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Flexible Herbalism: Four Part Series

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Want to use Western herbs to substitute for exotic foreign remedies from China and India? Are you an Ayurvedic herbalist who would like to incorporate Chinese remedies?

There are tens of thousands of herbal medicines used in the world. Most of them come from just a few plant families. As it turns out, many herbs have close cousins that can replace exotic, expensive, endangered species.

Learning about constituents and features shared by diverse plants can be a big help for your community and your health. If two herbs share active constituents, why not use a cheap and available herb instead of an expensive alternative?

In this practical 4 part webinar series, we’ll dig into plant families and their similarities, the features they share, botanical replacement medicines and cross-system remedies from around the world. Learn to be flexible when using herbal medicines and always have an herb you can pull out when you need one.

You’ll learn about powerful herbs that are:

  • Less Expensive
  • Great for Getting Quicker Results
  • More Effective
  • Easily Available Herbs
  • Ecologically Responsible

Included in each session:

  • Plant families and similarities
  • Shared Features
  • Flexible applications
  • Botanical analogs
  • Shared features in plant families from Western, Ayurvedic, Chinese
  • Shared constituents

Join us and discover herbal substitute and alternative herbs from around the world and enliven your herbal skills.

K.P. Khalsa and Ben Zappin will both discuss the overlap of Western, Ayurveda, Chinese systems. K.P. Khalsa will then cover Apiaceae, Rosales and Rosaceae, while Ben Zappin will cover Araliaceae, Lamiaceae, and Asteraceae.

Extensive handouts accompany the course.

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, A.D., D.N.-C., R.H., is an herbalist, nutritionist, yoga teacher, and educator who has been making holistic health approaches palatable to the modern mind for over 40 years. He was first person to be professionally certified in both herbalism and Ayurveda in the U.S. He is president emeritus of the American Herbalist Guild, and is a board member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac., R.H. practices acupuncture and herbal medicine in Oakland, Ca. and is the co-founder, with his wife Ingrid Bauer, MD, of Five Flavors Herbs. With over 20 years of clinical experience, Benjamin has studied at Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA, and the Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China. Additionally, he completed a four-year clinical apprenticeship with Michael Tierra and worked extensively with Thomas Avery Garran around the intersection of Western and Chinese herbs.

Benjamin regularly lectures at institutions and symposia nationwide. He has been on the faculty of Five Branches University, A.C.C.H.S., East/West School of Herbology, and American School of Herbalism. He has lectured at California School of Herbal Studies, UCSF, and many other institutions as a guest lecturer and has been involved in training physicians in natural medicine internationally. In addition to his work as an herbalist, Benjamin is on the board of directors of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved. He spends his free time cooking and studying music.

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