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Jessica Baker, LAc, RH (AHG)
Price: $150.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN JUNE/JULY 2018.

Dive into this 4-session intensive series with Jessica Baker, LAc, RH (AHG) as we explore cannabis and its many healing actions and attributes.

The breakdown of topics for this webinar series includes:

Session One: The Endogenous Cannabinoid System
In the first of four webinars, we will discuss the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and its role in maintaining homeostasis in the body. The ECS is a network of neuro-modulation receptors within our brains, immune systems, and other parts of the body. It is a hemostatic regulatory system essential for key processes like pain, appetite, memory, and mood and pain regulation. The ECS also plays a role in regulating mitochondrial activity and neurogenesis. We will explore how the ECS interacts with other systems of the body and how herbalists can work with cannabis and other herbs to encourage optimum physiologic function.

Session Two: Phytocannabinoids: Beyond THC
Phytocannabinoids such as THC (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBN (cannabinol) are found in varying amounts in all cannabis plants. High THC chemovars psychoactive properties are a result of prohibition but research also shows many health benefits of THC, such as being an anti-emetic and anti-inflammatory. Hemp is non-psychoactive and contains higher amounts of the phytocannabinoid CBD. Research on CBD shows it to be anti-convulsant, analgesic, and cytotoxic against breast cancer cells. In this webinar we will discuss the therapeutic and modulating effects of CBD and THC, as well as briefly review lesser known phytocannabinoids.

Session Three: The Role of Terpenes in Cannabis
While terpenes are gaining popularity because of the rise in media coverage on medical and recreational cannabis use, terpenes have already been extensively studied for their aromatic and medicinal properties. A constituent like linalool is present in cannabis but is also found in high amounts in lavender, and a multitude of other aromatic plants. This webinar will discuss cannabinoids the most common terpenes found in cannabis, conifers, lavender, frankincense, and other aromatic plants. We will explore the synergy of phytocannabinoids and terpenes and reveal how aroma affects our limbic, endocrine, and endocannabinoid systems.

Session Four: Cannabis Application: Inhalation, Ingestion, or Topical Use
In the last webinar we will discuss different ways to use cannabis as medicine. For some disorders inhalation (smoking, vaping, or aromatherapy) may be the most appropriate, for others ingesting edibles or applying topically will be of most benefit. We will discuss the pros and cons of each application method and consider how sugar, propylene glycol, hexane derived terpenes, and other additives make it into cannabis products. We will review the cannabinoid receptors found in the endocannabinoid system and consider which phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and method of application are best used for conditions like nausea, seizures, pain, memory loss, and more.

Instructor Bio:
Jessica Baker, LAc, RH (AHG) is an author, acupuncturist, herbalist, aromatherapist and educator. Her passion for all plants is reflected in her formulations, private practice and classes on aromatherapy, herbalism, and Chinese medicine. As a continuing education provider, she teaches at several herbal symposia and acupuncture conferences throughout the United States. Jessica is on the faculty of the Holistic Cannabis Academy and The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. Having many years experience as a clinician, Jessica is a master formulator, understanding the importance of plant synergy and energetics. This expertise has given her the opportunity to assist in the formulation of herbal products for large and small businesses.

Jessica has completed her first book, Plant Songs: Reflections on Herbal Medicine, through Balboa Press, where she won the contract through a Hay House Writer's Workshop.  Her essential oil blends under Baker Botanica launch in 2018.

Cost for this invaluable training is only $100.00 for AHG Members, or $150.00 for the general public.

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Price:: $150.00
Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG)
Price: $150.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018.

Although the endocrine system can be intricate and complicated, herbs are our allies in shifting the body into hormonal harmony. In this webinar series, Maria will demystify the endocrine system, keying in on four common areas of concern: stress and the adrenals, blood sugar and the pancreas, the thyroid, and men and women’s hormone balance. You will see how interconnected the nervous-endocrine system is and how to approach seemingly complex cases with herbs as a primary agent of change.

Session 1: Introduction, Stress & Adrenals: Get a basic introduction to the endocrine system and hormone messengers, then delve into the HPA axis and how to regulate stress response with herbs (particularly nervines and adaptogens), diet, and lifestyle. One adaptogen does not fit all. Learn how to choose the best plants for your client.

