A Materia Medica Intensive for the 21st Century

with Paul Bergner, November 28-29, 2015

Course Information

We will study in depth 60 herbs in 18 categories, emphasizing for each small group constitutional indications, differentials between similar herbs, and ways to use that category therapeutically and in formulation. We will look at correlations between Western and Asian materia medica, some forgotten herbs that should be remembered, and traditional herbs which may be useful for emerging syndromes and conditions not typically seen in traditional literature. By studying closely the sometimes small differences or the overlapping properties of similar herbs, we can learn how to substitute herbs within a category, or join similar herbs into simple compounds for a broader but still-focused physiological and humoral action.

Categories to be covered include the following:

  • Topical herbs with anti-inflammatory and wound healing effects
  • Topical antiseptics with immune strengthening effects
  • Topical antiseptics with strong mucous membrane effects
  • Drying mineral-rich herbs
  • Systemic demulcents
  • Alterative immune-enhancers
  • Chamomile as a category of its own
  • The bitter mints
  • Antispasmodic herb differentials
  • Three cohoshes in the clinic
  • Anti-inflammatory herbs hot in the third degree
  • Carminative relaxants for the system
  • Tonic astringents to hepatic portal system
  • Herbs which can relax liver tension
  • Stimulating adaptogens
  • Immune enhancing adaptogens
  • Adaptogens for the dry patient
  • Warming herbs for the reproductive system

Course Instructor

Paul Bergner is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado, where he has trained students in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in a teaching clinic since 1996. He has edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. Paul has studied and practiced natural medicine since 1973, with formal studies in nature cure, medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Unani medicine, flower essences, yoga therapy, and bodywork, including undergraduate studies in pre-medicine and psychology and doctoral level studies in medical sciences and natural therapeutics at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. In addition to directing the school and clinic at the NAIMH, he taught undergraduate nutrition at Naropa University for seven years, and is guest faculty in the Masters in Herbal Medicine program at the Tai Sophia Institute. He has authored seven books on medical herbalism, clinical nutrition, ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, November 28-29, 2015, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until September 15)
Student – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until September 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until September 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.