Virtual Track

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We’ve got big news! This year we are offering a live stream of selected sessions. Each session will be streamed live from a designated classroom specially equipped with video and audio recording capabilities. For those of you who can’t attend the Symposium in person, now you can participate from the comfort of your own home. Listen and watch live or view the class recordings on your own schedule.*

As a special bonus: Virtual Track participants also recieve full access to the 2017 Symposium Proceedings!

We are pleased to offer two options for Virtual Track Registration:

  • Core Virtual Track: The Core Virtual Track will stream one classroom from Friday through Sunday. This will include 10 specially selected presentations, including five of which are on the Action-Based Herbalism in Practice Track.

  • Virtual Post-Intensive Class: The morning section of Creating and Managing Your Herbal Action Clinic will be live streamed on Monday, October 9, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Participation in both the Core Virtual Track and the Virtual Post-Intensive qualifies participants to receive a Certificate of Completion in Action-Based Herbalism in Practice.

Click here to register for your choice of virtual track.

*Recordings of all virtual track classes will be accessible for one year. Specific instructions for logging in and accessing the virtual classes will be emailed to virtual track registrants in September 2017.

Street Action Herbal Support

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

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.

Managing Infection in Low-Resource Settings: Towards a Locally-Driven Model

Herbalists in underserved areas can honor both ecology and traditional healing systems. Explore intellectual property, herbal “colonialism”, and informed consent. Learn to build an herb kit with only local resources. Focusing on herbs for wounds and infection, respiratory disease, and injuries, you will leave prepared to work with respect and efficacy in almost any setting.

Caffiends! The History and a Review of the Science of Caffeine-Containing Herbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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