Session 2: Blood Sugar & the Pancreas: Although we look to blood sugar and insulin balance when dealing with type 2 diabetes and metabolic disorders in particular, subtle imbalances can influence a range of health concerns including mood and cognitive issues, heart disease, cancer risk, inflammation and pain, and reproductive hormone imbalance. We will discuss the benefits of antioxidants, fiber-rich plants, hypoglycemics, and bitters alongside diet and lifestyle changes to profoundly impact diabetes risk as well as other imbalances.

Session 3: Thyroid Balance: Thyroid disease is on the rise, particularly in women, and the vast majority of thyroid imbalance has autoimmune origins. Learn how to support both the hormones and the immune system in both hypothyroid and hyperthyroid states including Hashimoto’s and Grave's. We will discuss a variety of promising herbs as well as the pros and cons of microminerals, food choices, and lifestyle.

Session 4: Men & Women’s Hormone Balance: Finally, we turn to the reproductive hormones and the herbs and lifestyle changes that help nudge gonads gone awry into happy glands. As the least essential body system, the reproductive system is easily affected by imbalances elsewhere in the body, including stress and blood sugar balance. We’ll key on on specific adaptogens as well as more direct hormonal herbs for testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and oxytocin balance. These changes can help relieve difficult andropause and perimenopause transitions, PMS, BHP, PCOS, fertility, etc.

Cost for this invaluable training is only $100.00 for AHG Members, or $150.00 for the general public.

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Price:: $150.00
Howie Brounstein, Ingrid Bauer, Susan Fidler, Ashley Litecky Elenbaas, Christopher Hobbs, Nicole Telkes, Jenn Dazey, Christa Sinadinos, and Andrew Bentley
Price: $125.00

THESE CLASSES WERE RECORDED IN OCTOBER 2017.

STREET ACTION HERBAL SUPPORT with Nicole Telkes

Resistance is fertile. This class will help prepare herbalists to go out onto the streets, support others, and take care of themselves herbally. We will look specifically at building mobile first aid kits and what happens if you find yourself in a volatile situation.

TEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE HERBAL TREATMENTS FOR COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS with Christa Sinadinos

Variations of these ten herbal extracts and tea formulas have been used on thousands of patients in Christa’s clinic and can be modified for individuals. Participants will review numerous compounds for treating: anxiety and depression, adrenal dysfunction, pain and muscle spasms, menstrual cramping, pre-menstrual syndrome, sinus infections, allergies, lower respiratory infections, lymphatic stagnation, and digestive disorders.

CAFFIENDS! THE HISTORY AND A REVIEW OF THE SCIENCE OF CAFFEINE-CONTAINING HERBS with Christopher Hobbs

We’ll cover the history, science, and utility of coffee, tea, yerba mate, kola nut, and guarana. We’ll discuss studied effects and known benefits of caffeine-containing herbs on energy, alertness, sleep cycles, REM and delta-sleep, and health. Learn when to recommend based on energetics and known side effects. Learn the science of withdrawal, possible deleterious effects during pregnancy, potential harmful effects of long-term use, and safe dosages.

NATURAL MANAGEMENT OF METHYLATION DEFECTS (NUTRIGENOMICS) – UNZIPPING THE GENES with Susan Filder

Adequate methylation is necessary for good gene expression, viral immunity, neurological health, faithful cell reproduction, hormone regulation, moderating the inflammatory cascade, detoxification of the liver, checking histamine production, formation of neurotransmitters, etc. Inadequate methylation worsens many diseases and increases incidence of infections and cancer. Interpretation of genetic testing, case histories, recovery, and forming sensible protocols will be covered.

PLANTS OF PROTECTION: GUARDING AGAINST TRAUMA, GRIEF, AND DISCRIMINATION WITH HERBAL ALLIES with Ashley Litecky Elenbaas

We live in a world that is not always kind, fair, or just. Over the course of human history, plants have always been a part of our quest to overcome these negative forces. In this session, we will explore the effects of trauma on the mind, body, and psyche and five classical herbs that were used to protect us from life's hardships.

INITIATING LIFESTYLE CHANGES IN CHRONIC ILLNESS with Jenn Dazey

Although herbs are effective in managing chronic conditions like heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and COPD, the key to long-term resolution is lifestyle change, a difficult obstacle to address. Instead of using an herb to treat a specific disease, a practitioner might find greater success in affecting the lifestyle. We’ll cover “red flags” in patient compliance and ways to keep clients on track and strengthen trust.

