Advanced Comparative Materia Medica

with Paul Bergner, April 10-11, 2021

Course Information

Bacteria, fungi, biofilms, and chronic infection

In day one this course explores the science of microbial biofilms in chronic infection, and the ways that plants have evolved to prevent or disrupt these, or otherwise disable or inhibit microbial defenses. This course also covers practical therapeutic strategies for biofilm-related infections of the mouth, skin, ear, sinus, stomach, small-intestine, or vagina.

Anti-viral Herbal therapeutics

Medicinal plants useful against viral infection may have direct virucidal effects with topical application, or may enhance or modify host resistance with internal use. In either case, nutritional and lifestyle interventions may be critical to success in prevention or treatment of viral infection and the damage that may occur from excessive host response to the infection. In day 2, the presenter describes therapeutic strategies for topical viral infection, herpes, shingles, arbovirus infection such as West Nile or Dengue with possible neuro-invasive complications, and treatments for viral respiratory infection, focusing on Influenza and COVID-19.

Day 1 Topics

  • The New Microbiology. The new science of microbial communities, microbiome, and biofilms
  • Biofilm formation: bacterial, fungal, and multi-species
  • Plant defenses against microbes and application to human infections
  • Materia Medica with anti-biofilm, anti-quorum, and efflux-pump inhibiting effects
  • Berberine for aerobic and anaerobic organisms
  • Compound berberine herbal formula
  • Host defense against biofilms, and medicinal plants that strengthen local immunity
  • Plant constituent-synergy model for topical treatment of biofilm infections
  • Historical materia medica and combinations for topical biofilm infection
  • Anti-biofilm and antimicrobial effects of delivery media
  • Practical therapeutics for oral, vaginal, skin, ear, wound, and sinus infections
  • Fungal biofilms and anti-fungal materia medica
  • Anti-fungal therapeutics for oral and vaginal candidiasis, skin infections, fungal sinusitis
  • Fungi and multi-species biofilms

Day 2 Topics

  • Viral infection science review
  • Applications and misapplications of in-vitro studies
  • Viral infection and reactive inflammation: the Damage-Response theory of infection
  • Nutritional considerations in anti-viral immunity
  • Vitamin D, viral infection, and systemic inflammatory response
  • The anti-viral materia medica
  • Topical treatments for herpes infections and shingles
  • Arboviruses and neuroinvasive complications: West Nile, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika
  • Viral respiratory illness: Comparing and contrasting Influenza and Covid-19
  • Materia Medica for viral respiratory infections
  • Assessment and strategies for COVID-19 infection

Course Instructor

Paul Bergner is a medical herbalist, clinical nutritionist, educator, author, and naturalist. He is Director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and is core faculty at the Acorn School of Herbal Medicine and the Southern Institute of Medical Herbalism in New Zealand. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, nutrition, and medical herbalism since 1973 and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He has written seven books on herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, folk ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Paul has taught all aspects of medical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1996 and has taught nutrition academically at both the university undergraduate and master’s levels. He has mentored more than 300 students through 8-month clinical residencies in integrated herbalism and nutrition.

Listen to Paul on episode 24 of Pacific Rim College Radio.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, 2021, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Format

Live Online via Zoom

Course Tuition

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

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.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, 2021, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Format

Live Online via Zoom

Course Tuition

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

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.

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