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Botanical Medicine

botanical medicine courses

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Traditional Roots Conference 2020

Ancient Roots: Modern Extraction

Presenter: Juliette Sweet, ND, MSAyu

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours


Wildcrafting in a Warming World

Presenter: Scott Kloos

Cost: $49 CAD

CE Hours: 1.0 hour

How are rising temperatures, extended periods of drought, erratic seasonal transitions, and other factors of the Earth’s changing climate impacting wild plant communities and the ecosystems in which they/we live, and how as wildcrafters will we adapt our harvesting practices to reflect this new reality?
As we bear witness to the increasingly evident human-caused planetary crises spurred on by techno-industrial civilization, is it enough to simply alter the way we assess and plan for the long-term health and vitality of ecosystems from which we may potentially harvest wild plants, or might we simultaneously practice wildcrafting as a way of transforming the fundamental ways we relate to wild nature and the community of all life?


Field Applications in Botanical Medicine: Edible and Medicinal Weeds of the Pacific NW

Presenter: Glen Nagel, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.25 hours

Field Applications in Botanical Medicine: Edible and medicinal weeds of the Pacific Northwest. Join Herbalist and naturopathic doctor Glen Nagel and a field class of Northwest weeds. We will focus on plant identification, parts used and how to blend into a wild salad. Walking around the grounds and gardens of NUNM we will identify and eat over 20 medicinal and edible plants.


New Trends in Herb Compounding: Herbal Foams, Whips, Fluffs

Presenter: Glen Nagel, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

There is so much to learn in herbalism from our rich historical past but creating new and innovative ways to use herbs is fun and exciting. In this workshop, Dr. Glen Nagel will discuss bringing innovations from the world of modern gastronomy to herbalism. We will discuss and demonstrate the use of the pressurized whipper using N2O and CO2 to make foams, fluffs, and whips. We will explore using different bases such as gums, seaweed gels, egg whites, and fats. Let’s have fun with laughing gas in a new safe way!
Herbal foams are incredibly light and fluffy, give an amazing new taste and texture to common medicinal plants. We will explore this new field by talking about theory and then develop and practice making some fluffs, using a variety of herbal mucilages like marshmallow, seaweeds, egg whites, garbanzo water, and others. Foams are Fun: Light, mostly air, high flavor, many uses, made with laughing gas (N20) so they are naturally fun!


Mistletoe and Hellebores Niger – Magical Plants – Modern Medicines

Presenter: Steven M Johnson, DO

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Viscum Album (Mistletoe) is one of the most studied botanicals for cancer application in the world. There are over 100 studies published at this time including several phase 3 studies as well as a phase two trial on John Hopkins School of medicine. Hellebores Niger is well known in botanical medicine and homeopathy and clinical research in Europe is increasing for uses in cancer, rheumatologic and other chronic inflammatory conditions.
In this presentation we will look at the history, biochemistry, physiology and clinical applications of these two plants as well as the applied pharmacy of these preparations. We will also explore how these plants are applied according to principals of herbology, naturopathy, anthroposophic and modern medicine.


Botanical Allies for Menstrual Health

Presenter: Kathryn Kloos, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Liver congestion, inflammation and poor circulation are all players in reproductive conditions in women. In this lecture we will dive into the latest research as well as the Eclectic uses of herbs that are routinely used to regulate menstrual cycles, optimize fertility and decrease stasis in the pelvis. Herbs we will discuss include black cohosh, vitex, shitavari, maca, yellow pond lily, pulsatilla, red root, peony, horse chestnut, yarrow and more.


Antifungal Materia Medica and Therapeutics

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Plants have engaged in an “arms-race” with fungi for many millions of years, and have evolved multiple mechanisms to inhibit their growth, disable their defenses, disrupt their biofilms, or destroy their cell membranes. We can take advantage of these mechanisms and apply whole plants, with all their synergistic constituents and activities, in direct contact with fungal-infected tissues. Because of the tendency of fungi and prokaryotic microbes to form multi-species biofilms, and specific anti-fungal component may make these herbs important in formulation for any topical infection. We will review the Azole-class of pharmaceutical topical antifungals, and then review the science and practical applications of berberine-herbs, Alliums, Calendula, thymol-herbs, Spilanthes/Acmella, Anemopsis, Commiphora, Usnea, Tabebuia, and Melaleuca, for common oral, vaginal, and skin infections.


Berberine and Isoquinoline Alkaloid Botanicals

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Wherever they are found plants containing berberine and related Isoquinoline-alkaloids are used in traditional systems of medicine as major topical and internal medicines. Hydrastis and Xanthorhiza in Eastern North America, Mahonia and Berberis species more widely distributed on the continent, and Coptis species in both North America and China have all become major botanicals in the materia medica of those lands. Recent research on concentrated forms of isolated berberine have demonstrated potential uses for diabetes and several other conditions.