NORTHWEST NERVINES FOR THE CHRONICALLY AGITATED with Howie Brounstein

In today’s hectic multi-tasking culture, herbs that calm the nervous system and offset stress are some of the most popular. This class will cover the general uses of these tranquilizing and muscle relaxing herbs, ranging from insomnia and circular thoughts to cramps and sprains. We will explore skullcap, valerian, and pedicularis with case histories and a liberal sprinkling of humor.

OPIATE CESSATION: A NOVEL APPROACH with Andrew Bentley

Opiate overuse and abuse are serious and widespread health problems. This lecture will touch on some of the neurological, psychological, and social mechanisms through which opiate addiction self-perpetuates, then explore a novel approach to support patients who are transitioning off opiates, with the mood-stabilizing and drug-metabolizing effects of St. John’s wort.

RED FLAGS FOR HERBALISTS: WORKING WITH HEAVY SUBSTANCE USERS AND THE HOMELESS with Ingrid Bauer

Herbalists who work with this population often encounter serious health problems that require urgent medical referral. We will review some of the most important red flags that herbalists should be able to identify and use to seek help, including universal precautions, wound infections, overdose, withdrawal syndromes, and breathing and circulatory emergencies.

Price:: $125.00
Paul Bergner, RH (AHG)
Price: $150.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017.

The key to flexible and patient-specific formulation is the study and understanding of herbal pairs and triplets. These synergistic combinations may make effective interventions on their own, or may become modular components of more complex formulas. In this Webinar series we will describe a template for materia medica assessment that leads to effective herbal pairing, offer a set of principles for combining 2-3 herbs, with examples, then offer a set of 40 or more practical herbal pairs and triplets developed over the more than 40 years of experience of the presenter.

Session One: A materia medica template for effective formulation. Selection and substitution of herbs for specific humoral, clinical, and tissue-specific effects.

Session Two: Principles of herbal pairing with examples from historical and contemporary herbalism.

Session Three: Practical herbal pairs. Forty pairs and triplets of herbs with potent clinical effects.

Session Four: Constructing the patient-specific formula.

Paul Bergner RH (AHG) is the director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and the editor of the Medical Herbalism journal. He has practiced natural medicine, nutrition and dietetics, and medical herbalism since 1973, He developed a comprehensive 2-year curriculum for training medical herbalists, culminating in an 8-10 month clinical residency in a teaching clinic. He has mentored more than 300 clinical students through these programs since 1996 and has trained a total of more than 3000 students through classroom or distance learning programs in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition. He is the author of seven books and publications on medical herbalism, nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine.

Cost for this invaluable training is only $100.00 for AHG Members, or $150.00 for the general public.

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Price:: $150.00
Donnie Yance, RH (AHG)
Price: $150.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017.

This four part webinar series emphasizes advanced clinical applications of botanical, nutritional, and biological medicine principles within a multifaceted framework in order to successfully execute health-building interventions for enhancing patient vitality and lifespan.

The breakdown of topics for this webinar series includes:

ETMS Introduction and Overview

- Philosophical foundations
- Wholistic framework
- Main Branches

  • Branch I – Endogenous environment including patient’s constitution, Three Vital Energies and Five Organ Networks
  • Branch II – Exogenous environment including internal and external factors and influences
  • Branch III – Host-Tumor Relationship and Internal Biological Terrain

- Key Targets

  • Host
  • Tumor
  • Micro-environment

- Key Toolboxes

  • Botanical
  • Nutritional
  • Dietary
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Lifestyle

- Role of botanical and nutritional therapies together with modern medical therapies, lab work, pathology & genomics
- Clinical applications and strategies focused on promoting healing and improving quality of life
- ETMS protocol building

Donnie Yance is a Clinical Master Herbalist and Certified Nutritionist renowned for his extraordinary knowledge and deep understanding of the healing properties of plants and nutrition. He is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. He is alsoprofessed as a Secular Franciscan, which equips him with the breadth and wisdom to touch on the spiritual aspects of healing. Donnie conducts his clinical practice at the Mederi Centre for Natural Healing in Ashland, OR utilizing his unique integrative model known as the Eclectic Triphasic Medical System, which he evolved over more than twenty years of successful patient care. He is the Founder and President of the Mederi Foundation, a not-for-profit organization for professional education and clinical research in holistic medicine and integrative oncology. He is also the President and Formulator of Natura Health Products, a line of advanced botanical and nutritional products for health care practitioners. Donnie is an avid researcher and lectures nationally on his pioneering work in the field of botanical and nutritional medicine. He is the author of Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer and Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging and Chronic Disease.

