Herbal First Aid for Home, Travel & Emergencies with 7Song
Sep
24
9:30am 9:30am

Herbal First Aid for Home, Travel & Emergencies with 7Song

In this 4 hour workshop we will look at a range of practical, useful ways of using herbal medicines to treat a wide variety of first aid situations. These will include; injuries, pain, burns, toothaches, infections, headaches, diarrhea and animal bites. We will cover gathering, preparing and utilizing local plants including Yarrow, Barberry, Willow, and conifer resins as well as other plants. We will also discuss assessment and diagnosis during first aid situations and working with other practitioners.

This class is open to all levels of people interested in herbal medicine though it will not cover some of the basics.

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Preparing for a Hospital Birth with Hilary Seamans, L.Ac.
Oct
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Preparing for a Hospital Birth with Hilary Seamans, L.Ac.

This class aims to prepare people who plan to birth or be a birth partner/team member in a hospital setting. This class will cover the anatomical and physiological basics of labor and delivery, methods of monitoring, evaluation, and pain management commonly used by hospital staff, and potential medical interventions. We will discuss various ways to modify pain management strategies as needed in a hospital setting, and the use of herbs, essential oils, and massage in preparing for labor and creating a positive birth experience in the hospital.

This is part of an amazing class series! Sign up below, or learn more here.

Hilary Seamans, L.Ac., is a California state licensed acupuncturist and birth doula practicing in the Bay Area. A Bay Area native, she received her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Oakland's Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, and her DONA training with Debbie Levin in San Francisco. Hilary loves to give and receive acupuncture, and is passionate about herbal medicine and holistic healthcare. You can learn about her private practice here. 

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Series: Birth and Perinatal Support for Mom’s, Babies, & Families with Natural Medicine
Oct
4
to Oct 25

Series: Birth and Perinatal Support for Mom’s, Babies, & Families with Natural Medicine

Join us in caring for moms, babies & families through our exciting new class series! We're offering these as a bundle and hope you'll come to each class. They are also available singly. Here is some information, with more about each class below:

  • All Wednesdays from 7-9pm
  • These are in person classes at our shop in Oakland
  • Whole series of 4 classes is $100
  • Or each class is $35

Preparing for a Hospital Birth with Hilary Seamans, L.Ac.

This class aims to prepare people who plan to birth or be a birth partner/team member in a hospital setting. This class will cover the anatomical and physiological basics of labor and delivery, methods of monitoring, evaluation, and pain management commonly used by hospital staff, and potential medical interventions. We will discuss various ways to modify pain management strategies as needed in a hospital setting, and the use of herbs, essential oils, and massage in preparing for labor and creating a positive birth experience in the hospital.

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Abortion Support with Hilary Seamans, L.Ac.

In this class, we will discuss how to be a health care resource for an abortion patient (please note, this is NOT a class about providing herbal abortions). The class will detail the current methods of abortion most frequently sought out in the United States (medical/pharmaceutical abortion, vacuum aspiration, and dilation and curettage and evacuation procedures), common patient complaints associated with these procedures, and methods of support. This class will discuss Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture and acupressure techniques, and general guidance for secondary supportive practitioners or friends and family before, during, and after these procedures.

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Postpartum Mom, Baby, & Family Care Part I with Beth Rees & Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.

Postpartum Mom, Baby, & Family Care Part II with Beth Rees & Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.

The immediate postpartum period is an incredible stage in the life for a family and can be a time of unusual challenges and discomfort.  These classes will cover herbs and medicinal food for the new mom and baby (0-10 days) and birth partner(s).  We will explore internal and topical remedies to support lactation and breast health and physical discomforts from birthing.  We’ll include a variety of nutrient dense food preparation methods for restoring vitality and discuss placental food medicine and their controversies.  Along with herbs and foods we will share several reliable ‘barefoot doctor’ techniques from Chinese medicine for supporting the family, including moxibustion.

Be sure to sign up for both classes to get the full curriculum!

 

 

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Abortion Support with Hilary Seamans, L.Ac.
Oct
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Abortion Support with Hilary Seamans, L.Ac.

In this class, we will discuss how to be a health care resource for an abortion patient (please note, this is NOT a class about providing herbal abortions). The class will detail the current methods of abortion most frequently sought out in the United States (medical/pharmaceutical abortion, vacuum aspiration, and dilation and curettage and evacuation procedures), common patient complaints associated with these procedures, and methods of support. This class will discuss Chinese herbal formulas, acupuncture and acupressure techniques, and general guidance for secondary supportive practitioners or friends and family before, during, and after these procedures.

This is part of an amazing class series! Sign up below, or learn more here.

Abortion Support with Hilary Seamans, L.Ac.
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Hilary Seamans, L.Ac., is a California state licensed acupuncturist and birth doula practicing in the Bay Area. A Bay Area native, she received her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Oakland's Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, and her DONA training with Debbie Levin in San Francisco. Hilary loves to give and receive acupuncture, and is passionate about herbal medicine and holistic healthcare. You can learn about her private practice here. 

Hilary Seamans, L.Ac., is a California state licensed acupuncturist and birth doula practicing in the Bay Area. A Bay Area native, she received her Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Oakland's Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, and her DONA training with Debbie Levin in San Francisco. Hilary loves to give and receive acupuncture, and is passionate about herbal medicine and holistic healthcare. You can learn about her private practice here. 