Botanicals for Depression in the Elderly

Presenter: Jill Stansbury, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 1.75 hours

Depression in the elderly is a special category of mood disorder that clinicians may address with nutrients and botanical agents that are specific for the situation. Somewhat different from lifelong depressive states, depression that begins in elder years may poor circulation in the brain, neurotransmitter decline, and situational and social changes. This presentation will offer folkloric and modern molecular research on herbs and several nutraceutical agents noted to be helpful in this specific population. Dr Stansbury will also offer formulation ideas and strategies for using herbs and medicinal foods as therapeutic agents for treating depression in the elderly.


Botanical Remedies for Stroke Recovery

Presenter: Jill Stansbury, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Recovery time after a stroke is different for everyone—it can take weeks, months, or even years. Some people recover fully, but others have long-term or lifelong disabilities. This presentation discusses folkloric botanical medicines that may support stroke recovery. This presentation reviews specific molecular research on botanical medicines and propose possible formulas for treating various stages of stroke recovery.


All Presentations under Traditional Roots Conference 2020

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $579 CAD

CE Hours: 14.5 hours


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Traditional Roots Conference 2019

Creating Herbal Formulas: The Basics

Presenter: Jillian Stansbury, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

After teaching herb courses for 30 years, it is noted that there is a leap between learning materia medica and applying that knowledge to create effective herbal formulas. This course approaches methods and strategies for creating herbal formulas. This workshop-style class engages participants to use several philosophical tools and constructs for creating herbal formulas and provide a platform for discussion, inquiry, practice and sharing.


Traditional Medicines from the Greatland

Presenter: Gary Ferguson, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Many of our natural healing approaches have a deep connection to indigenous cultures around the world. As we examine the cultural roots of these modalities, as we deepen our understanding of the contexts from which our medicines come, we deepen both our understanding and practice of these healing agents and techniques. In this workshop, we share dialogue around the healing plants along with the stories and ceremonies that go with them from the indigenous cultures of the North. We cover the origins of blockbuster drugs like Tamoxifen, whose analog is from Taxus brevifolia (Pacific Yew), and how intellectual property in the future of medicines from plants is being handled differently than in the past.


Herbs and Humans and Hormones: Navigating Transgender Healthcare

Presenter: Yasha Annah Shapiro, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

This interactive workshop addresses using herbal and pharmaceutical medicine to support trans and gender-diverse people, with a focus on common health issues that arise in the first year of physical transition with hormones. Participants learn tools and resources, with a focus on herbal interventions, for treating common issues that come up with folks using hormones to transition and maintaining the optimal wellbeing of patients. We also talk about basic language guidelines, consent, trauma-informed care, and many more topics that address how to affirm trans and gender-diverse populations. This presentation reviews the possible effects or interactions of pharmaceuticals such as estradiol and testosterone. It also covers the ethical guidelines and cultural considerations of working with trans and gender-diverse populations.


Bitter Herbs and Mucosal Immunity: The Role of Taste Receptors in the Airway

Presenter: Guido Masé, RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Using chronic sinus infections as a jumping-off point, we explore how the use of herbs topically and through inhalation can impact allergies, asthma, and chronic infection through a range of mechanisms. We won’t cover the use of bitters in gut health: this is a well-described link already. But we do talk about practical strategies for engaging with the bitter taste receptors in our airways, GI tract, and liver for relieving chronic infection and congestion.


Rue, Resin and Rose: A Sacred and Medicinal Trilogy of Latin American Materia Medica

Presenter: Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Weaving tradition and science, we journey to the grandmother’s altar and explore the old world protections of rue, the medicinal resins of copal and sangre de drago, and the healing enchantments of rose while digging deeply in the study of clinical applications and materia medica of these sacred plant medicines. We dive into a system of Latin American folk healing as a response to the collective health of a culture affected by envy, trauma and fear. Participants will gain a better understanding of how these concepts show up in a clinical setting and how to work with these plant allies.


Hip Hop Herbal Constituents

Presenter: Mimi Hernandez, RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

This introduction to phytochemistry as it relates to herbal medicine is taught in simple and friendly terminology. Topics include polysaccharides, polyphenols, alkaloids, tannins, resins, glycosides, volatile oils, and many more! Participants learn how to recognize various chemical structures and how the nature of these structures plays a role in the activity of the medicinal constituent in the body. The information is also utilized to inform our medicine making practices with information relevant to solvencies.


