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

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

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.