Cost for this invaluable training is only $100.00 for AHG Members, or $150.00 for the general public.

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Price:: $150.00
Guido Masé, RH (AHG)
Price: $150.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN FEBRUARY 2017.

Part Two: A Case-Based Approach

In the second part of this course, we will review the constituent classes we've studied in part one by watching them in action through a series of case studies. These will be focused on areas of action and pharmacodynamic mechanisms, covering a broad range of physiological areas, with a special section on herbal pharmacology in cancer therapy.

Students will leave with a practical understanding of how plant chemistry works, and be able to assess the potential pharmacodynamic actions and interactions of a given botanical based on its constituent profile. We will pay special attention to clinically relevant effects and to chemical information relevant to extraction, formulation, and absorption. This series would review these constituents in action in a case-based presentation and would be focused on areas of action and botanical spheres of influence. The constituents learned in Part One would come in during the case reviews.

The breakdown of topics for Part Two of this webinar course includes four, two hour sessions:

Session One and Two:

Tissue-level activity of:
Gastrointestinal tract
Urinary tract
Vascular endothelium
Lymphatic channels
Hepatic effects
Epigenetic effects and Gene expression
Review of over 5 cases + special segment on herbal influences on cancer through epigenetic mechanisms.

Session Three and Four:

Tissue-level activity of:
Central nervous system
Gastrointestinal tract
Lymphatic channels / Immune cells
Hepatic effects
Hormone metabolism
Toxicity
Review of over 9-10 cases

Guido Masé RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences. He spent his childhood in Italy, in the central Alps and in a Renaissance town called Ferrara. After traveling the United States, he settled into Vermont where he has been living since 1996.
He is a founder, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a 501(c)(3) non-profit herbal medicine clinic and school that provides comprehensive services focused on whole plants and whole foods. He serves as chief herbalist for the Urban Moonshine, where he works on research, development and quality control for an all-organic whole-plant tincture line, offers education in herbal medicine, and works in clinical practice. He participates in herbal education at the University of Vermont, and is the author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants (Healing Arts Press, 2013) and DIY Bitters (Fair Winds Press, 2015).
Guido's teaching style focuses on conveying the interconnections within the human organism and between the organism and its surrounding ecology. Relying on clinical experience, storytelling, and scientific research, he believes that true strength flows from nature, and that herbal medicine is key to sustainable, successful living.

Cost for this invaluable training is only $100.00 for AHG Members, or $150.00 for the general public.

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Price:: $150.00
Paul Bergner RH (AHG)
Price: $150.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN AUGUST 2017.

Part One: Intakes, Patterns, and Interventions

With comprehensive information gathered in an extended interview, presenting symptoms in a patient can be seen as expressions of broader patterns in diet, activity, lifestyle, and social behaviors of a patient. When the pattern is ascertained, appropriate interventions become clear, and removal of root causes and cultivation of a health-sustaining lifestyle become possible. In this Webinar, we will discuss the information required for a Comprehensive Intake, Interview Skills, and Pattern recognition in a vitalist ecological paradigm. We will then describe 25 patterns commonly seen in the modern clinic, and suggest general strategies and specific interventions with behavioral changes, diet, nutrition, supported by medicinal herbs.

Session One: The Comprehensive Intake. A model and skill set for a comprehensive intake including constitutional considerations, major and minor complaints, individual and family health history, major lifestyle factors, dietary assessment, drug side effects, and more.

Session Two: Patterns, strategies, and interventions I. Humoral patterns, constitution, and lifestyle.

Session Three: Patterns, strategies, and interventions II. Patterns in diet and digestion.

Session Four: Patterns strategies and interventions III. Metabolic, hormonal, and trauma patterns.

Paul Bergner RH (AHG) is the director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and the editor of the Medical Herbalism journal. He has practiced natural medicine, nutrition and dietetics, and medical herbalism since 1973, He developed a comprehensive 2-year curriculum for training medical herbalists, culminating in an 8-10 month clinical residency in a teaching clinic. He has mentored more than 300 clinical students through these programs since 1996 and has trained a total of more than 3000 students through classroom or distance learning programs in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition. He is the author of seven books and publications on medical herbalism, nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine.

Cost for this invaluable training is only $100.00 for AHG Members, or $150.00 for the general public.

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Price:: $150.00
Guido Masé, RH (AHG)
Price: $150.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN NOVEMBER 2016.