Plant Provings 2019

Presenter: Nicole Telkes, RH (AHG)

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Traditional, holistic systems of medicine understand that in order to offer remedies and true paths to healing we must be able to not only know their actions, but their qualities and what areas of the body they affect. Today, evidence-based medicine values data in the form of clinical trials. We gather data in the form of organoleptic learning, find patterns through sipping tea and doing a plant proving. Plant sits often are used to help understand the spirit of the plant, but in this workshop we dissect the physiological workings of a plant we ingest. We look at flavors, qualities, and how sort through and define actions in the body.


Comparative Materia Medica for the Bitter Herbs

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Bitter-flavored herbs are a mainstay of therapeutics on all major systems of herbalism. Bitter substances can bind to bitter receptors in the mouth and gut to produce, through signaling, physiological changes in multiple systems. The humoral effects of bitter substances are viewed as cooling, drying, and draining. Considering both the physiological and humoral aspects, we can arrive at the appropriate use for therapeutic effects and for avoiding adverse humoral effects. Excessive or prolonged use of bitters can cause injury to the digestive process and injure the overall constitution. Understanding the general effect of the bitter flavor we will describe nuances of therapeutic applications for digestive bitters, bitter laxatives, bitter mints, bitter anodynes and bitter demulcents.


Targeted Herbs, Flower Essences and Nutrients for PTSD: A Psychogenomic Approach

Presenter: Elissa Mendenhall, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

We know that people experience and heal from trauma differently. Have you ever wondered why herbal and other therapies that should be effective don’t seem to work in some cases? The emerging field of psychogenetics offers important insights that can help us better individualize our herbal, flower-essence and nutritional therapies and to help people truly heal. We’ll begin with an overview of basic genetic variances that raise the risk of developing PTSD and discuss how to identify them in practice – with or without genetic testing. Using those insights we’ll differentiate among different herbs, flower essences and nutrients for each PTSD subtype.


Herbs for Cognition, Focus and Brain Health

Presenter: Guido Masé RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Going well beyond ginkgo, we’ll explore how herbs can impact our ability to think clearly, remember well, and stay focused. Emerging allies, from Chinese club moss to the bulbs of snowdrops and daffodils, can be used alongside traditional neurotonics to give protocols fast-acting, specific life-enhancing effects. We will discuss the appropriate use of entheogens, both in microdoses and at therapeutic levels, to help catalyze positive change in mind/spirit function and engagement. We will cover the clinical research around these herbs, and organize them into protocols that honor the cyclical nature of creativity and inspiration. These strategies are applicable for those caring for elders, but can play a role to support cognitive function for clients of any age.


Nutrition in the Herbal Paradigm

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Herbalists view their therapeutic agents in the paradigm of humoral and clinical actions, and therapeutic uses. In the long traditions of medical herbalism, dietetics and nutrition have been essential elements of a therapeutic plan, and individual macro and micronutrients may also be viewed as possessing actions identical to those of medicinal plants, such as tonic, adaptogenic, antispasmodic, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory and so on. In many cases giving herbs with such actions without simultaneously replenishing the nutrient factors that support normal functions simply temporarily masks a deficiency. We will discuss macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and other special nutrients in terms of what their actions would be if they were plants.


Game Changing Botanical Medicines in Developmental Pediatrics

Presenter: Shehab El-Hashemy, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

In this 2 hour presentation Dr El-Hashemy shares his experience using botanical medicines in complex conditions in developmental pediatrics as well as pediatric psychiatry. The focus will be on game-changing, evidence-informed use of selected traditional botanicals from eastern and western traditions. In pragmatic manner, we cover indications, traditional uses, state of the evidence, dosing, concurrent use with prescription medications (safe to combine, interactions and contraindication), how to motivate compliance in a child, and my favorite getting kids to make their own formulations! Dr El-Hashemy shares practical pearls in prescribing, stocking, dispensing of common and not so common botanical medicines. This presentation focuses on the child exhibiting cognitive delay, the impulsive/inattentive child (ADHD), the anxious child, the depressed child, and the child with substance-related or addictive disorder. This presentation covers useful exemplar formulations and variations featuring Dr El-Hashemy’s Mental health botanical “pantry” including: Nepeta cataria (catnip), Bacopa monnieri (bacopa), Piper methysticum (kava) Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng), Withania somnifera (ashwagandha), Passiflora incarnata (passionflower), Pinus pinaster (maritime pine), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Ginkgo biloba, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender), Melissa officinalis, Crataegus oxyacantha, Eschscholzia californica, Magnolia biondii, Rhodiola rosea, Leonurus cardiac, Rauwolfia serpentina, Scutellaria lateriflora, Valeriana officinalis, Crocus sativus (saffron), Curcuma longa, Huperzine A (Chinese club moss), Cinnamomum aromaticum, Hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus), Schisandra chinensis, Salvia officinalis, Rosmarinus officinalis.