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Postpartum Mom, Baby, & Family Care Part I with Beth Rees & Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac
Oct
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Postpartum Mom, Baby, & Family Care Part I with Beth Rees & Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac

The immediate postpartum period is an incredible stage in the life for a family and can be a time of unusual challenges and discomfort.  These classes will cover herbs and medicinal food for the new mom and baby (0-10 days) and birth partner(s).  We will explore internal and topical remedies to support lactation and breast health and physical discomforts from birthing.  We’ll include a variety of nutrient dense food preparation methods for restoring vitality and discuss placental food medicine and their controversies.  Along with herbs and foods we will share several reliable ‘barefoot doctor’ techniques from Chinese medicine for supporting the family, including moxibustion.

Be sure to sign up for both classes to get the full curriculum!

This is part of an amazing class series! Sign up below, or learn more here.

Beth Rees is a practicing doula serving the San Francisco Bay Area.  Beth has been working with women and families for over 20 years and serving as a doula since 2006.  In her practice, she incorporates perinatal herbal medicine, and acupressure/massage for labor and breastfeeding.  She studied with the American School of Herbalism in Western and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Beth has the pleasure of working with the fine herbalists of  Five Flavors Herbs helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.

Beth Rees is a practicing doula serving the San Francisco Bay Area.  Beth has been working with women and families for over 20 years and serving as a doula since 2006.  In her practice, she incorporates perinatal herbal medicine, and acupressure/massage for labor and breastfeeding.  She studied with the American School of Herbalism in Western and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Beth has the pleasure of working with the fine herbalists of  Five Flavors Herbs helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches University, A.C.C.H.S., East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has taught at California School of Herbal Studies, UCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music . You can read more about him and his practice here. 

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches UniversityA.C.C.H.S.East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has taught at California School of Herbal StudiesUCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music . You can read more about him and his practice here. 

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Postpartum Mom, Baby, & Family Care Part II with Beth Rees & Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac
Oct
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Postpartum Mom, Baby, & Family Care Part II with Beth Rees & Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac

The immediate postpartum period is an incredible stage in the life for a family and can be a time of unusual challenges and discomfort.  These classes will cover herbs and medicinal food for the new mom and baby (0-10 days) and birth partner(s).  We will explore internal and topical remedies to support lactation and breast health and physical discomforts from birthing.  We’ll include a variety of nutrient dense food preparation methods for restoring vitality and discuss placental food medicine and their controversies.  Along with herbs and foods we will share several reliable ‘barefoot doctor’ techniques from Chinese medicine for supporting the family, including moxibustion.

Be sure to sign up for both classes to get the full curriculum!

This is part of an amazing class series! Sign up below, or learn more here.

Beth Rees is a practicing doula serving the San Francisco Bay Area.  Beth has been working with women and families for over 20 years and serving as a doula since 2006.  In her practice, she incorporates perinatal herbal medicine, and acupressure/massage for labor and breastfeeding.  She studied with the American School of Herbalism in Western and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Beth has the pleasure of working with the fine herbalists of  Five Flavors Herbs helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.

Beth Rees is a practicing doula serving the San Francisco Bay Area.  Beth has been working with women and families for over 20 years and serving as a doula since 2006.  In her practice, she incorporates perinatal herbal medicine, and acupressure/massage for labor and breastfeeding.  She studied with the American School of Herbalism in Western and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Beth has the pleasure of working with the fine herbalists of  Five Flavors Herbs helping craft herbal remedies and teaches perinatal herbal medicine classes with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine.

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches University, A.C.C.H.S., East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has taught at California School of Herbal Studies, UCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music . You can read more about him and his practice here. 

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches UniversityA.C.C.H.S.East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has taught at California School of Herbal StudiesUCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music . You can read more about him and his practice here. 

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Clinical Uses of Cannabinoids with Harry McIlroy, MD, LAc
Aug
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Clinical Uses of Cannabinoids with Harry McIlroy, MD, LAc

Dr. McIlroy will share his valuable perspectives on offering guidance to patients and individuals living with cancer, chronic disease, and various types of pain in the application of Cannabis sp. and various cannabinoids.

2 Category 1 CEU's pending for California Licensed Acupuncturists (CEP Provider 538).

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This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

Dr. Harry McIlroy possesses a unique and dynamic integrative skill-set and range of experience including training in acupuncture and yoga. He has been researching clinical applications of cannabis and cannabinoids for many years and we are fortunate to have him present on this topic at Five Flavors Herbs. To learn more about his practice please read about him on the website of our friends at S.F. Acupuncture Group.

Dr. Harry McIlroy possesses a unique and dynamic integrative skill-set and range of experience including training in acupuncture and yoga. He has been researching clinical applications of cannabis and cannabinoids for many years and we are fortunate to have him present on this topic at Five Flavors Herbs. To learn more about his practice please read about him on the website of our friends at S.F. Acupuncture Group.

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Medicinal Uses of Plants of the Tahoe Basin and Carson Pass w/ Brian Weissbuch, L.Ac., Ingrid Bauer, M.D., and Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Medicinal Uses of Plants of the Tahoe Basin and Carson Pass w/ Brian Weissbuch, L.Ac., Ingrid Bauer, M.D., and Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.

  • Carson Pass Highway Markleeville, CA, 96120 United States (map)
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Join herbalists Brian Kie Weissbuch, Ingrid Bauer, and Benjamin Zappin for one or two days of botanical adventuring in the High Sierra discovering the great utility of many native plants. Participants will learn how to identify, harvest, prepare, and use approximately 20 valuable plant medicines. This is an excellent event for locals who want to day trip to learn about their environment and for seasoned clinicians who want to expand their materia medica.  Instructors will explore use of plants within the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine and within the context of treating modern illness in an integrative setting.

5 hrs of CEU pending for California Licensed Acupuncturists per day (10 total) [Category 1 CEUs, CEP Provider 538]. No refunds or exchanges following August 1, 2017.

