiding Pharmaceuticals

Andrea Purcell, ND
1. Brain Aging in the Menopausal Woman: Effects on Mood and Memory with Botanical Solutions

Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG) 
1. Treatment Considerations for Bipolar Disorder
2. Assessing Nutritional Status in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

JoAnn Sanchez
1. Grow Your Own Medicinal Garden in the Southwest (Demonstration in SCNM Herb Garden)

Yucca in Bloom
Yucca in Bloom

Yalda Shokoohinia, PharmD, PhD
1. The Side Effects of Apiaceaous Plants

John Slattery
1. Field Study in Bioregional Herbalism: Botanicals for COVID-19

Katie Stage, ND
1. Upper GI Disorders: Esophagitis, GERD/heartburn, Gastritis and Peptic ulcer Disease
2. A Deeper Look into the Window of the Body: Understanding and Optimizing Oral Health

David Winston, RH (AHG)
1. Herbal and Nutritional Therapies for Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat (EENT) Conditions
2. Herbal/Nutritional Treatment of Kidney Stones
3. Let Your Food Be Your Medicine: Medicinal Uses of Common Foods

Donald Yance, CN, RH (AHG)
1. Targeting COVID-19 Utilizing Unitive Medicine – Botanical, Nutritional, Dietary and Lifestyle Considerations

Eric Yarnell, ND, RH (AHG) 
1. Managing IgA Nephropathy and FSGS with Natural Medicine
2. Cancer Pain and Botanical Medicine
3. Testosterone and Botanical Medicine

Panel: Kenneth Proefrock, ND; Mary Rondeau, ND, RH (AHG); Katie Stage, ND 
1. Panel: Neuroplasticity and Management of Mental Health Conditions

Digital Lecture Notes:
Attendees had access to the complimentary downloadable digital lecture notes through April 19th. They are now available for purchase in our recordings and book library.

Frontier LogoThanks to Frontier Co-op for their sponsorship of the printed and online lecture notes book for this conference.


Continuing Education Credits

Up to 20.5 hours of continuing education credits are approved for naturopathic physicians and acupuncturists. Note: Even though you can attend more hours in this virtual format, anything over 20.5 hours is not counted toward CE for those who attended the online conference.

How to claim credits:

  1. Watch the conference lectures.
  2. Record the lectures that you viewed on this certificate.
  3. Submit your completed CE form to the email address listed at the top of the form by April 19.

Update on CME for the SW Conference: Did you attend the SW Conference and submit a CE form?  If your certificate does not arrive by April 29, contact ljbotanical[at] (Linda Jo Strouse). Please do not resubmit your form. Thank you!

Explore Our Virtual Exhibit Hall

Many thanks to our virtual exhibitors for the Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine! Please take some time to explore our exhibitor’s websites and social media pages to interact with these excellent botanical companies. Even though we can’t all be together, there are many ways to support the exhibitors – follow their social media, explore their website and place an online order to bring these diverse botanical goods to your home.

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Frontier Co-Op

Frontier Co-op has been a member-owned cooperative supporting natural living since 1976 — owned by stores and other organizations that buy and sell our products. We care deeply about our co-op’s effect on the world, and we’re sincerely committed to helping the communities where our products are produced. Your purchases benefit struggling families and communities around the world as we do business with the goal of treating everyone fairly and having a positive impact in the world.

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Herbal Vitality
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Alleviating Human Suffering, Drop by Drop™
At Herbal Vitality we are dedicated to offering a wide selection of effective and vibrant products. Our practitioner-grade liquid extracts and glycerites are cGMP compliant and made using quality raw materials, organic alcohol and glycerin. Blending Science, Art, and Spirit for the past 19 years.

Herb Pharm

Our mission is to create the highest quality herbal extracts possible. We’re committed to educating people on how to practice safe, effective herbalism. We believe that our work can inspire more love for plants and respect for Nature and it will improve the health, happiness and harmony of the Earth and all its people. Supporting your health since 1979.



American Holistic Nurses Association

The AHNA is a specialty nursing association serving over 5,500 nurses and holistic healthcare professionals in the USA and internationally. Our mission is to illuminate holism in nursing practice, community, advocacy, research, and education. Our vision is that Every Nurse Is a Holistic Nurse.


We also want to recognize the other companies who come every year and support the conference with their enthusiastic presence and great displays. Here are links to their sites for information and ordering:

The Center for Plant Studies & Healing Arts
The Center for Plant Studies & Healing Arts
Most items and services have been discounted for the duration of the conference
Desert Forager
PeakScentsUse code SWCBM25 for 25% off entire Peak Scents site
Super Salve Co
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Conference discount on audio materials at the NAIMH
Have to log in or register at the store for the shopping cart to work.
Use the code SWC2020 at checkout of a 40% discount on all CD-ROM and MP3/Flash course materials.


Questions about the recordings, how to access live presentations or anything else about the virtual conference?

Please contact us and we’re happy to help!