Chanchal Cabrera 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.
2018 Presentations by Chanchal Cabrera
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 ~ 9:00 am - 10:30 am in Classroom Building B "Detoxification and Tissue Cleansing: An Ancient Art for Modern Times" This in depth review considers the historical and contemporary reasons and relevance of detoxification and its usefulness in clinical practice; when and why to implement a tissue cleanse, and when not to. Understand how to customize a diet plan for each individual and how to coach patients through a detox program. Discuss the herbs and nutritional agents used to promote detoxification at cell, organ and whole body levels. Learning Objectives: 1) Understand when to and when not to cleanse 2) Design safe and effective diets for detoxification 3) Build herbal formulas for optimizing liver and bowel function 4) Utilize specific nutritional agents to promote clearance pathways SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 ~ 8:30 am - 10:00 am 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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