* Unlike many of our field studies we WILL NOT be facilitating camping or providing food. We will provide recommendations for camping locations upon registration.

* Classes will involve moderate hiking and some elevation gain. Please contact us if you have questions about your capabilities to meet the demands of the environments we’ll be learning in.

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Science of Clinical Use of Cannabis, Literature Review with Ingrid Bauer, MD
Aug
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Science of Clinical Use of Cannabis, Literature Review with Ingrid Bauer, MD

This class will emphasize existing peer reviewed literature on the use of Cannabis sp. and various cannabinoids. This class will inspire, invite hope, and soberly slice through some of the knots of myth and hype that surround this important plant medicine.

2 Category 1 CEU's pending for California Licensed Acupuncturists (CEP Provider 538).

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This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

With experience that bridges Western and Eastern medicine, Ingrid brings rigorous scientific knowledge as a co-owner of Five Flavor Herbs. A graduate of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program and the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA, Ingrid integrates plant-based medicine into mainstream healthcare. She is currently a resident at Highland Hospital. Ingrid is passionate about bringing holistic care to people from all walks of life. Her master’s research focused on Latino health beliefs and traditional medicine at a bilingual clinic in Oakland, CA, and she teaches workshops about herbal medicine at conferences and schools, including UC Berkeley. Ingrid is an avid cook, yoga practitioner, gardener, and Spanish language enthusiast.

With experience that bridges Western and Eastern medicine, Ingrid brings rigorous scientific knowledge as a co-owner of Five Flavor Herbs. A graduate of the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program and the American School of Herbalism in Santa Cruz, CA, Ingrid integrates plant-based medicine into mainstream healthcare. She is currently a resident at Highland Hospital.

Ingrid is passionate about bringing holistic care to people from all walks of life. Her master’s research focused on Latino health beliefs and traditional medicine at a bilingual clinic in Oakland, CA, and she teaches workshops about herbal medicine at conferences and schools, including UC Berkeley.

Ingrid is an avid cook, yoga practitioner, gardener, and Spanish language enthusiast.

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Botanical Field Study of the Sierra Nevada: Using Western Herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine with Thomas Avery Garran and Benjamin Zappin
Aug
11
to Aug 13

Botanical Field Study of the Sierra Nevada: Using Western Herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine with Thomas Avery Garran and Benjamin Zappin

Join Thomas Avery Garran, author of Using Western Herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. for a 3 day camping intensive studying the medicinal flora of the High Sierra Nevada mountains.

The class will survey 20 different highly useful medicinals and emphasize their inclusion within the Chinese diagnostic framework and modern and classic Chinese formulaic structures.

Participants will learn how to locate, identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare medicinals for use as teas, topical preparations, and tinctures.

Special attention will be paid to clinical specialties of mental health, infectious disease, women's health, pain management, and dermatology.

The class is open to practitioners and students of Chinese Medicine. Please contact us before registering if you'd like to attend and not sure if your herbal training is congruent with our educational objectives.

12 CEU's for California L.Ac's pending. [Category 1 CEUs, CEP Provider 538].

Space limited to 20 participants. No refunds or exchanges following August 1, 2017

Notes on camping:

We'll be camping in stunning national forest land in a defined campsite at 8600 ft elevation w/ potable water and toilets in an area about 4 hrs from the Bay Area. We will coordinate camping for attendees. As we're often asked if family and friends can come on such events, our answer is that this is fine but we can not guarantee a camping spot for them. Adults who wish to attend classes must be registered. Participants are responsible for their own food.

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Compassionate Gynecology: Sexually Transmitted Infections with Natalie Metz, ND
Aug
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Compassionate Gynecology: Sexually Transmitted Infections with Natalie Metz, ND

CLASS POSTPONED UNTIL FALL, STAY IN TOUCH!

This course provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections, their signs and symptoms, diagnostic tools for detection, and treatment. Dr. Metz will outline the role of herbs, supplements, and pharmaceuticals and will emphasize the value of integrative care.

2 Category 1 CEU's pending for California Licensed Acupuncturists (CEP Provider 538).

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This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in Oakland, CA, where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She earned an ND degree at SCNM, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Elon University, and in the time between these studies she worked as a medicinal chemist for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her private practice, she teaches in the Integrative Health Studies department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She's featured in the documentary The Future of Medicine, and is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine. As a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Researchprogram, she looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoy sharing her passion for life with the world. Visit her online at  www.drnataliemetz.com

Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in Oakland, CA, where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She earned an ND degree at SCNM, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Elon University, and in the time between these studies she worked as a medicinal chemist for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her private practice, she teaches in the Integrative Health Studies department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She's featured in the documentary The Future of Medicine, and is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic MedicineAs a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Researchprogram, she looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoy sharing her passion for life with the world. Visit her online at  www.drnataliemetz.com

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Fireside Chat with your Neighborhood Herbalist Dominatrix: An Exploration of Herbal Allies and Practices for Cathartic Sexual Experience with Alexandra Hudson
Aug
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fireside Chat with your Neighborhood Herbalist Dominatrix: An Exploration of Herbal Allies and Practices for Cathartic Sexual Experience with Alexandra Hudson

Are you ready to explore the brilliant wealth of pleasure and knowledge that's stored in your body? What world of possibilities awaits as we dive into the deep recesses of the psyche and massage our knotty kinks! In this rich conversation we will discuss (and play with)

  • Herbal allies and formulas for cathartic release and transformation
  • Techniques for creating an immaculate container strong enough to hold your deepest desires
  • How to handle release and begin anew!

This is a safe space and all discussed in class is completely confidential.