No Ingestion Required: Herbs as Scent, Steam, Soaks and More

Presenter: Missy Rohs

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Teas, tinctures, and capsules are great, but what about other ways to use herbs medicinally? We’ll talk about ways to achieve profound physical healing with herbs that don’t require taking them orally. Engaging with plants in these other ways can be fun, creative, sensual, or deeply pragmatic. Plus, it expands the range of people who can work with herbs safely, making herbalism more accessible to all. Come expand your understanding of what constitutes ‘medicine!’


Cannabis and Botanical Formulations

Presenter: Glen Nagel, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Cannabis is a plant with star power. The current greening of the USA with changing cannabis laws. Many states now have recreational cannabis which means that many of our friends, clients and patients are able to access cannabis medicine. These folks are also using other botanicals. In this talk will present an overview of the current state of cannabis medicine and discuss the energetics of cannabis. Dr Nagel will give an overview of active constituents of cannabis including THC, CBD other minor cannabinoid’s as well as the various terpenes. An overview of the Cannabinoid system and its effects on human physiology. Dr Nagel will discuss the combination of cannabis with other herbs and relevant research as well as any potential cautions. Cannabis has the potential to be one of the best botanical synergists if we can understand its actions and ability to work well with other herbs.


Culture is Medicine

Presenter: Gary Ferguson, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Many of our natural healing approaches have a deep connection to indigenous cultures around the world. As we examine the cultural roots of these modalities, as we deepen our understanding of the contexts from which our medicines come, we deepen both our understanding and practice of these healing agents and techniques. In this workshop, we will dialogue around the healing plants along with the stories and ceremonies that go with them from the indigenous cultures of the North. We will cover the origins of blockbuster drugs like Tamoxifen, whose analog is from Taxus brevifolia (Pacific Yew), and how intellectual property in the future of medicines from plants is being handled differently than in the past.


Types of Pain and Herbal Management Tools

Presenter: Jillian Stansbury, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

This lecture explores 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. We also discuss topical applications with a number of exact recipes being shared, and we will detail herbs that have specific niche indications for unique types of pain such as renal colic, bone pain, metastatic pain.


All Presentations under Traditional Roots Conference 2019

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $859 CAD

CE Hours: 31.5 hours


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Traditional Roots Conference 2018

Tick-Borne Diseases: Their Effective Treatment Including Botanical and Complementary Therapies

Presenter: David Winston, RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

This class discusses the history and current understanding of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and other co-infections. We examine both the current conventional approaches to treatment as well as complementary protocols, the use of botanicals to enhance the effectiveness of orthodox therapy, and the treatment of many Lyme-related symptoms such as fatigue, arthritis, Bell’s Palsy, brain fog and insomnia. We also explore new research on dosing patters that can make both conventional and herbal therapies more effective for treatment of acute and chronic Lyme infections. We also discuss conventional antibiotics used to treat tick-borne diseases, including doxycycline, amoxicillin, cefurotime, telithromycin, azithromycin, tetracycline, mepron.


Delights of Diversity, Medicinal Trees on the Landscape: Zero Medicine Miles

Presenter: Richo Cech

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Join Richo Cech on a photographic tour through his gardens at Strictly Medicinal Seeds in Williams, Oregon. Participants learn about the medicinal uses, horticulture and landscaping potential of elderberry (Sambucus nigra), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), linden (Tilia cordata), witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), spice bush (Lindera benzoin), horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and Eleutherococcus (E. senticosus). Richo also discuesses herbaceous medicinal plants that grow well in the shade of these trees.


Beyond the Bottle: Botanicals as Partners in Practice

Presenter: Bevin Clare MSc, RH, CNS

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Explore the use of medicinal plants in daily, dietary preparations with therapeutic targets. Through a case-study model, we review the use of plants in medicinal preparations such as soups, pestos, beverages, and even healing desserts. As herbalists, we have the option to move beyond the bottle to a sensory approach to herbal medicine that can fit seamlessly into life and practice.


Fresh vs. Dry Herbs: Is There a Difference

Presenter: Eric Yarnell, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

There is a significant debate about whether or not dry herbs differ from the fresh herbs they derive from in nature. Examples from the scientific literature will look at differences in chemistry when plants are dried, as well as a comparison of tinctures made from fresh and dry specimens of the same herb in a study conducted in part by Dr. Yarnell. Examples of herbs that are best used fresh vs. dried are presented. Clinicians are urged to share their own anecdotes and experience with fresh vs. dry herbs.


