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Traditional Roots Conference 2018

Title & DescriptionPresenter

Cost

(CE Hours)


All Presentations


Multiple presenters

$859 CAD

(36 hours)


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

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.


David Winston, RH (AHG)

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


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

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.


Richo Cech

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Beyond the Bottle: Botanicals as Partners in Practice

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.


Bevin Clare MSc, RH, CNS

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Fresh vs. Dry Herbs: Is There a Difference

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.


Eric Yarnell, ND

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Analgesics: The Search for Effective Pain Relief

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.


David Winston, RH (AHG)

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Native Infusion: Diabetes Prevention through Traditional Teas

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.


Elise Krohn, M.Ed.

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)

Sambucus: A Global Medicine of Substance and Magic

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.

Bevin Clare MSc, RH, CNS

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Organ Reserve and Trophorestorative Herbs

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.


Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Herban Legends and Clinical Pearls

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).


Paul Bergner

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Herbal First Aid

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.


Greta de la Montagne RH (AHG)

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


The Worst Weeds are Your Best Medicine

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.


David Winston, RH (AHG)

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Healthy Grieving Guide to Death and Dying

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.


Greta de la Montagne RH (AHG)

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)

Amazing Physiological Facts that Will Change Your Practice of Herbalism


Paul Bergner

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


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

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.


Sue Sierralupe, Clinical Herbalist

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Terpenes

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.


Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Wild Rose: The Universal Medicine

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.


Elise Krohn, M.Ed.

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Confessions of a Radical Herbalist

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.


Catherine Hunziker

$89 CAD

(2.0 hours)


Vanishing North American Materia Medica

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.


Eric Yarnell, ND

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)

45th Parallel Chinese Medicine Conference 2017

Title & DescriptionPresenter

Cost

(CE Hours)

All Presentations
Multiple presenters

$499 CAD

(12 hours)


Connections Between Chinese Medicine and Homeopathy

Classical Chinese Medicine is based on the vitalistic belief that the body has both the spiritual and physical resources within itself to heal. Of all western medical traditions, homeopathy shares this core tenant and the belief that the body just needs to be stimulated to react, and this healing at the level of body, mind, and spirit will occur. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, noted that sometimes patients would relapse into ill health even after apparent cure. He developed the concept of Miasm as an explanation of a hidden chronic disease. The 4 Miasms commonly discussed: Psora, Sycosis, Tuberculosis, and Syphilitic bear some similarity to the 6 conformation theory discussed by Zhang Zhongjing in the Shang Han Lun. 
Through comparing these two theories we can expand our ability to diagnose our patients, and further expand our treatment approaches to assist in supporting our patients back to health.


David Berkshire, MAc, LAc

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Heart and Brain: Water, Fire, and the Ko Cycle

Five element cartography is an effective and unique system of medicine that diagnoses and treats the cause of disease. David Ford explains and promotes the idea of elemental balance with the patient and their surroundings. In standard TCM teaching, the Ko cycle is taught as a cycle of restraint and control. 
This presentation re-examines this idea and re-frames Ko as the force for balance and harmony. Participants will be presented with a method for mapping the elements within their patients to identify imbalances and restore harmony through treatment.


David Ford, LAc

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Gentle Acupuncture and Manual Therapies for Chronic Lyme Disease

Chronic Lyme disease over time exhausts the yang and yin of a patient. From a modern perspective the nervous system of these patients is under attack, and it does not serve them to use strongly stimulating techniques—not 
with needles, not with moxa, not with bodywork. We need instead to utilize far gentler methods. We can switch to 42 or even 44 gauge needles and insert them only superficially for a short time. Beyond there are surface techniques 
with a teishin or enshin that are very helpful. What can be done without learning whole new systems of acupuncture? As it turns out, a lot can be accomplished 
just by adjusting what we already do, but we do need to tone our typical approach down, and we need to learn to trust subtler systems of assessment so that we know we are on the right track. I will teach abdominal assessment 
and forearm assessment so that a clear idea of five-phase imbalances can be determined. With this assessment in mind we can choose appropriate treatment points, e.g., source points for the phases that are shown to be deficient.


Bob Quinn, DAOM, LAc

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Essential External Applications of Chinese Herbs

This presentations offers an overview of external applications of Chinese herbs. Because this is a vast subject, the goal of this presentation is to introduce the concepts behind external applications, introduce several common application methods such as daubing powders, applying soaks, washes and compresses, and applying soft plasters. In addition, we introduce the method of preparation and method of usage of several of the methods of external application including Ru Yi Jin Huang San, Bing Peng San, and Da Huang Di Yu San. While the majority of the discussions will target dermatological disorders or treatment of sprains, strains, and contusions. This presentation also includes some external applications for the treatment of internal disorders.


Andrew Ellis

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Immunology and the Bioenergetic Anatomy

The Immune System’ was an outgrowth of understanding the treatment of AIDS. Contemporary epidemics of cancer, some causes of diabetes, and auto-immune diseases have a clear basis in the murky world of immunity. Environmental pollution from chemical, parasitical and nuclear radiation sources pose growing challenges for global health. Chinese medicine–particularly its classical reservoirs–can provide a more accurate understanding for all pracitioners and researchers with what is going on in the body in response to these unprecedented conditions. Contemporary Chinese treatment methods, particularly overlooked non-needle techniques, afford practitioners and patients with empowering tools for direct investigation and treatment of all immune conditions.


Roger Batchelor, DAOM, LAc

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Common Uses for Uncommon Herbs and Uncommon Uses for Common Herbs

Over the history of Chinese medicine some unique uses of specific herbs have developed. Some of these uses are typically not found in English language texts and some are never or rarely seen even in modern Chinese texts. This presentation discusses some of these uses and gives the background information necessary to enable practitioners to apply these unique and effective herbs in situations for which they may or may not have previously considered them. Further, this presentations covers some less commonly used herbs that are particularly useful for disorders that we frequently see in the clinic. This presentations emphasizes clinical utility and aims to give participants information that will be immediately application to their practices. It includes both internal and external uses for the herbs.


Andrew Ellis

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Understanding Classical Case Studies

The modern practice of Chinese medicine can be quite neglectful of classic historical case studies. In this, language barriers are perhaps the biggest problem for a western audience. In this presentation, a number of previously untranslated acupuncture and herbal case studies are presented and analyzed for the modern clinician. Attention is given to how these case studies inform the practitioner and how the underlying epistemology is different but still informative from a clinical perspective. For each case, a simple introduction to the historical background of the time the case was written is given to better contextualize the material.


Brenda Hood, PhD, LAc

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)


Gu Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Conditions

Gu Syndrome is a chronic inflammatory syndrome involving an autoimmune reaction and/or simultaneous infections by many different pathogens or parasites such as funguses, viruses and spirochetes. These simultaneous infections thrive upon each other’s existence and symbiotically assist each other in the process of feeding on the infected person. This presentation gives an overview of different manifestations of Gu Syndrome, describes the history of Gy Syndome in classical Chinese medical texts, and describes different treatments for Gu Syndrome such as the application of Chinese Herbs and adherence to an anti-inflammatory diet.


Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, LAc

$69 CAD

(1.5 hours)