Bioregional Materia Medica in Clinical Practice Certificate Track

Bioregional Materia Medica in Clinical Practice

This year’s focused track is Bioregional Materia Medica in Clinical Practice and many of the 2018 presentations will be relevant to this timely topic.

Herbalism is centered in place, with the materia medica of herbal medicines employed by herbalists varying to depend on their unique region, culture, and local ecosystems. The plants local to an herbalist create connection to place and people, and around the country bioregional herbalism and localism is thriving.

Some of the world’s most respected herbal educators, practitioners, authors, and researchers will be presenting on diverse topics in bioregionalism, evidence-based research, traditional herbal medicine, wildcrafting and plant cultivation, integrative health, herbal business, and much more.

Earn a certificate! Attendees who take five of the following classes in addition to the Post-Symposium Intensive in Materia Medica in Clinical Practice will receive a Certificate of Completion for the Bioregional Materia Medica in Clinical Practice Track.

NEW! Earn a certificate from home. Participation in both the Core Virtual Track and the Virtual Post-Symposium Intensive qualifies participants to receive a Certificate of Completion in Bioregional Materia Medica in Clinical Practice.

Influences of Eastern Woodland Native American Medical Practices on Western Herbalism

Recent controversies about cultural appropriation make it necessary to define what is borrowed from Native American medicine, and what the implications are. Matthew concludes both physiomedicalism and eclectic medicine substantially reflect Native practice, this is not currently appreciated, Native Americans should be given the credit deserved for this, and these traditions should be preserved both as cultural heirlooms and as effective methods of treatment. Participants are encouraged to discuss these conclusions.

Materia Medica in Clinical Practice

Post-Symposium Intensive Description and Information

We are delighted to offer a post-Symposium intensive with esteemed herbalists Thomas Easley, Patricia Kyritsi Howell, and Danny O'Rawe which will take place on Monday, October 29, from 9 AM – 4 PM. This day-long post-Symposium intensive REQUIRES registration and can be purchased for a fee of $100 along with your general registration.

Journeying Into Traditional Ayurveda

Todd Caldecott will explore the roots, mythologies, theories, and practices of Ayurveda, providing examples of its practical utility in everyday life for both practitioners and lay people. He will introduce the 800-year-old Bajracharya Ayurveda tradition practiced by the hereditary Newar Buddhist priests of the Kathmandu Valley. Drawing on clinical experience and a large media library, we will explore pharmacy methods and traditional formulas of the Bajracharya physicians.

Introduction to the Ozain African Herbalism System for Client Assessment

Ozain herbalism is a spiritual and philosophical science born from oneness with the Creative Essence bringing about wholeness in the human spirit. Seekers of Ozain aspire to bring themselves into alignment with a relationship to the divine cause of life. Ozain, (‘Divine Orisha of Plants’) teaches students to condition the body in its entirety so disease won’t attack. Attendees will glimpse the beauty of African Plant Herbology and how it connects to our physical and spiritual world.

Botanical Analogues as Substitutes for Native Flora Unsustainable To Harvest

Due to the increased popularity of herbal medicine and the fetishization of foraging culture, many are rethinking wildcrafting sustainability. We’ll examine practical choices wildcrafting herbalists can make to refocus their materia medica and retain the clinical impact based on intersections of botanical relationships, constituents, and the energetics of plants. We’ll examine sourcing choices, methods for ascertaining what may be easier to cultivate in one’s bioregion, and how to stay connected to the medicinal virtues of the wild spaces that inspire us.

Little-Known Medicinal Plants of the Southeastern US

Many common medicinal plants found in the Southeastern US are virtually unknown outside of this region. There are highly effective herbal medicines that are still used in southern folk medicine or that have been introduced from other parts of the world that are rarely used and are often abundant. Yellow root, kudzu, cross vine and mimosa are just a few of these medicines we will learn about.

Tree Medicine

Learn how to work with trees, from the importance of plant families, actions, energetics, and seasons to the specifics of peeling bark, trimming twigs, and sustainably harvesting leaves. We will discuss keys to year-round identification and seasonal ethical harvesting and sample tinctures, salves, liniments, syrups, and tea. I will provide online resource lists and offer practical ideas for tracking your local seasonal work with trees.

Spikenard, Calamus, and Angelica: Mountain Roots to Cut Through The Fog

Although these three herbs are very different plants with different indications, they are all strongly aromatic roots that can be found in the southern Appalachian mountains. Each of these herbs has its own way of clearing the mind and improving the digestive and respiratory system.

Reishi: Ethnomycology, Current World Research, and Clinical Applications

This visually stimulating presentation will explore the 3000 year clinical history of Ganoderma species. Reishi mythology, clinical trials, published scientific studies, and herbal protocols will be discussed. Participants will become well-versed with the subtle energies of the Mushroom of Immortality, identify herbal allies that complement reishi in formulation, and be comfortable in incorporating reishi’s adaptive influence into herbal formulas.

Medicinal Mushrooms of Southern Appalachia

Explore five endemic medicinal mushroom species that flourish in the biologically diverse ecosystems of the southern Appalachian mountains. We will discuss proper identification, preserving and extracting these gifts from the forest, clinical applications as indicated from both scientific and ethnomycological perspectives, and sustainable foraging methods. We’ll cover ways to incorporate these mushrooms in formulas with other bioregional herbs.

Dosage, Constitutions, and Routes of Administration - a Cultural Perspective

An herbalist's choice of routes of herb administration, dosages, etc., reflect their worldview, cultural biases, and who they think is really in control - the herbs or the herbalist. Keith draws on more than 25 years practice and teaching experience in Scotland and the European tradition.

