Virtual Symposium Livestream

We are making the 30th Annual AHG Symposium accessible to everyone by offering a livestream and recordings of selected sessions! Ten sessions will be streamed live Friday-Sunday, from a designated classroom specially equipped with video and audio recording capabilities. The Post-Symposium Intensive Clinical and Laboratory Assessment for the Herbalist will also be livestreamed on Monday. Recordings will be available after symposium, which participants can view and download for a year.

Earn a certificate from home! Participate in both the Virtual Symposium Livestream and the Virtual Post-Symposium Intensive Monday and receive a certificate in Clinical Assessment in Herbal Practice. Learn more about the certificate track here.

Below is the list of livestreamed classes, for the Virtual Livestream schedule overview, click here.

Differential Diagnostics for the Herbalist

In traditional medical systems, there are 2 practices that allow the clinician to "treat the person rather than the disease". Energetics (plant and human) and differential diagnosis provide the necessary clues for accurate prescribing. In this class I discuss how traditional and modern diagnostic practices can be used to show patterns that clearly illuminate health concerns before they become overt pathology.

Common Blood Tests and their Use for Client Assessment in Herbal Practice

In this class we will learn about basic blood tests and what their results mean to us as clinical herbalists. Complete blood counts, metabolic panels, urinalysis, cholesterol panels, and additional tests are included. We will also explore the application of herbs in the presence of abnormal lab tests through the examination of case studies. This presentation is beneficial for those at all levels in herbal medicine.

Navigating Depression as a Tool of Transformation

Physiologically, depression can be related to liver and kidney deficiency or simply stagnation. This class follows the seasons according to TCM and looks at the energetics that deeply affect our state of mind. We discuss plant medicines to help our physiology support a balanced mind. How do we honor the reality of this state that is on the rise and is ofttimes the appropriate response to a traumatized world?

Acute Pain Management: Materia Medica, Herbal Safety, and Client Education

In this class, we cover dosing strategies, conjunctive therapeutics, herbs vs. pharmaceuticals, client expectations, and client education. We focus on herbs native to North America and the importance of sustainable harvesting, stewardship, and relationship with the herbs closest to you. Along with tasting and organoleptic analysis of the herbs, we explore clinical actions, energetics, specific indications, and methods of application for working with pain from a multi-system approach.

Nurturing and Healing the Nervous System & Brain

This class investigates ways to employ herbs, aromatherapy, nutrition, and lifestyle to help heal and strengthen the nervous system. These remedies bring natural balance in a holistic context to a nervous system that is over-activated or to one that is sluggish. Included are varied clinical approaches, diagnostics, and protocols that address fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, mental fog, adrenal ‘exhaustion,’ stress, nervousness, addiction, PTS, neurotoxin exposure, brain health and, of course, chronic nervous system disorders.

Treating the Five Spirits: Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine

There is a well-developed history in Chinese medicine of understanding and treating spiritual sickness. Using the Five Element/Wu Xing tradition, we discuss the Five Spirits and how they manifest in health and sickness. In particular, we discuss how the spiritual parts of our lives manifest when they are in excess and deficient states and the use of western herbs, diet and lifestyle to both treat imbalance and promote spiritual well-being.

Mushroom Spirit Medicine

In this class we focus on the healing benefits of fungi as spiritual guides, including the history of use of both psilocybin species and Amanita muscaria in a traditional setting. We also review exciting new research showing that the use of psilocybin in a clinical setting can strongly reduce or even eliminate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and addiction. Some participants in these studies report profound and lasting spiritual awakenings.

Skills for the Critical Assessment of Herbal Research in Clinical Practice

This class seeks to explain, in simple terms, the different forms of scientific research commonly referenced in herbal medicine and provide guidance on how to discern the relevance of such research regarding the safe and effective use of medicinal herbs in both self-care and clinical settings.

Go with the Flow: Herbal Support for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Class begins with an overview of physiological menstrual patterns. Next, we discuss the primary causes of abnormal uterine bleeding, including issues relating to the endometrium, the HPO axis, and hemostasis. Finally, we discuss herbs that can be used to support people who are experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding by working on several mini-case studies. All herbal recommendations from the group will be compiled on a Google doc for future reference.

Tongue Assessment for Western Herbalists

Traditional assessments help us refine our protocols, offering vital information about qualities such as moisture, temperature, tension, tissue integrity, nourishment and vitality. Tongue assessment is especially useful for understanding the state of the digestive system, but also serves as a reflection of our integrated physiology. This class provides an accessible introduction using familiar concepts, so that participants leave with a dynamic, effective tool that they can apply in their practices right away.

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