Advanced Comparative Materia Medica

with Paul Bergner, November 30 to December 1, 2019

Course Information

When the Materia Medica is studied in depth, with attention to the totality of humoral and energetic effects, clinical actions, clinical uses, and tissues affected, groups of herbs with similar actions and uses emerge as “affinity groups” of analogues. Herbs in each group may have small differentials between them, but for practical purposes they may often be combined for broader but still-focused physiological and humoral effects or substituted for each other in formula compounds. We will study in depth more than 70 herbs in 24 herbal affinity groups, emphasizing for each 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.

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
  • Bitter demulcents
  • Alterative immune-enhancers
  • Chamomile as a category of its own
  • The mints
  • The bitter mints
  • Antispasmodic herb differentials
  • The three cohoshes compared
  • Anti-inflammatory herbs hot in the third degree
  • Carminative relaxants for the system
  • Expectorant differentials
  • Tonic astringents to hepatic portal system
  • Herbs which can relax liver tension
  • Alterative differentials
  • Stimulating adaptogens
  • Immune enhancing adaptogens
  • Restorative adaptogens
  • Adaptogens for the dry patient
  • Warming herbs for the reproductive system

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.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, November 30-December 1 2019, 9:00am- 5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until September 15)
Students* – $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.

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