Analgesics: The Search for Effective Pain Relief

Presenter: David Winston, RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

The search for effective, safe and non-addictive pain medication is an age-old quest. Studies show many people – especially the elderly, the poor, people of color and women – are undertreated for chronic pain. While herbs are not as powerful as opiates and other pharmaceutical medications, they can offer safer and often highly effective pain management. In this talk we discuss how specific herbs can relieve specific types of pain, how to combine herbs to create a synergistic effect and reduce inflammation, pain perception and spasm and how botanicals can enhance the effects of pharmaceutical pain medications. The focus of this class is to give the clinician the precise tools needed to manage pain with herbs. To that end we learn to describe the types and nature of pain, the location of the pain and the most effective combinations of herbs to treat pain syndromes. For too long herbalists have thought our ability to effectively relieve pain is very limited. This is untrue once you stop using generic “pain” herbs and understand how we can help control pain with precision and specificity in our herb choices. We also discuss some conventional pain medications and their limitations and adverse effects. Pharmaceutical classes covered include opiods, COX-2 inhibitors, NSAIDS.


Native Infusion: Diabetes Prevention through Traditional Teas

Presenter: Elise Krohn, M.Ed.

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Simply changing what we drink can have a profound impact on our health. In this hands-on workshop Elise Krohn will share knowledge from Native Infusion: Rethink Your Drink. Elise co-developed the curriculum and educational resources with Muckleshoot Traditional Plants Program Director Valerie Segrest through First Nations Development Institute to promote healthy and culturally rooted beverages. Elise will share specific seasonal plants that can be prepared as flavored waters and teas including evergreen tree tips, dandelion, hawthorn, huckleberry, nettle, strawberry and rose. Strategies for educating people about the health impacts of sugary drinks will be included, as well as time to sample teas.


Sambucus: A Global Medicine of Substance and Magic

Presenter: Bevin Clare MSc, RH, CNS

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Take a journey to discover the Sambucus genera and their application, research and lore around the globe with specific clinical prescriptions as well as a presentation rich with the story and lore of these globally embraced plants.


Organ Reserve and Trophorestorative Herbs

Presenter: Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Organ reserve was first was described in the 80s by Dr. James Fries after seeing the significant variability in function in geriatric populations. Defined as innate and environmentally induced modes of favorable adaption that lead to extended cellular defense as well as physical and cognitive function, this construct is not just about genes. Environmental exposures such as diet and medicinal plants appear to play a significant role in extending functional capacity. Unfortunately, the paradigm of organ reserve is poorly understood in clinical therapeutics four decades later. We discuss this insightful and clinically relevant model and the implications of the trophorestorative plants that may preserve our reserve and induce the ability of organs to successfully return to their original physiological state following repeated episodes of biochemical, physical and emotional stress.


Herban Legends and Clinical Pearls

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

An Herban Legend is a persistent, widely and firmly held belief about a plant and its medicinal effects which is not true. The origin of the Legend or its rationale is obscure or forgotten, and is usually based on misinterpretation of some fact of science or tradition. It is repeated, believed and repeated again from textbook to textbook, teacher to teacher, article to article and herbalist to herbalist, across a generation, and guides regular practice. A large number of such Legends, most arising in the last 30 years, infect the modern North American materia medica and weaken the effectiveness of our clinical practice. Each of the herbs, however, have some potent “clinical pearl” unrelated to the legend itself. We discuss Herban Legends and Clinical Pearls for Devil’s Club (Oplopanax), Lomatium, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa), Feverfew (Tanacetum), Juniper (Juniperus), Lobelia, Echinacea, Goldenseal (Hydrastis), and Wild Yam (Dioscorea).


Herbal First Aid

Presenter: Greta de la Montagne RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Herbal First Aid takes advantage of widely available materials such as kitchen spices, weeds and wild plants. Knowing which useful remedies are often close at hand can be empowering to communities, especially those facing economic challenges, a catastrophic natural disaster, or just simply those who wish to live closer to the earth and focus on resilience and self-sufficiency. This class covers basic herbal first aid skills and assessment tools gathered from Greta’s 26 years of herbal first aid and healthcare practice.


The Worst Weeds are Your Best Medicine

Presenter: David Winston, RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Weeds are despised, poisoned and known for creating significant environmental damage. We spend billions of dollars and endless work hours in our attempts to eradicate them, while damaging our environment further by spraying toxic herbicides. What if there was a way to reduce their spread without dangerous chemicals that also provided people (and animals) with time-tested medicines to cure our ills? In this class we explore the medicinal use of common aggressive weeds and how they are used in other cultures (TCM, Ayurveda, TEM) as effective remedies. By encouraging the use of these plants we provide environmental benefits, reduce pressure on over-harvested indigenous herbs and have an almost endless source of fresh, potent and effective medicinal plants growing in our gardens, backyards, farm fields and forests.


