Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband run Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7-acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and host internships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine.
Chanchal runs a private herbal medicine clinic with a specialty in holistic oncology, and a student training clinic that provides free health services to the community. The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.
2017 Presentations by Chanchal Cabrera
INTENSIVE: THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 ~ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm "Shinrin Yoku: The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing" This intensive will explore deep and wide to understand and explain the inherent resonance and innate connection most people feel with and in ‘nature’. We will consider mathematics, medical research and spirituality. We will also go outside to experience healing in Nature. Learning Objectives: 1) To better appreciate the implicit and inherent healing power of Nature 2) To understand the energetic qualities of different trees and how to apply that in clinical practice 3) To understand the science and the evidence behind Forest Bathing therapy 4) To develop tools and methods for practical application of Nature Healing principles
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 ~ 9:00 am - 10:30 am "Anthraquinones and the Bowel Stimulant Herbs: Using Laxatives Safely and Effectively" Some of our very powerful remedies contain anthraquinones. Used carefully, they can be a useful addition to patient care, and used recklessly, they can be cathartic and drastic. Class Outline: a) Healthy bowel function b) The difference between atonic and tonic constipation c) When to use stimulant laxatives and when to use bulking laxatives d) Dosing and timing of anthraquinones e) Carminatives and anti-spasmodics with anthraquinones f) Safety and cautions
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 ~ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm in Classroom Building B "Polysaccharides and Mucilage: The Healing Power of Slime" These large and complex sugars impart very specific healing properties to the plants they occur in such as cooling, soothing, calming, and classically vulnerary. They include herbs as diverse as oats and kelp, mushrooms and mullein. They may be used in conditions as different as immune regulation, tonic constipation, eczema and bronchitis. Understanding the chemistry and constitution (energetics) of these herbs is the key to using them correctly. Learning Objectives: 1) Identify the texture, taste and appearance of mucilage 2) Understand the basic biochemistry and pharmacology of polysaccharides and mucilage 3) Describe the use of soothing expectorants and osmotic diuretics 4) Differentiate between demulcents and emollients 5) Understand how specific sugars in plants can support immune functions 6) Define dietary fiber and discuss its clinical significance in constipation, cholesterol and diabetes 7) Name the active constituents and clinical uses of medicinal mushrooms
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