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Powerful Herbal Pairs

  • Five Flavors Herbs 344 40th Street Oakland, CA, 94609 United States (map)

The medicinal power of herbs in combinations or two or three may exceed that of a simple exponentially. A study of herbal pairs and triplets is, a foundational study in Traditional Chinese medicine, is also documented in the histories of Physiomedical and Eclectic medicines in North America and Great Britain, and is the basis of effective formulation. Adding one or more herbs to a simple may amplify its effect, broaden its action, act with synergistic effect on the physiology, correct humoral or energetic imbalances, or steer its effect toward a specific tissue or organ. We will discuss some powerful herbal pairs from North American herbal history as well as from contemporary practice. Herbs covered will include Matricaria, Curcuma, Echinacea, Scutellaria, Hypericum, Piscidia, Eschscholtzia, Viburnum, Eupatorium, Calendula, and Althaea.

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.

Practitioners: $35

Students and General Public: $25


Earlier Event: March 25
Herban Legends and Clinical Pearls
Later Event: April 24
Herbs for Pain and Trauma