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Treating Acute and Chronic Pain with Chinese Herbal Medicine


This class will cover kung fu "hit medicine" how that relates to modern sports medicine and the clinical treatment of pain.


Miles will cover basic theory of pain and demystify TCM theory so that ALL herbalists can incorporate and include new ideas into there treatment of acute and CHRONIC pain.


Miles will teach specific herbs and formulas (Chinese) for common acute and chronic conditions. Adjunct therapies like cupping and moxa will be covered, as well as some key western herbs.


This class is open to all herbalists of all skill levels. The information covered is applicable to herbalists, body workers, physical therapists, martial artists and any one who works with pain.

Miles Coleman, RH AHG EWCH
Chinese Medicine for the Western Herbalist
Are you a western herbalist confused by TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine) terminology and concepts? Do you want to know more about TCM or incorporate its principals into your practice, but don't know where to start?
In this class miles will bridge the gap between eastern and western thought and present principals, theories and nomenclature in a way that allows participants to fully grasp the ideas presented. As a teacher of TCM and mentor miles has the gift of taking hard to grasp ideas and present them in a way that transcends "classical" thinking.
These ideas are "key" to understanding all branches of TCM but we will focus on the herbal tradition and how that relates to western herbal tradition and therapeutics.
Participants will be able too incorporate  the Chinese ideas of health and well being, constitutional assessment and energetic into there work.
This class is open to all herbalists but the material presented will be challenging so bring your thinking caps!
Miles Coleman, RH AHG EWCH
10 Common Factors and Habits That May Prevent Herbs From Working as Advertised


Herbalists practicing in 21st century America face an entirely different set of challenges than herbalists on the western frontier in the 19th century, where much of the legacy of American herbalism evolved. Toxic assault from ingredients in food, cosmetics, and household products now vastly exceeds that present even during the 1950's and 60's.
In addition to toxic chemicals in food, water, cosmetics, and household products, other health-impairing factors include:

    * Electromagnetic pollution (cell phones, microwaves, computers, "Smart" meters)
    * Toxic media, music, and culture adding to stress levels
    * Vaccinations
    * Toxic dental technologies -- root canals and mercury-almalgams
    * Unhealthy artificial light quality (e.g. public schools and buildings, computers)
    * Lack of contact with nature (light, sound, natural electromagnetic fields; the   esthetics of fractal chaos and its therapeutic importance)

Each of us has a great degree of personal power to simply say no to all these things in our own lives. Specific mitigation strategies will be discussed for each listed toxicity problem.

Roger Wicke
Why the Practice of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Herbology Often Fails to Live Up to its Promise and Potential


Learn About... 

* The mismatch between the rhetoric of TCM herbology and how it is commonly practiced.
 * Why the "secrets" of TCM are often hiding in plain sight, but very few perceive them.
 * A mathematical model of TCM that is currently being programmed into AI computers by research team at Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute.
 * How this mathematical model could revolutionize medical research, epidemiology, and environmental medicine (similar models have ***already*** revolutionized the field of psychology)
 * Reforming an obsolete educational system that is badly broken: interactive computer-aided learning -- 12 years of data on student experiences, test scores, and clinical performance outcomes.
 * Learning traditional pulse-taking with the aid of 3-D video simulator software
 * Why learning health assessment and evaluation skills requires one to develop abilities in complex pattern recognition, and why rote memorization NEVER enhances these abilities but, instead, actually suppresses them.

Roger Wicke
Herbal Protocols For Prevention and Treatment of herpes, chickenpox and shingles

At some point in your life, your child, a friend, a lover, or you yourself has been effected by the Varicella Zoster virus.  In this class on VZV, we will discuss herbal protocols for helping prevent outbreaks as well as heal them. From the physical side of these "dis-eases" to the emotional, we will discuss the health of the body from the immune system to the nervous system. I encourage people to feel empowered and educated, not afraid. Learn the ancient wisdom of creating healing preparations for home treatment of viral infections such as these.