Healthy Grieving Guide to Death and Dying

Presenter: Greta de la Montagne RH (AHG)

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

We will describe little-known, but well-established facts about human physiology, each of which either demonstrates the wisdom and relevance of some traditional herbal practices in herbal medicine, or will change the way you use herbs with patients now. Subtopics include the healing power of mucus; the urinary alkaline tide; the speed of kidney filtration; the gut wall as lymphoid tissue; connective tissue as immunological organ; plasma protein re-circulation in the lymph; and transdermal absorption of botanical medicines. In each case the relevance of the physiology to one or more categories of herbal forms or actions is described. Categories of herbs include expectorants, demulcents, vulneraries, anti-inflammatories, lymphatics and alteratives, as well as comparison of tinctures, teas and topical applications.


Amazing Physiological Facts that Will Change Your Practice of Herbalism

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

We will describe little-known, but well-established facts about human physiology, each of which either demonstrates the wisdom and relevance of some traditional herbal practices in herbal medicine, or will change the way you use herbs with patients now. Subtopics include the healing power of mucus; the urinary alkaline tide; the speed of kidney filtration; the gut wall as lymphoid tissue; connective tissue as immunological organ; plasma protein re-circulation in the lymph; and transdermal absorption of botanical medicines. In each case the relevance of the physiology to one or more categories of herbal forms or actions is described. Categories of herbs include expectorants, demulcents, vulneraries, anti-inflammatories, lymphatics and alteratives, as well as comparison of tinctures, teas and topical applications.


The House that Herbs Built: Creating Safe Space for People with Mental Illness

Presenter: Sue Sierralupe, Clinical Herbalist

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Sue Sierralupe discusses the four most common mental health conditions she sees in her street clinic in Eugene, Oregon, including anxiety, schizophrenia syndrome and symptoms, substance abuse and several forms of depression. She shares the herbal and nutritional protocols that have been most effective clinically along with principles of patient-centered care. Conditions discussed include: Anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, dissociative identity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; Schizophrenia syndrome and temporary schizophrenia symptoms; Substance abuse including cigarettes, alcohol or drugs; Depression including bipolar disorder, peripartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, situational depression, atypical depression, persistent depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and major depression.


Terpenes

Presenter: Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

The terpenes have gained increasing notoriety as of late due to their lore in the aromatherapy realm as well as their recent notoriety in the field of cannabinoid therapeutics. There are hundreds of plant species that contain terpenes in notable concentrations, concentrations that allow for therapeutic effect. In this lecture we take a journey through a jungle of small molecules and talk about the therapeutic effects of specific terpenes and the plants that contain them.


Wild Rose: The Universal Medicine

Presenter: Elise Krohn, M.Ed.

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Rose holds mythic status. Its teachings, medicinal and nutritional value and culinary use are celebrated all over the world. Join Elise Krohn as she shares stories and herbal perspectives about this precious plant. Participants learn how to identify, harvest and use local wild rose, as well as other types of roses. Elise shares therapeutic actions for rose as well as techniques for making several medicines including tea, infused honey, infused oil, lip balm and easy rosehip jam.


Confessions of a Radical Herbalist

Presenter: Catherine Hunziker

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Share in the stories, insights, philosophy and formulating strategy of an activist turned herbalist, turned entrepreneur, turned activist again. Take a fresh look at the difference between pharmaceuticals and ‘whole herb’ extracts and the importance of a broad phytochemical profile in medicinal plants. Learn about the case histories that have informed many of WishGarden’s most popular formulas and Catherine’s formulating philosophy. Rediscover the formidable strength, safety and beauty of whole plant medicine as it contributes towards more effective herbal formulas and a more sustainable future for generations to come.


Vanishing North American Materia Medica

Presenter: Eric Yarnell, ND

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Numerous native American herbs have largely fallen out of use (Morella/Myrica, Sassafras, Chionanthus, Fraxinus, Polymnia, Chelone, Asarum, etc.). The reasons for this are discussed, including the concept of “herbs of commerce” and how profit-driven enterprises has real toxic effects on clinical practice, the move away from contact with plants as urbanization continues unabated, as well as possible failures in the education system for herbalists today. Dr. Yarnell also discusses how to use some of these valuable, forgotten herbs. The case of revival of use of Pedicularis and Fouquieria is used to show that this trend can be reversed, and that there is enormous opportunity for clinicians and herbal scholars today to help maintain and broaden the materia medica.