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

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Alexandra Hudson is trained in Western Herbalism and is currently studying medicine making and Clinical Herbalism at the Ohlone Center in Berkeley. In her professional Dominatrix practice, Alexandra specializes in transformational experiences through fantasy enactment, somatic release, and the use of medicinal herbs to support the process. Alexandra developed her Dominatrix practice while training at The Gates in Emeryville and currently offers sessions throughout California. 

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Holistic Breast Care with Carolyn Bernstein, NP
Jul
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Holistic Breast Care with Carolyn Bernstein, NP

Join holistic Nurse Practitioner Carolyn Bernstein for an evening discussing how to navigate screening for breast cancer and understanding our breast cancer risk. Learn holistic ways to approach breast health including breast massage, reducing environmental exposures, supportive herbs and supplements.

2 Category 1 CEU's pending for California Licensed Acupuncturists (CEP Provider 538).

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

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Carolyn Bernstein is a holistic Nurse Practitioner who has worked with women going through breast cancer for ten years in an oncology practice. She believes we have the power to impact our risk of disease by the choices we make everyday. She moonlights with Beautycounter and loves to teach women about environmental health and how to make safer choices when choosing products for our bodies and our homes.

Carolyn Bernstein is a holistic Nurse Practitioner who has worked with women going through breast cancer for ten years in an oncology practice. She believes we have the power to impact our risk of disease by the choices we make everyday. She moonlights with Beautycounter and loves to teach women about environmental health and how to make safer choices when choosing products for our bodies and our homes.

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Astrology & Herbs: Topical Applications with Rae Diamond
Jul
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Astrology & Herbs: Topical Applications with Rae Diamond

Where attention goes, energy flows. Learn how to use herbs topically to help direct and strengthen your healing focus. We'll explore how astrology helps us understand where in our body, life, and mind to put our herbs and our attention. This class includes engaging lectures, stories, meditations, samplings of topical medicines, and much more.

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

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Rae Diamond is an astrologer, healer, teacher and artist, inspired by the creative intelligence of nature and the healing power of compassionate and mindful presence. Rae's training includes four years of private apprenticeship with a Lakota/Apache shaman, a Reiki mastership, and decades of study and practice of astrology, myth, archetypes, herbs, yoga, and Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. Rae teaches innovative classes on astrology, energy and herbs nationally, and spends as much time making art and rambling around in nature as possible. Visit Rae online at rae13diamond.com.

Rae Diamond is an astrologer, healer, teacher and artist, inspired by the creative intelligence of nature and the healing power of compassionate and mindful presence. Rae's training includes four years of private apprenticeship with a Lakota/Apache shaman, a Reiki mastership, and decades of study and practice of astrology, myth, archetypes, herbs, yoga, and Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. Rae teaches innovative classes on astrology, energy and herbs nationally, and spends as much time making art and rambling around in nature as possible. Visit Rae online at rae13diamond.com.

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Topical Remedies for Infectious Disease with Benjamin Zappin, LAc
Jul
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Topical Remedies for Infectious Disease with Benjamin Zappin, LAc

Many common viral, bacterial, and fungal infections will benefit from topical application of common and uncommon herbal remedies. This class will look at favorable herb/drug interactions for topical infections and at ways that herbs can be used as a primary medicine. This class will weave an intersection of traditional Chinese and Western herbalism w/ herbal pharmacology. Demonstrations of application of unique types of medicinal preparations from around the world will be included.

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

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Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches University, A.C.C.H.S., East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has taught at California School of Herbal Studies, UCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music . You can read more about him and his practice here. 

Benjamin is one of the Bay Area's most respected and knowledgeable herbalists and a licensed acupuncturist. An esteemed educator, Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches UniversityA.C.C.H.S.East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has taught at California School of Herbal StudiesUCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally.  In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music . You can read more about him and his practice here. 

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Flavors of Herbs & The Elements of Flavor: Sweet, Sour & Bitter with Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac.
Jul
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Flavors of Herbs & The Elements of Flavor: Sweet, Sour & Bitter with Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac.

Flavor sits at the intersection of health and pleasure.  Integrating traditional culinary and medical wisdom with the scientific insights of contemporary nutrition, this class is a gastronomic and intellectual journey through the flavors that define the effects of foods, herbs, and spices on the body, mind, and palate.  Learn how to make seasonal shrubs and bitters with kitchen ingredients and local herbs to inspire you in the kitchen and invigorate your health.

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges.

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Dr. Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac. has been practicing in the holistic health field for over 20 years. She is an acupuncturist, herbalist, integrative nutritionist, and professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California where she grows, cooks, ferments, savors, teaches and writes about sustainable food.  She is the author of the Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy, from New Harbinger Press.

Dr. Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac. has been practicing in the holistic health field for over 20 years. She is an acupuncturist, herbalist, integrative nutritionist, and professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, California where she grows, cooks, ferments, savors, teaches and writes about sustainable food.  She is the author of the Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy, from New Harbinger Press.

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Indigenous Wisdom Traditions: Psychedelic Plants, Fungi & More with Natalie Metz, ND
Jun
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Indigenous Wisdom Traditions: Psychedelic Plants, Fungi & More with Natalie Metz, ND

Entheogenic plants and fungi have been used by humans around the world for millennia to facilitate access to non-ordinary states of consciousness and healing. This course will provide an introduction to indigenous wisdom traditions and their use of psychedelics and their role in community.