Part One: Fundamentals of Herbal Pharmacology
In this part of the course we will cover specific constituent classes and explore their mechanisms of action (pharmacodynamics) and their routes of absorption, metabolism, synergy and excretion (pharmacokinetics). Complete class abstracts, with summaries of key points on specific constituents, relevant outside reading, and landmark studies will be provided to registrants before class begins. Students will receive referenced powerpoint presentations for each class.

The breakdown of topics for Part One of this webinar course includes four, two hour sessions:

Session One: Intro to herbal pharmacology: mucilages, tannins, anthraquinones
Session Two: Coumarins, immune-active polysaccharides, bitter principles
Session Three: Alkaloids, pungents, aromatics and resins
Session Four: Saponins, phytosterols, flavonoids and phytoestrogens

Guido Masé RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism, though his approach is eclectic and draws upon many influences. He spent his childhood in Italy, in the central Alps and in a Renaissance town called Ferrara. After traveling the United States, he settled into Vermont where he has been living since 1996.
He is a founder, faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, a 501(c)(3) non-profit herbal medicine clinic and school that provides comprehensive services focused on whole plants and whole foods. He serves as chief herbalist for the Urban Moonshine, where he works on research, development and quality control for an all-organic whole-plant tincture line, offers education in herbal medicine, and works in clinical practice. He participates in herbal education at the University of Vermont, and is the author of The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter and Tonic Plants (Healing Arts Press, 2013) and DIY Bitters (Fair Winds Press, 2015).
Guido's teaching style focuses on conveying the interconnections within the human organism and between the organism and its surrounding ecology. Relying on clinical experience, storytelling, and scientific research, he believes that true strength flows from nature, and that herbal medicine is key to sustainable, successful living.

Cost for this invaluable training is only $100.00 for AHG Members, or $150.00 for the general public.

Members must be logged in to receive discount. Discount will be applied after you add to cart.

Price:: $150.00
Todd Caldecott, RH (AHG)
Price: $40.00

THESE WEBINARS WERE RECORDED IN OCTOBER 2016.

This lecture is a two part series that explores this ancient Himalayan tradition, the life and work of Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracarya, and the integration of this knowledge in modern clinical practice. Part one of this lecture reviews the origins of the Newari Ayurveda tradition and its ancient connection to Nalanda University in India, and its embodiment in the life and work of the late Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracarya. Part two of this lecture is a review of some of the important diseases described in Ayurveda and their treatment using the principles and practices employed by the Bajracharya tradition, including a discussion and dissection of some of the more important formulas, and their application within a Western clinical context.

According to tradition Ayurveda originated in the Himalayas thousands of years ago. The importance of this region, with respect to its climactic, geographic and biological diversity, is clearly evident in Ayurveda, with many species indigenous to the Himalayas playing a key role in its materia medica. Among the hundreds of different ethnic groups that live in the Himalayas are the indigenous peoples of the Kathmandu Valley called the Newar, whose ancestors have inhabited this region since before recorded history. The Newar people have been an active trading and mercantile community for millennia, acting as the interface between the rest of India and Tibet, facilitating the trade commodities such as rock salt, gold, silver, deer musk, and herbal medicines. Among their spiritual traditions is the practice of Vajrayana Buddhism, one of the three primary streams of Buddhism, which at one time was practiced extensively across India before its extirpation in the 13th century. Inheriting this tradition before it died out in India, along with its attendant medical practices and techniques, the Newar people maintain the only living example of Indian Buddhism still in existence, and an authentic unbroken lineage of Ayurveda, exemplified by the life of Newar physician, Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracarya.

Todd Caldecott has been in practice as a medical herbalist and practitioner of Āyurveda for two decades. He has had a broad array of clinical experiences in diverse locations, including North America, SE Asia, and the Caribbean, working with a variety of conditions, including autoimmune disease and metabolic disorders. He is a registered professional member with both the AHG and NAMA, and serves as Director of the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine. He is author of the books Ayurveda: The Divine Science of Life and Food As Medicine, co-editor of Ayurveda In Nepal, and in 2014, was honored at Bastyr University as the Visiting Mitchell Scholar. In February of 2017, Todd will be taking a select group of students to study the Bajracharya tradition in Kathmandu.

Payment includes both sessions. Cost for this invaluable training is only $15.00 for AHG Members, or $40.00 for the general public.

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Price:: $40.00
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