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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.

Analgesia: Botanical and Nutritional Protocols for Effective Pain Relief

Studies show many people, especially the elderly, poor, people of color, and women, are under-treated for chronic pain. While herbs are not as powerful as opiates and other pharmaceutical medications, they can offer safer and highly effective pain management. We will discuss how specific herbs can relieve specific pains, how to combine herbs to create a synergistic effect and reduce inflammation, pain perception, and spasm, and how botanicals can enhance the effects of pharmaceuticals.

Alcohol-Free Herbalist

I have been in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction 30+ years and work with people who do not want to use alcohol as medicine. We will discuss specific alcohol-free herbal delivery systems, including cane syrup, sorghum, miso, molasses, canning, vinegar making, creative oxymels, glycerin, pan frying, fats/oils, and more. We will taste a wide variety of herbal products.

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.

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.

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.

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.

From Symptom to Formula

Learn a step-by-step body systems based method that takes you through the process of assessing symptoms, both acute and chronic, to determining appropriate herbal actions and then generating a list of herbs that become the foundation for effective formulas. This is a method that empowers student practitioners as they begin to apply what they know about individual herbs to actual cases. It also provides a template that may be modified and applied when working in other herbal healing traditions. 

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.

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