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

REFUND POLICY: If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges

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Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in Oakland, CA, where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She earned an ND degree at SCNM, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Elon University, and in the time between these studies she worked as a medicinal chemist for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her private practice, she teaches in the Integrative Health Studies department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She's featured in the documentary The Future of Medicine, and is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine. As a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Researchprogram, she looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoy sharing her passion for life with the world. Visit her online at  www.drnataliemetz.com

Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in Oakland, CA, where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She earned an ND degree at SCNM, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Elon University, and in the time between these studies she worked as a medicinal chemist for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her private practice, she teaches in the Integrative Health Studies department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She's featured in the documentary The Future of Medicine, and is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic MedicineAs a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Researchprogram, she looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoy sharing her passion for life with the world. Visit her online at  www.drnataliemetz.com

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Current Trends in Psychedelic Research with Natalie Metz, ND
Jun
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Current Trends in Psychedelic Research with Natalie Metz, ND

Medical research with psychedelic substances in clinical trials around the world is demonstrating astounding results. The therapeutic potentials of compounds such as ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine are being explored as treatment for conditions such as PTSD, depression, addiction, end of life anxiety and more. This course will provide an introduction to the psychedelic medicine research frontier in the US.

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

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Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in Oakland, CA, where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She earned an ND degree at SCNM, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Elon University, and in the time between these studies she worked as a medicinal chemist for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her private practice, she teaches in the Integrative Health Studies department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She's featured in the documentary The Future of Medicine, and is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic Medicine. As a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Researchprogram, she looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoy sharing her passion for life with the world. Visit her online at  www.drnataliemetz.com

Natalie Metz is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in Oakland, CA, where she focuses on digestive and hormonal wellness with the support of plant medicine, homeopathy, and diet and lifestyle interventions. She earned an ND degree at SCNM, a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Elon University, and in the time between these studies she worked as a medicinal chemist for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to her private practice, she teaches in the Integrative Health Studies department at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She's featured in the documentary The Future of Medicine, and is a contributing author for the Foundations of Naturopathic MedicineAs a graduate of the Certificate for Psychedelic Therapy and Researchprogram, she looks forward to the rescheduling of psychedelic medicines such that more people in need can have access to these healing tools. She is a lifelong student of dance, a lover of art, travel, all things purple, and enjoy sharing her passion for life with the world. Visit her online at  www.drnataliemetz.com

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Infusing Heaven & Earth: Astrology for Medicine Makers with Rae Diamond
Jun
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Infusing Heaven & Earth: Astrology for Medicine Makers with Rae Diamond

Learn how to potentize your herbal medicine by harnessing specific energetic qualities from the solar system. Fine tune your understanding of working with the elements, the moon, eclipses and solstices, connect with the power of the sun, and align your medicines with the major planets. This class includes engaging lectures, stories, samplings of medicines infused under specific astrological indications, and much more. You'll go home with your own medicine making calendar to help you time your herbal creations for optimal energetic alignment.

This class is a part of our Sex, Drugs & Magic Series, offered as a full package for a great discount. Learn more about this incredible offering here.

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  Rae Diamond is an astrologer, healer, teacher and artist, inspired by the creative intelligence of nature and the healing power of compassionate and mindful presence. Rae's training includes four years of private apprenticeship with a Lakota/Apache shaman, a Reiki mastership, and decades of study and practice of astrology, myth, archetypes, herbs, yoga, and Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. Rae teaches innovative classes on astrology, energy and herbs nationally, and spends as much time making art and rambling around in nature as possible. Visit Rae online at rae13diamond.com.

 

Rae Diamond is an astrologer, healer, teacher and artist, inspired by the creative intelligence of nature and the healing power of compassionate and mindful presence. Rae's training includes four years of private apprenticeship with a Lakota/Apache shaman, a Reiki mastership, and decades of study and practice of astrology, myth, archetypes, herbs, yoga, and Buddhist and Taoist philosophies. Rae teaches innovative classes on astrology, energy and herbs nationally, and spends as much time making art and rambling around in nature as possible. Visit Rae online at rae13diamond.com.

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Sex, Drugs & Magic Series
Jun
7
to Aug 23

Sex, Drugs & Magic Series

We’re very excited to be offering a series of unique summer classes with a host of extraordinary educators. The series emerged in the past week with a hot burst of solar energy and seemed to want to happen! 

At first glance you may be saying to yourself, “Wow, Five Flavors Herbs is offering a series on sex, drugs, and magic, we always thought they were such squares?!” but au contraire! These themes of erogenous zone care, clinical medicine with substances AG Jeff Sessions still has reservations about, and cooperating with the cosmos for optimal therapeutic benefit, will all be taught by well-seasoned clinical herbalists.

Though these topics are often shrouded with hype or mystery, our series will offer clarity and insight for clinical herbalists, health care practitioners looking to explore the application of botanical medicine, and individuals hoping to care for their communities.

In case you need to ask, Five Flavors Herbs does not retail or wholesale Cannabis or related extracts, or psychedelics, nor do we have a dungeon...but this is the Bay Area so you just gotta poke around.

  • Wednesday nights from 7-9
  • 12 nights, 24 total class hours
  • Series cost $240 until May 31
  • $300 from June 1-14
  • Individual classes available June 1 will be $30, $40 for CEUs (see details below)

    REFUND POLICY:
    If you've paid for an individual class in this series we will issue a full refund up until 1 week prior to the class. After 1 week prior to the class we offer no refunds or exchanges. 
    Once the series has started there are no refunds or exchanges if you've paid the series price. 
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Topical Remedies for Mood, Mind, and Emotion
June 7 with Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac 

This class will explore creative, fun, and sensual ways to relax the mind, ease unsettling emotions, facilitate contemplative states, alleviate suffering, and invite pleasure with plant medicines. This participatory class will engage the senses with a variety of delivery systems including baths, soaks, anointing with essential oils, and direct contact with plants.