All Presentations under Traditional Roots Conference 2018

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $859 CAD

CE Hours: 36 hours


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Traditional Roots Conference 2017

Cancer Materia Medica: Treatment Planning and the Cytotoxic Herbs (Part 1 & 2)

Presenter: Chanchal Cabrera

Cost: $158 CAD

CE Hours: 3.5 hours

Many herbs can be used to support a person with cancer – well-researched options include turmeric, green tea, medicinal mushrooms and adaptogens. However, less frequently used are the cytotoxic herbs that target cancer cells directly. These are often drop-dose herbs with significant risks and side effects, but are also some our most useful materia medica in treating cancer. Knowing when and how to use these herbs, understanding their complex phyto-pharmacology and risk profiles, and their constitutional indications can significantly improve clinical outcomes. Specific discussion includes herb / drug interactions and combining herbs safely with chemotherapy. Botanical remedies discussed include: Artemisia annua, Podophylum peltatum, Taxus brevifolia, Asimina triloba, Camptotheca acuminata, Phytolacca sp., Chelidonium majus, Thuja occidentalis.


The New Herbal Bitters: New Uses for the Most Ancient of Tastes

Presenter: Glen Nagel, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Herbalists, naturopaths and traditional healers have all understood the power of bitters to support digestion, ease bloating and gas. Now, new models and research point to the possibility that bitters have a much wider role in health and disease. Could chronic thyroid disease, heart disease, metabolic disease, and diabetes be a bitter deficiency? Is our aversion to bitter foods and herbs hurting our health? This talk covers the emerging theories and describes a new world of activity for the most ancient of tastes.


Oceans of Emotion: Addressing the Roots of Imbalance

Presenter: Nicole Telkes

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

How do we and our clients remain emotionally balanced when life keeps throwing curveballs? Trauma is real and some populations have more exposure than others, so how do we address trauma as clinicians if we are not trained to offer talk therapy? Some physical signs of illness and disease can be traced back to emotional, or some believe, spiritual roots. This class covers ways to stay mentally healthy and offer unique solutions for clients dealing with mental health struggles pulling from traditional practices like Curanderismo and Ayurveda. We discuss story medicine, ritual, and using unique herbal remedies for cleansing, as well as ways to incorporate plants on various levels of healing for emotional and spiritual health. We also talk about single plants and pairs that are used to help balance emotions as whole plants, and essential oils, and flower essences.


Reclaiming Lost Herbal Treasures: Surprising Findings in Kneipp’s Apotheca

Presenter: Sussanna Czeranko, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

In 1896, Benedict Lust had opened up his first business selling health products, including a full line of Father Sebastian Kneipp herbs. Kneipp’s apotheca became the foundation for the early naturopaths and continue to form the main elements of an herbal apothecary today. Lust had studied with Kneipp and used the entire Kneipp apotheca, which consisted of less than 50 common herbs all of which were classified as non-toxic. Over the next two decades, Lust enriched and expanded the Kneippian apotheca to include more than 175 herbs — with uses that may surprise that may surprise the modern practitioner.


Mastering the Menstruum in Herbal Extracts

Presenter: Glen Nagel, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

A menstruum is a liquid mixture used to extract herbal products. Herbalists and medicine makers always have lively discussions about using which concentrations and combinations of alcohol, glycerin and water make the best herbal extracts. Dr. Nagel discusses the various menstruum options and which maximize different herbal constituents. This class offers answers and practical, take- home advice on how to making the best medicine for your purposes.


Natural Management of Surgery

Presenter: Chanchal Cabrera

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

This presentation covers natural options that clinicians have for providing post-surgery care to their patients. Focus is given to herbal treatments that can reduce inflammation and pain associated with recovery from surgery.


Red, White, Black and Blue: Differentiating the Cohoshes

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Actaea and Caulophyllum species have been used in North American medicine for centuries, and were mainstay herbs in the medical practice of all schools medicine. Baneberry and Black Cohosh of the Actaea genus are frequently viewed today as different medicines even though historically they have been used interchangeably. And while Actaea species and Caulophyllum are not related through constituents or botany, they have many properties in common, and have frequently been used historically as a pair in neurological, respiratory, and obstetrical applications. This presentation reviews the science and the traditions of these three powerful herbs.


The Art of Herbal Formulation

Presenter: Alexis Durham

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Formulation is the artistry of herbalism: it combines everything you know about materia medica and research with gut instinct to create unique formulae for each patient. But formulating also can be daunting, trying to cover all bases while offering the minimal intervention necessary to help the body restore itself. This class looks at simples, pairs and structures for creating multi-herb formulae. The presenter also discusses ways to improve your formulations and common pitfalls.


