Paul Bergner is director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Portland, Oregon, where he offers seminar training in clinical skills, medical herbalism, nutrition and nature cure. He supervised a teaching clinic in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in Boulder, Colorado from 1996 until 2013 and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, medical herbalism and nutrition since 1973. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany and naturopathic medicine.
2018 Presentations by Paul Bergner
THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTENSIVE CLASS Thursday, August 23 ~ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Classroom Building B "Botanicals, Biofilms and Chronic Infection" Some of our most stubborn infections, such as MRSA, sinus or vaginal infection, non-healing wounds and ulcers, and gastrotintesinal or bladder infections are resistant to both drugs and host immunity because the involved complex biofilms resistant of bacteria. Our traditional disinfectant plants, such as Commiphora, Hydrastis, Thuja, Larrea, and Anemopsis appear to work in three ways, with direct antimicrobial action, disruption of microbial defences (MDR pump inhibition) and also disruption of biofilms. Recent research shows potent anti-biofilm effects to other herbs such as Hydrastis leaf, Arctostaphylos uva ursi, Hypericum, Achillea, Achalypha mexicana and others. We will present clinical protocols incorporating this new information for for chronic infections of the skin, sinus, mouth, external and middle ear, stomach, small intestine, bladder and vagina.
Friday, August 24 ~ 9:00 am - 10:30 am in Auditorium A "Classical Herbal Pairs: Keys to Effective Formulation" 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 Britian, 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.
Saturday, August 25 ~ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm in Auditorium A "Herban Legends and Clinical Pearls" An Herban Legend is a persistent, widely and firmly held belief about a plant and its medicinal effects which is not true. The origin of the Legend or its rationale is obscure or forgotten, and is usually based on misinterpretation of some fact of science or tradition. It is repeated, believed, and repeated again from textbook to textbook, teacher to teacher, article to article, and herbalist to herbalist, across a generation, and may guide regular practice. A large number of such Legends, most arising in the last 30 years, infect the modern North American materia medica and weaken the effectiveness of our clinical practice. Each of the herbs, however, have some potent “Clinical Pearl” unrelated to the legend itself. We will discuss Herban Legends and Clinical Pearls for Devil's Club (Oplopanax), Lomatium, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa), Feverfew (Tanacetum), Juniper (Juniperus), Lobelia, Echinacea, Goldenseal (Hydrastis) and Wild Yam (Dioscorea).
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