Richard Mandelbaum

Expanding Your Bioregional Materia Medica


13th International Herb Symposium ~ 2017

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) In this class we will present and discuss plants native, naturalized and commonly cultivated in North America, with a focus on the Northeast, yet seldom used by the majority of herbalists. Specifically we will discuss clinical uses for plants such as Prunella vulgaris (self-heal), Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle), Morus alba (mulberry), Paeonia alba (white peony), and Platycodon grandiflorus (balloon-flower). We will also discuss a few herbs increasingly used by North American herbalists but in a fashion often limited as compared to their traditional uses such as Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed) and Pueraria lobata (kudzu), as well as mushrooms familiar to many but under-used clinically including Trametes versicolor (turkey tail) and Lentinula edodes (shiitake). This class will be most useful for people already trained as herbalists. Some familiarity with principles of Chinese medicine will be helpful, but everyone is welcome.