Katrina Farnum
Island Herbalists Case Histories


Presentation of some of the following case histories: acute blood poisoning, acute postpartum bleeding, early flu onset, non-resolving open dermal lesions, compound chronic non-resolving pneumonia, male nocturia, benign solid tumor, cystic postpartum hemorrhoid, multiple bee sting shock.

Ryan Drum
Face and Tongue Analysis for Self-Care


When you understand how to read the body through the indicators of the face and tongue, it will give you deep insight into the state of the body, mind and spirit. This information will allow you to better understand the foods, herbs and lifestyle choices which are most life enhancing for your individual constitution. 


In classic Ayurveda, we study ashtavidha pariksha, which is the eight-fold examination methodology. For this class we will focus on two of the eight methods: face analysis, which falls under akruti (form) and jihiva, which is the tongue diagnosis. Through these simple maps, the entire being is represented. You will learn about the state of your system and how well it is functioning. For example, are you absorbing your food properly? Are certain organs of the body needing attention? Are toxins accumulating and how best to release them? Let’s explore and discover the answers together. Although this workshop is based on Ayurvedic principles, it is applicable to herbal medicine of all traditions. We’ll look at the action and energetic effects of various substances and how they can be implemented to regain our natural state of balance. This will be an experiential class. We’ll be smelling and tasting herbs, herbal jams and other goodies.

Juliet Jivanti
Natural Protocols for Super Bugs

Herbs and essential oils can be extremely useful to fight off antibiotic resistant microorganisms including MRSA, VRSA and ESBL. A protocol for addressing biofilms will also be discussed.

Elaine Sheff
Unraveling the Acid-Alkaline Knot
The body’s acid-alkaline balance is so dear to the maintenance of life that it is closely regulated and any major perturbation impairs health, but the inter-relationships between food, breath, and activity, as influences and the acid-alkaline status of blood, urine, and saliva as responses is so complex that we need a look at the underlying metabolic processes in order to sort it out correctly. Among those, we must know about the acid-alkaline influences of the mineral constituents of foods, the charge-balance in the kidney’s eliminative filtration, the rate of carbohydrate utilization, the influence of food on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and the respiratory rate’s influence on blood CO2 levels.
Thad Mauney
Women's Health and Herbal Care

This 3 hour class will cover Women’s herbal care and health from menarche, through childbirth to menopause.  We will learn how to chartour fertility cycles using the basics of the FAM method and become more in tune with our bodies, empowering us for better self care.  All ages and levels welcome

Natural Remedies for Children with Special Needs

Join herbalist Elaine Sheff as she discusses her personal & professional experiencesworking with children with special needs. Learn about keeping our kids healthy, working with the nervious system to stimulate or relax and using different tools such as herbs, flower essences, essential oils and supplements.

Elaine Sheff
Radiation Protection Using Seaweeds & Herbs


Analysis of chronic and acute ionizing radiation hazards and possible self-help protocols; especially thyroid health, tissue repair and exposure reduction.

Ryan Drum
The Metabolic Chemistry of Herbal Anti-Cancer Agents
Some categories of interest are:
Flavonoids and stilbenes termed salvestrols that selectively poison cancer cells
Graviola and Paw-Paw, which short-circuit the cancer cells’ electrical system
Yew and its pharmaceutical derivatives such as tamoxifen and taxotere
Brassica’s di-indolyl-methane and indole-3-carbinol hormone receptor blockers
Thad Mauney
Zone 4 syrups (Short for: Give a man a fish...or teach as many people about herbs as you can)

With a planet so full of plants, intimate relationships with our local herbs is one of the best juggernauts to reckon with.  Join Katrina Farnum, local Herbalist and owner of Garden Mother Herbs, as we take a closer look at plants that love to grow in Zone 4 climates. We will discuss growing techniques and make medicine using these amazing allies. Syrups will be a focus in this class and because honey is an ingredient, Katrina will talk a little bit about bees as well. We will be blending herbs and everyone will get to take home a sample bottle of our yummy herbal concoction. Get ready for passion!

Katrina Farnum