A Potpourri of Topics in Herbal Medicine with Dr. Mary Bove
Full Course: 6 Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm ET
Sept. 3 - Oct. 8, 2019
This 6 week course will be held live with the opportunity to ask questions, and all courses will also be recorded for participants to view at a later time. Dr. Mary Bove will teach about A Potpourri of Topics in Herbal Medicine. Below is more information and the full description of course topics. If there are any questions, please just let us know.
1. Rapid Response Remedies; Differential Application of Botanical Immunomodulating Agents in Light of Pharmacological Activity
Botanicals interact with the human immune system in a variety of mechanisms eliciting multiple types of physiological responses from activing macrophages, balancing helper T1 and T2 cells and to inhibit inflammation by blocking pro-inflammatory cytokines. Understanding some of the basic pharmacological strengths of specific phytochemicals, seasonal variation of active compounds, and the application in pediatric healthcare gives the clinician options for using immune botanicals as rapid response agents in acute situations such as childhood infections or for more long term immune building as with allergies and dermatitis.
2. The Cytokine Connection to Insomnia
Cytokines are proteins acting as neuro-immune modulators, some which help promote sleep and some that can promote sleep disruption. Specific cytokines stimulated by chronic infection and inflammation, or with persistent stress lead to sleep disruption and insomnia. Long-term lack of sleep increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease chronic diseases all linked to cytokine imbalance. Botanical therapeutics involves a multiple focus approach focusing on modulating cytokines, neurotransmitters, quenching inflammation, re-regulating the immune system while eliminating any potential triggers and using a combination of anti-inflammatory herbs, nervines, and adaptogens herbs for therapeutic protocols.
3. Six Kid Friendly Herbs
Herbs can be a safe and effective option for parents looking for therapeutic choices for their children. Join in to a discussion on the traditional use of plant medicines along with current research for the safety and efficiency of herbal medicines for childhood health concerns such as insomnia, restlessness, ADHD, generalized anxiety, immune support during cold and flu season, ear infection, and more. Featured herbs include Black Elderberry, Echinacea, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Spearmint, and Chamomile Flowers.
4. Botanical Medicines for Iron-deficiency Anemia
Healthy blood is essential for optimal health and vitality. Red blood cells are a major component of blood transporting oxygen and nutrients to every cell of the body. Iron-deficiency anemia is a reality with standard American diet including all ages of children and teens, male and female. Botanical medicines offer plant-based forms of iron, aid in absorption and bioavailability along with food to support blood building providing the necessary nutrients of healthy blood.
5. Childhood Constipation; How Herbs can Help?
Constipation is a common issue for many children persisting for days to months to years. 95% of constipation in children is functional in nature and can impact a child’s physical and psychosocial well-being. Therapeutic includes education, diet, lifestyle, and many natural therapy options including the use of botanical medicines. Herbs can help by offering support for the digestive process, digestive secretions, and intestinal motility; herbal nervines provide options for stress relief and analgesic properties, along with the application of herbal laxatives, bulking agents, and autonomic visceral relaxants all of which can be applied as necessary.
6. Botanical Medicines to Address MRSA
Discussion on MRSA, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, will include resistance issues, risk factors, sub-categories, and current medical treatments. Taking a look at botanical strategies for MRSA treatment and prevention, along with general neuro-endrocine immune health for treatment options to conventional treatments. Botanical medicines for MRSA, treatment includes a review of scientific literature and traditional knowledge for treating Staph. aureus.
About Dr. Mary Bove
Dr. Mary Bove, Naturopathic Physician and Medical Herbalist, was called to the study of herbs as a young woman, traveling to Alert Bay, Canada in 1977 to meet her teacher and mentor Norma Meyers, which started her career in herbs.
In 1980 she opened an herb shop in her hometown of Portland, Maine called Hippocrates’s Herbarium which was clearly “a little before its time”. She continued her work at Ram Island Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine growing and farming herbs for retail sales.
In 1984 Mary left the farm and traveled to England to begin her studies at the National Institute of Medical Herbalist’s School of Phytotherapy, gaining membership with the institute shortly after receiving her Diploma of Phytotherapy. Returning to the US she attended Bastyr University and received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Certificate of Midwifery. Mary served as the Chair of Botanical Medicine and Midwifery Co-Chair at Bastyr University for several years before returning east for clinical practice.
She owned and managed the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic for 25 years practicing general family medicine, offering homebirths and specializing in pediatric care. She left clinical practice a year ago to educate, write, and to teach. Dr. Bove’s book “The Encyclopedia of Natural healing for Infants and Children” has served as a leading reference for herbal care with children. Dr. Bove lectures internationally, participating in many natural medicine conferences, and currently works as the Medical Director for Gaia Herbs.