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Infusing Heaven & Earth: Astrology for Medicine Makers
June 14th with Rae Diamond

Learn how to potentize your herbal medicine by harnessing specific energetic qualities from the solar system. Fine tune your understanding of working with the elements, the moon, eclipses and solstices, connect with the power of the sun, and align your medicines with the major planets. This class includes engaging lectures, stories, samplings of medicines infused under specific astrological indications, and much more. You'll go home with your own medicine making calendar to help you time your herbal creations for optimal energetic alignment.

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Current Trends in Psychedelic Research
June 21st with Natalie Metz, ND


Medical research with psychedelic substances in clinical trials around the world is demonstrating astounding results. The therapeutic potentials of compounds such as ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine are being explored as treatment for conditions such as PTSD, depression, addiction, end of life anxiety and more. This course will provide an introduction to the psychedelic medicine research frontier in the US.

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Indigenous Wisdom Traditions: Psychedelic Plants, Fungi & More
June 28th with Natalie Metz, ND


Entheogenic plants and fungi have been used by humans around the world for millennia to facilitate access to non-ordinary states of consciousness and healing. This course will provide an introduction to indigenous wisdom traditions and their use of psychedelics and their role in community.

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Flavors of Herbs The Elements of Flavor: Sweet, Sour and Bitter
July 5th with Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac.  

Flavor sits at the intersection of health and pleasure.  Integrating traditional culinary and medical wisdom with the scientific insights of contemporary nutrition, this class is a gastronomic and intellectual journey through the flavors that define the effects of foods, herbs, and spices on the body, mind, and palate.  Learn how to make seasonal shrubs and bitters with kitchen ingredients and local herbs to inspire you in the kitchen and invigorate your health.

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Topical Remedies for Infectious Disease
July 12th with Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.

Many common viral, bacterial, and fungal infections will benefit from topical application of common and uncommon herbal remedies. This class will look at favorable herb/drug interactions for topical infections and at ways that herbs can be used as a primary medicine. This class will weave an intersection of traditional Chinese and Western herbalism w/ herbal pharmacology. Demonstrations of application of unique types of medicinal preparations from around the world will be included.

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Astrology & Herbs: Topical Applications
July 19th with Rae Diamond

Where attention goes, energy flows. Learn how to use herbs topically to help direct and strengthen your healing focus. We'll explore how astrology helps us understand where in our body, life, and mind to put our herbs and our attention. This class includes engaging lectures, stories, meditations, samplings of topical medicines, and much more.

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Holistic Breast Care
July 26th with Carolyn Bernstein NP

Join holistic Nurse Practitioner Carolyn Bernstein for an evening discussing how to navigate screening for breast cancer and understanding our breast cancer risk. Learn holistic ways to approach breast health including breast massage, reducing environmental exposures, supportive herbs and supplements.

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Fireside Chat with Your Neighborhood Herbalist Dominatrix: An Exploration of Herbal Allies and Practices for Cathartic Sexual Experience  
August 2nd with Alexandra Hudson

Are you ready to explore the brilliant wealth of pleasure and knowledge that's stored in your body? What world of possibilities awaits as we dive into the deep recesses of the psyche and massage our knotty kinks! In this rich conversation we will discuss (and play with)

  • Herbal allies and formulas for cathartic release and transformation
  • Techniques for creating an immaculate container strong enough to hold your deepest desires
  • How to handle release and begin anew!

This is a safe space and all discussed in class is completely confidential.

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Compassionate Gynecology: Sexually Transmitted Infections
August 9th with Natalie Metz

This course provides an overview of sexually transmitted infections, their signs and symptoms, diagnostic tools for detection, and treatment. Dr. Metz will outline the role of herbs, supplements, and pharmaceuticals and will emphasize the value of integrative care.

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Science of Clinical Use of Cannabis, A Literature Review
August 16th with Ingrid Bauer MD

This class will emphasize existing peer reviewed literature on the use of Cannabis sp. and various cannabinoids. This class will inspire, invite hope, and soberly slice through some of the knots of myth and hype that surround this important plant medicine.

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Clinical Uses of Cannabinoids
August 23rd with Harry Mcilroy MD, L.Ac.

Dr. Mcilroy will share his valuable perspectives on offering guidance to patients and individuals living with cancer, chronic disease, and various types of pain in the application of Cannabis sp. and various cannabinoids.

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Botanical Field Study: Southern California Desert & Coastal Range
Mar
18
to Mar 19

Botanical Field Study: Southern California Desert & Coastal Range

We’re very excited to offer a field study of the Southern California desert and Coastal Range early this Spring, as we only offer these classes every two or three years and they are very fun and inspiring!

We strategically aim to offer this class during the peak desert bloom so that a feast for the eyes can complement the practical applications of the medicines we will be studying. This class aims to be intellectually engaging for practitioners of all backgrounds and practically suitable for herbal enthusiasts of any level of experience.

The aims of this two day course will include the following:

  • Identification of over twenty useful medicinal plants
  • Ethical wild harvesting

  • Traditional and modern applications of desert plants

  • Application of native plants within the context of Chinese medicine and Chinese formulas

  • Infectious disease, respiratory health, dermatology

  • Topical and first aid applications

  • Culinary uses of common plants


Schedule: Begins Saturday March 18 at 9 a.m. near Anza Borrego and concludes Sunday March 19 until 3:00 p.m. The class will be approximately 2 hrs from San Diego and 2.5 hrs from the Los Angeles area. Participants are encouraged to come and camp with us on the evening of Friday March 17.  Other details TBA.

These trips fill up to capacity so sign up soon!

 

10 hrs class time total. 10 CEUs pending for California acupuncturists.
Practitioner Cost: $175  / General public & students: $140 (Cost covers campsite fees.)