Restoring Gastrointestinal Motility

Presenter: Jillian Stansbury, ND

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

Impaired intestinal motility leads to dysbiosis and predisposes to SIBO. When motility impairment is severe, gastroparesis may result, in turn leading to malnutrition, frequent nausea and vomiting. Impaired motility can also lead to osteoporosis, anemia and other complications. This presentation will discuss numerous botanical options for restoring impaired gastric and intestinal motility, and will show why acid-blocking drugs may contribute to motility disorders. We also will also detail how the hormones motilin and ghrelin – the hunger hormone – may offer some benefits.


Shinrin Yoku: The Japanese Art and Science of Forest Bathing

Presenter: Chanchal Cabrera

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Why do we give flowers for celebrations and special events? Why do we pay premium prices to have room with a view? Why do we cultivate houseplants when we live in apartments and why do we have planter boxes in our malls and public places? Whether we know it or not, these plants are all emitting aromatic molecules, pumping out specific chemistry that can help us heal. In Japan the practice of contemplative waking in pine forests is considered a valuable medicine and your doctor can prescribe you time off work for forest bathing practices. In this exciting experiential session we explore the science and research behind the practice as well as going outside and experiencing the healing power of trees for ourselves.


New Insights into Commonplace and Undervalued Herbs

Presenter: Paul Bergner

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Sometimes our most commonplace herbs, often growing abundantly around us, are overlooked in favor of newer, exotic, or imported herbs or preparations. But the commonplace “boring” herbs endure through millennia because they are reliable, potent, and often versatile in their applications. Recent scientific research gives insights into the mechanisms of some traditional uses, and adds knowledge about possible expanded applications. This presentation covers recent research and traditional uses for Urtica, Matricaria, Althaea, Allium sativum, Plantago, Calendula, and Hypericum. These plants are abundant, inexpensive or free, powerful and truly “people’s medicines.”


Plant Provings

Presenter: Nicole Telkes

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Traditional, holistic systems of medicine understand that in order to offer remedies and true paths to healing we must be able to not only know their actions, but their qualities and what areas of the body they affect. Today, evidence-based medicine values data in the form of clinical trials. We will be gathering data in the form of organoleptic learning, finding patterns through sipping tea and doing a plant proving. Plant sits often are used to help understand the spirit of the plant, but in this workshop we dissect the physiological workings of a plant we ingest. We look at flavors, qualities, and how to sort through and define actions in the body.


Herbs for the Heart and Emotional Healing

Presenter: Alexis Durham

Cost: $69 CAD

CE Hours: 1.5 hours

Historically, the heart has been regarded as a source of wisdom, spiritual insight, courage, thought and emotion. It wasn’t until the 1700s that humans began relegating this spiritual center to the role of a machine, whose function was only that of pumping blood. Modern research reminds us that the heart is an incredibly complex, dynamic and intelligent organ, communicating with and influencing the brain and the rest of the body. This class will cover the traditional uses, mythology and lore of several heart-centered herbal allies, with additional emphasis on dietary and lifestyle changes that can support healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.


Herbalism as Resistance

Presenter: Nicole Telkes

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

The history of herbal medicine is founded in rooted rebels whose interactions with plants changed the way we experience nature and our own health. What herbs inspired the herbalists who’ve gone on to inspire us? How did they use those herbs in clinical practice? Starting in Culpeper’s time and moving to our modern inspirational figures we look at how they used herbs to create a more vibrant community of resistance – and how they are still fighting to keep herbal medicine the people’s medicine.


Clinical Case PanelHerbalism and the Therapeutic Order – Discussion on Fatigue and Thyroid Disease

Presenters: Tania Neubauer (moderator), Carrie Pattison, & Lupin DeMuth

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

The therapeutic order describes a strategy, fundamental to naturopathic medicine and applicable across herbal disciplines, of using the gentlest methods to support the foundations of health in all patients, before simply treating the disease. A case study of a patient with fatigue and thyroid disease is reviewed, with three practitioners giving their views on how to approach the case using the therapeutic order as a strategy. Participants also analyze the case using the same strategy.


Clinical Case Panel: Shingles

Presenters: Mimi Hernandez (moderator), Missy Rohs & Shalini Almeida

Cost: $89 CAD

CE Hours: 2 hours

In this clinical case panel the moderator reviews case to be discussed and explains format to participants. Each of 3 panelists takes 20 minutes to discuss their approach to the case. The third panelist is the moderator who then reviews how they addressed the case and what happened with it.


All Presentations under Traditional Roots Conference 2017

Multiple Presenters

Cost: $799 CAD

CE Hours: 31 hours


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