Pre-Symposium Intensives

Pre-Symposium Intensives, Friday, October 21, 2022

Our 2022 Pre-Symposium Intensives feature six three-hour classes offering in-depth information about unique topics presented by noted herbal practitioners and researchers. You will find descriptions of the individual Intensives below. Click on the speaker's name to access their bio.

Use this link to register for any two Intensives at the Symposium in Bethesda. 

Online Access to Pre-Symposium Intensives - Cannabis: The Most Medicinal Herb with Lola Ohanba and Mushroom Medicine: Updates, Controversies, and Uses with Christopher Hobbs, are available as livestreamed sessions and recordings. Register before October 21st to access live-streamed Pre-Symposium Intensives. Register after October 21st for recordings only. Registration details here. All Online registrants receive access to recordings for one year.

The cost for each Intensive is $50. Note that Pre-Symposium Intensives are not included with your Symposium registration fee and must be purchased separately.

 

 

Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Cannabis: The Most Medicinal Herb
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

Although cannabis has a long history of medicinal use, it remains controversial. This class will cover cannabis history and why it was removed from the US Pharmacopeia and classified as an illegal substance. You'll learn about current research on cannabis and hemp and how they work synergistically to interact with the endocannabinoid system to promote homeostasis, potential health benefits, and risks.

This session is also available as part of the Online Symposium Only option.

Long Covid: Differentials, Causal Patterns, and Protocols
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

The focus of most conversations about Covid-19 revolves almost entirely around variants, infectiousness, hospitalizations, and deaths. Less frequently talked about is Long Covid, a condition characterized by symptoms, many debilitating, affecting multiple body systems. Between 20-30% of unvaccinated people who get Covid-19 will develop Long Covid symptoms, often a month or more after the initial infection. This class covers symptom differentials and testing used to identify underlying causal patterns such as persistent infection, organ damage, coagulopathy, EBV reactivation, autoimmunity, and nerve damage. Plants, nutrients, lifestyle changes, and medications that may be helpful for specific patterns will be covered, and we will review a few case studies. Please bring your cases to discuss should we have time.

The Ten Tastes: The Energetics of Herbs
Morning (8:00am-12:00pm)

The world’s great indigenous systems of medicine have two things in common. They utilize energetic systems to help practitioners understand herb properties and their uses. And they provide guidelines for using differential diagnostics to match the herb to an individual’s constitution and presentation. In this easy-to-learn-and-use system, David explains the ten flavors and their application in creating herbal protocols for greater efficacy, safety, and precision. Hippocrates is credited with the adage, “It is more important to know the person who has a disease than what disease a person has.” This system teaches you how to do just that!

Afternoon (2:00pm-5:00pm)

The Ecological Body
Afternoon (2:00pm-5:00pm)

All energetic models of medicine are rooted in nature. We experience these energetics daily through the weather, changing of seasons, and various ecosystems. In this class, Sajah expands our understanding of energetics to include our experience of nature. We'll focus on the core principles of temperature, moisture, and tone, as we correlate patterns in nature to the patterns we see in people and plants to bring energetics to life. This shift moves us from an intellectual exercise of memorizing qualities toward an experiential process of paying attention to how external aspects of nature affect us internally. The result is an understanding of the unique energetic patterns behind symptoms, which guides us towards proper remedy selection and formulation strategies.

Mushroom Medicine: Latest News, Product Controversies, and Uses
Afternoon (2:00pm-5:00pm)

Based on a thorough review of the science (including clinical trials) and traditional uses of the most widely researched medicinal mushrooms (especially turkey tail, shiitake, cordyceps, lion's mane, and chaga), and many years of ongoing clinical practice and scientific investigation, Christopher breaks down the current uses of medicinal mushrooms. Learn how to make mushroom extracts and choose the best commercial products. He shares integrative oncology experiences with case reports, suggestions for practical use, and expected outcomes. We'll also discuss recent controversies such as mycelium vs. fruiting body and even the word "mushroom."

This session is also available as part of the Online Symposium Only option.

Bridging Energetic Herbalism with Functional Phytotherapy
Afternoon (2:00pm-5:00pm)

What does heat have to do with intestinal permeability? How might wind be linked with magnesium insufficiency? On the surface, energetic and functional models may appear complicated to blend. They each point to underlying constitutional factors and imbalances with seemingly different languages. Energetic models help us meet a client's therapeutic needs without advanced laboratory diagnostics and clinical biomarkers; they give insights into lived experience. But tools often used in functional models of care may be considered part of translational science, allowing us to draw upon the ever-expanding body of research to better serve clients with targeted interventions. After exploring how these models inform one another, we have the tools needed to deepen our clinical practice and improve outcomes.