Brian Kie Weissbuch, L.Ac. is the founder and CEO of KW Botanicals and has been practicing a mix of Western and Chinese herbal medicine for over 40 years

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. is the founder and CEO of Five Flavors Herbs and has been practicing a mix of Western and Chinese herbal medicine for over 20 years



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Working with Trauma: An Exploration with Sarah Holmes
Feb
26
10:00am10:00am

Working with Trauma: An Exploration with Sarah Holmes

In this class we will explore how trauma impacts a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. What are the many forms of trauma? What are some short and long term issues? How do we identify and unwind these patterns? How do we get to the root of the pattern? Treatment approaches and herbs for addressing these issues will be covered.

The material in Session 1 and 2 will be roughly identical. We are offering two sessions of the same material since both sessions sold out last year.

Sarah Holmes is a Clinical Herbalist.  Sarah's work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants. She enjoys working with clients and students to open them to these concepts on both obvious and subtle levels. Sarah also runs, in partnership with Karyn Sanders, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and a weekly radio program on KPFA, The Herbal Highway.

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Working with Trauma: An Exploration with Sarah Holmes
Feb
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Working with Trauma: An Exploration with Sarah Holmes

In this class we will explore how trauma impacts a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. What are the many forms of trauma? What are some short and long term issues? How do we identify and unwind these patterns? How do we get to the root of the pattern? Treatment approaches and herbs for addressing these issues will be covered.

The material in Session 1 and 2 will be roughly identical. We are offering two sessions of the same material since both sessions sold out last year.

Sarah Holmes is a Clinical Herbalist.  Sarah's work focuses on the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit as well as the dynamic interchange between people and plants. She enjoys working with clients and students to open them to these concepts on both obvious and subtle levels. Sarah also runs, in partnership with Karyn Sanders, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine and a weekly radio program on KPFA, The Herbal Highway.

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Arborviruses & Neuro-invasive Complications: Herbal Treatment & Lifestyle Regimen with Paul Bergner
Feb
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Arborviruses & Neuro-invasive Complications: Herbal Treatment & Lifestyle Regimen with Paul Bergner

A new wave of mosquito borne viral illness has emerged in the past decade in the Americas. West Nile is now endemic in all states and provinces of the U.S. and Canada. Chikungunya and Zika viruses have swept South and Central America, and are now present, along with a resurgent Dengue fever on the Southern borders of the U.S.. Just since 2014, global warming has led to the rapid expansion of the range of the carrier mosquitos Aedes aegypti, and A. arbopictus as far north as New York City and to the San Francisco Bay area.

We will offer a protocol of herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle support which may moderate acute symptoms or prevent complications of these viral illnesses and provide a protocol and case studies for their neuro-invasive complications, including meningitis and encephalitis. Based on a review of 30 case studies of WNV and its complications from Colorado (2003-2012), a group of CHIKV patients from rural Nicaragua with chronic arthralgias (2015), and a historical review of treatments for Dengue and Chikungunya in the U.S. in colonial times.

Paul Bergner is the Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He has studied and practiced natural medicine since 1973, with formal training in naturopathy, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, including undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology, and 50 semester hours of doctoral level medical studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has published the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989, and has written seven books on medical herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. He has also edited periodicals on clinical nutrition and naturopathic medicine. Paul has taught clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1989 and has mentored more than 300 students through clinical residencies at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism since 1996. He is currently on the clinical faculty of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder and the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, OR. He also has taught nutrition academically at both the undergraduate university and master's level. He lectures on the topics of medical herbalism and clinical nutrition nationally and internationally.

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Working With the Heavy Cannabis User with Paul Bergner
Feb
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Working With the Heavy Cannabis User with Paul Bergner

Heavy daily Cannabis use, whether in a recreational or a medical setting, usually leads to a common set of side effects, clinical syndromes, and energetic imbalance. This practical review of the case files of 40 heavy Cannabis users (3-10 doses per day) in Colorado and Oregon between 2010 and 2016 illustrates the issues that can arise, including tolerance, dependence, a withdrawal syndrome, Cannabis emesis, menstrual irregularities, adverse effects on fertility in females and males, disturbance of pre-existing mental conditions, and other physical and cognitive short and long term side effects. The information is foundational for those wishing to work with this medicine and patients who will be taking it multiple times a day.

Paul Bergner is a medical herbalist, clinical nutritionist, educator, author, and naturalist. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, nutrition, and medical herbalism since 1973 and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He is the director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He has written seven books on herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, folk ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Paul has taught all aspects of clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1989. He helped to establish and has taught in free or sliding scale teaching clinics in herbalism and nutrition continuously since 1996. He has mentored more than 300 students through 8-month clinical residencies. He lectures internationally on topics in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition.

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Chronic Infections: Botanicals & Biofilms with Paul Bergner
Feb
19
10:00am10:00am

Chronic Infections: Botanicals & Biofilms with Paul Bergner

An advanced review of recent science in microbiology and botanicals for common infections. The discovery of the biofilm form of bacterial life has altered our understanding of chronic infection, and provided insight into reasons why antimicrobial drugs and host immunity in general fail to rid the body of chronic internal or external bacterial infections. More recent research into the synergistic effects of complex constituents in medicinal plants against biofilms has demonstrated that many medicinal herbs traditionally used topically for treatment of chronic infection may succeed in simultaneously disabling microbial defenses, preventing biofilm formation or spread and disrupting existing biofilms, in addition to directly killing bacteria. 