Celtic Herbal Medicine

We will examine the historical Celtic tribes and Druids with a modern reading of the Celtic approach to plant medicine through a contemplative elemental approach. Who were the Celts? Keith and Danny will shed light on this question through historical records and their work over the years. This includes a tacit energetic approach to the five elements which offers a practical system for creating complex individualized remedies in a modern clinical setting.

Rudbeckia laciniata: A Widespread and Easy-to-Grow Alternative to Echinacea

Rudbeckia laciniata, sometimes known as cut-leaf coneflower, is abundant in the southern Appalachians, found throughout the continental US, and is easy to grow. I will share its clinical uses, which rival and in some ways surpass its threatened relative Echinacea angustifolia, as well as demonstrate sustainable harvesting methods, share cultivation tips, and touch on the ethnobotany of this medicinally-undervalued plant.

Underused Medicinal Plants of Eastern North America

We will discuss medicinal plants growing wild in eastern North America yet are underused, or used in a simplistic or reductionist (‘pigeon holed’) fashion. We’ll discuss some native as well as non-native, naturalized plants, covering ecology and sustainability, therapeutic indications, contraindications and safety, preparation, and dosage, including: Prunella vulgaris, Eclipta prostrata, Lonicera japonica, Morus alba, Pueraria lobata, Berberis thunbergii, Lycopus spp., Polygonum cuspidatum, and Albizia julibrissin.

Rosa Multiflora in Practice

Rosa multiflora is an introduced species ranging from Maine to Texas and west to the midwest and Great Lakes. It is highly medicinal, having been used traditionally in its native China and Japan, and offers a wonderful opportunity to work with a bioregionally abundant herb. This class will cover the complete materia medica of Rosa multiflora, including in-depth medicinal use, clinical applications, and harvesting.

American Ginseng: A Return to Practice

Who is using wild American ginseng in practice? Certainly not most American herbalists who believe that using our native plant is taboo. It’s not even on most health food store shelves or in herbal apothecaries. We’ll look at using the herb as a simple and in formulas and will delve deeply into the many uses of a bioregional plant that was once considered the King of Herbs.

Clearing Phlegm with Herbs of the Southeast

Chinese medicine recognizes phlegm as congealed fluids that may result in symptoms such as coughing, asthma, nausea, dizziness, pain, and even mental disturbances. Herbs to clear phlegm may provide relief. This lecture provides a Georgia and southeast-based materia medica of phlegm-clearing herbs. Susan will differentiate among the different types of phlegm and the herbs that best address each.

Bioregional Herbalism: Promise and Pitfalls

Bioregional herbalism is a rewarding practice that promises both connection to place and a more sustainable relationship to medicine making. Unfortunately, as interest in plant medicine grows, we must take a closer look at the impact of this practice. We will discuss how we might continue to enjoy the deep connection that stems from working with the medicine around us while working towards more sustainable models.

Ceanothus, A Surprising Shrub

Ceanothus, a lymphatic herb, reasonable tasting tea, liver supporter, digestive aid, and health tonic, is overlooked in modern herbalism. A small shrub, it can be grown in many places, but especially makes a home in the south. This herb was not always in Heather’s repertoire until she gasped at all the potential benefits complementary to common health imbalances and started introducing many of her clients to it.

Building Botanical Repertoire with Black Haw

Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium), or the other Viburnum, is a currently underappreciated medicinal that is native throughout the east. It’s a bit more common than crampbark, Viburnum opulus, thoug it is used in similar ways, as an antispasmodic, cardiotonic, and mild hypotensive, by relaxing smooth muscle in the blood vessels, famously to mitigate menstrual pain, and in other various ways by midwives. Black haw’s historical use as a blood purifier will also be discussed.

The Mighty Calamus

Will shares his first-hand experience with the heroic herb, calamus (Acorus calamus), which includes a broad knowledge of its medicinal uses and local traditions, as well as its worldwide ethno-botanical history and appearance in literature. While weaving a tale of his intimate relationship with this unique herb, Will will discuss identification, sustainable harvesting, and methods of cultivation.

Structural Pain Management with a (Mostly) Southern Materia Medica

In order to create an effective herbal pain-relieving formula, it’s important to understand how to classify pain herbs, and to understand their unique roles in structural system pain management. Thomas will cover systemic and topical anti-inflammatories, as well as topical and central acting analgesics, with a focus on herbs from the southern US (gelsemium, amanita, datura, etc). We will also dive into the complexities of creating an herbal pain formula.

Cotton Root Bark from Africa to the Americas: A Tradition of Reproductive Justice, Sovereignty, and Resistance

The story of cotton root bark is a unique intersection of the brilliant memory and wisdom of our African ancestors and the resilient spirits and wombs of enslaved women in the United States. The very plant that was readily accessible afforded enslaved women an opportunity to have a sense of control over their bodies and reproductive choices and gave them access to possibility, sovereignty, and reproductive liberation.

The Sustainable Herbs Project: Following Our Medicine from Seed to Bottle

The Sustainable Herbs Project is a multi-year research and multi-media project following herbs though the global supply chain. Ann will present photos, short videos, and commentary to make visible some of the people and places behind the products we consume. Her goal is to provide participants with a more nuanced understanding of the supply chain overall and to tease out the social, economic, and environmental impacts of our choices.

From Supply Chains to Supply Webs: A Bioregional Solution

This panel will explore the opportunities and obstacles to creating bioregional supply webs in medicinal plant commerce. Each panelist will discuss the challenges of the current system, their vision for developing a more regional market for their produce or products, and the challenges and opportunities of that vision. We will facilitate a discussion with participants to come up with concrete steps to begin making this vision a reality.

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