Director of Medical Education for Gaia Herbs & founding member of Gaia's Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Mary Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, WA. and received her Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. Dr. Bove practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery in Brattleboro, VT. for 25 years, specializing in Naturopathic pediatrics, home birthing, and botanical medicine.
Once a full-time faculty member at Bastyr University, Dr Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. She is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants which is considered an authoritative reference on natural pediatric herbal medicine. Mary co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health and has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on the topics of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, pediatrics, natural pregnancy, childbirth, traditional food medicine and mind-body healing. In collaboration with Gaia Herbs® Dr Bove developed an herbal remedy line designed specifically for children.
After leaving clinical practice Dr Bove has carried on her work in Herbs as the current Medical Educator and New Product Formulator for Gaia Herbs Brevard, NC. Mary lives in northern New Hampshire on a small pond where she studies the natural NE habitat with a particular interest in lichens.
THURSDAY INTENSIVE OFFERING TBD ~ x:xx pm - x:xx pm Restoring Healthy Day/Night Adrenal Circadian Cycles with Botanical Agents Commonly individuals experience continuous stress without adequate recovery for the adrenal gland or HPA axis. An important aspect of restoration is reestablishing a normal day/night adrenal circadian cycle for adrenal hormone release, cortisol being one of them. Since both high and low cortisol are associated with many chronic diseases, regulating adrenal health and achieving homeostasis of cortisol patterns is key to maintaining daily health as this influences sleep cycle, mood, energy, glycemic regulation, immune function and stress adaptation. A focus on using botanical strategies for resetting the 24 hour Circadian Cycle including the day/night cycle, sleep cycle, glucose metabolism cycle, circadian hormonal cycles, and body temperature cycles. Working with restorative herbs, eating habits and lifestyle modification can aid in restoring and re-establishing a healthy 24 hour circadian cycle. Special focus on adrenal health through restoration and enhancement of the HPA axis function, and supporting an optimal 24 hour adrenal cycle with specific botanical actions, groups, and individual herbs applied in the restoration of the 24 Hour Circadian Cycle. Case history presentations applied
TBD TRACK TBD ~ x:xx pm - x:xx pm Differential Application of Botanical Immunomodulating Agents in Light of Pharmacological Activity Botanicals interact with the human immune system in a variety of mechanisms eliciting multiple types of physiological responses from activing macrophages, balancing helper T1 and T2 cells and to inhibit inflammation by blocking pro-inflammatory cytokines. Understanding some of the basic pharmacological strengths of specific phytochemicals, seasonal variation of active compounds, and the application in pediatric healthcare gives the clinician options for using immune botanicals as rapid response agents in acute situations such as childhood infections or for more long term immune building as with allergies and dermatitis.. TBD TRACK TBD ~ x:xx pm - x:xx pm Exploring the Therapeutic Values of Aromatic Plants Aromatic plants offer many possibilities as therapeutic agents as anti-oxidants, anti-microbials, nervines, cognitive enhancers, and more. Aromatic botanicals will be explored in terms of phyto-active compounds including flavonoids, phenols, terpenes; traditional use, therapeutic application, and optimal preparation specific to the use of volatile compounds
TBD TRACK TBD ~ x:xx pm - x:xx pm Compliance Issues when using Herbal Medicines with Finicky Adults and Kids Many herbalists find that they are faced with issues of compliancy when prescribing herbal medicines. This can be a major factor contributing to the overall outcome of using herbs. Compliance issues can be different for children than adults and require creative strategies for the herbalist. Dr Bove will discuss common issues relating to compliance, hints and strategies for trouble shooting such issues in children and adults from her experiences in the clinical setting over 25 years of working with herbal medicines.
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