Topics covered will include:

  • New concepts in microbiology: Microbiome and Biofilm.
  • Antimicrobial actions of drugs and herbs.
  • Microbial defenses.
  • Structure and dynamics of biofilm formation.
  • Synergistic activities of medicinal plants against biofilms and their complications.
  • Comparative materia medica and differentials for: Calendula, Plantago, Hypericum, Echinacea, Althaea, Hydrastis leaf, Allium sativa, Arctostaphylos uva ursi, Commiphora myrrha, Achalypha mexicana, Boswellia, Propolis, Achillea, Hypericum, Larrea, Anemopsis, Thuja, Myrica, and Baptisia.
  • Therapeutic protocols for treating chronic infections of the skin, mouth, sinus, external and middle ear, stomach, small intestine, bladder, and vagina.

Paul Bergner is the Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He has studied and practiced natural medicine since 1973, with formal training in naturopathy, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, including undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology, and 50 semester hours of doctoral level medical studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He has published the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989, and has written seven books on medical herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. He has also edited periodicals on clinical nutrition and naturopathic medicine. Paul has taught clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1989 and has mentored more than 300 students through clinical residencies at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies and the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism since 1996. He is currently on the clinical faculty of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder and the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, OR. He also has taught nutrition academically at both the undergraduate university and master's level. He lectures on the topics of medical herbalism and clinical nutrition nationally and internationally.

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Herb & Drug Interactions in Mental Health Care
Feb
5
10:00am10:00am

Herb & Drug Interactions in Mental Health Care

This course will explore the following topics in detail and provide participants with a robust set of references to use in order to better serve their patients and community.

  • Herbs for common medication side effects
  • Common nutrient deficiencies created by psychiatric medication
  • Known Herb-Drug interactions that pose a risk
  • Potential Herb-Drug interactions that are favorable
  • Effective communication w/ psychiatrists and other allied mental health practitioners
  • Effective communication w/patients and family

The goal is to support practitioners of herbal medicine, especially Chinese medical practitioners, in understanding how to safely support patients taking psychiatric medication in achieving their mental health goals while experiencing the best possible quality of life.

This class will be broad enough in its scope to be practical for clinicians who practice other styles of herbal medicine and mental health practitioners who wish to develop their skills with natural medicine.

This is a valuable class to attend for practitioners who wish to better understand how to collaborate inter-professionally.

5 CEUs pending for California Licensed Acupuncturists.

Early Bird tickets available through Dec 31.

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. is a clinician with over 20 years of experience providing herbal medicine to individuals with mental health concerns. He practices in Oakland and is the co- founder of Five Flavors Herbs, Inc., an herbal pharmacy and herbal extract manufacturer. He is also on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved.

 

 

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Preparing for a Hospital Birth with Hilary Seamans
Dec
7
6:45pm 6:45pm

Preparing for a Hospital Birth with Hilary Seamans

This class will introduce hospital birth protocol and possibilities, aimed at preparing soon-to-be parents and partners for the birth experience unique to Bay Area hospitals. We will cover "typical" labor and delivery progression, common medical interventions seen in the hospital setting, birth plans, and pain management techniques for partners and birthing parents, with or without the additional aid of pharmaceuticals.

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Perinatal Herbal Medicine for Midwives, Doulas & Parents
Dec
4
12:00pm12:00pm

Perinatal Herbal Medicine for Midwives, Doulas & Parents

This afternoon class will focus on how to utilize Western and Chinese herbal remedies, medicinal foods, and Chinese barefoot doctor techniques for support during pregnancy, postpartum, and infancy/early childhood.

All experience levels are welcome: from the seasoned midwife to parents-to-be!

Topics Covered

  • Pregnancy & Birth: Herbal support for common discomforts of pregnancy; herbs to avoid during pregnancy; herbal and dietary suggestions for early labor; supporting the birth partner
  • Postpartum mom & family care: Herbs and medicinal food for the new mom (0-10 days) and birth partner(s); remedies to support lactation and breast health; placental food medicine; mind-body comfort
  • Healthy Children: Safe and effective herbal remedies for babies and children; dosage and sources of herbal medicines; treating common ailments of infancy and childhood

Taught by Beth Rees, Doula & Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac.

About Beth Rees

Beth creates home in San Francisco with her spouse and 16 yr. old bonus son. Beyond being a birth/breastfeeding enthusiast, she enjoys cooking, photography, traveling, hiking, swimming, tea, coordinating life celebrations and parties, and spending time with loved ones – in and out of the City.

Questions? Please feel free to contact her at beth@mindfuldoulaarts.com.

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Medicinal Mushrooms with Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D
Nov
20
9:30am 9:30am

Medicinal Mushrooms with Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D

Dietary mushrooms are an incredible source of healthy food and medicine and are the perfect diet food to lose weight. Products are widely used for preventing and treating a wide variety of ailments, including cancer, viral diseases like herpes and for prevention of cardiovascular disease and much more. Please join us to learn more from Christopher's clinical experience and updates from his extensive research. 

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Gateway to Chinese Herbalism
Nov
6
1:00pm 1:00pm

Gateway to Chinese Herbalism

This class aims to deconstruct some of the major concepts used in TCM herbalism, so that one can adopt this sophisticated approach with any Materia Medica. Topics covered will include energetics of plant parts, herbal temperatures, the five flavors, intro to the categories, and formula combining. 

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Welcome to the Cancer Cafe - a benefit for Charlotte Maxwell Clinic
Nov
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Welcome to the Cancer Cafe - a benefit for Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

*100% of proceeds from this performance will be donated to Charlotte Maxwell Clinic which is an integrative cancer care clinic that provides service to women in Oakland, Ca. via a well coordinated volunteer system. Judith and Five Flavors Herbs honor Charlotte Maxwell's committment to service and hope you will take interest in their contribution to our community and the lives they benefit. 

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