Creating Herbal Formulas: Neurological Conditions

Creating Herbal Formulas: Neurological Conditions

What You'll Learn

  • Herbal approaches and formulas for a broad range of neurological conditions
  • Materia medica of herbs for neurological conditions with their specific indications
  • The effects of essential fatty acids on neurological diseases
  • Herbs with neuroprotective effects
  • How oxidative stress and nutrition impact neurodegenerative disorders


This course is a continuation of the Creating Herbal Formulas online course series with Dr. Jillian Stansbury. This course series roughly follows Dr. Stansbury’s Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals book series, which is a compilation of her 30+ years of practice and experience in using botanical medicine in clinical practice!

Dr. Stansbury is a wealth of botanical and naturopathic knowledge and wisdom. She has a unique way of blending scientific research, folkloric understanding, and clinical application into one cohesive learning experience! Dr. Stansbury’s brain is like an encyclopedia, yet she has the ability to make her knowledge readily accessible to her students.

This course, Creating Herbal Formulas: Neurological Conditions focuses on common issues in general family practice from neuralgia to neuropathy and everything in between. This presentation will review herbs with folkloric and historical use for neurological conditions, as well as review the modern research on molecular constituents and mechanisms of action.

Neurological Conditions: Formulas for Specific Systems (10 hours 30 minutes)

Dr. Stansbury explains the pathophysiology of different neurological conditions and overviews modern research on molecular constituents and mechanisms of actions for each herb presented.

She offers formulas for specific neurological conditions like:

  • Neuralgias
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • General Neuralgia
  • Trauma-Induced Neuralgia
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Heavy-Metal Neuropathy
  • Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure Disorders

Neurological Conditions: Materia Medica (4 hours)

In this portion of the course, Dr. Stansbury covers herbs helpful for neurological conditions, their applications, benefits, and other clinical pearls that she has learned over the years, including (but not limited to):

  • Aconitum napellus (Aconite)
  • Aloe vera
  • Apis mellifica
  • Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi)
  • Borago officinalis (Borage)
  • Celastrus paniculatus (Bittersweet)
  • Colchicum autumnal (Autumn Crocus)
  • Erigeron breviscapus (Fleabane)
  • Galanthus species (Snowdrop)
  • Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree)
  • Huperzia serrata (Chinese club moss, Qian Cengta)
  • Jasminum grandiflorum (Jasmine)
  • Magnolia officinalis (Magnolia)
  • Mucuna pruriens (Velvet Bean, Cowhage)
  • Nicotiana rustica (Wild Tobacco)
  • Onethera biennis (Evening Primrose)
  • Physostigma venosa (Calabar Bean)
  • Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
  • Schisandra chinensis (Five Flavor Fruit)
  • Tilia americana (Linden)
  • Tricosanthes tricuspidata (Chinese Cucumber)
  • Uncaria rhynchophylla (Cat’s Claw)
  • Vinca minor (Madagascar Periwinkle)

and many, many more…     

Course Content

  • Restless Leg Syndrome & Neuralgia 1h 23min
  • Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia 28min
  • Herpetic Neuralgia & Peripheral Neuropathy 2h 28min
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders 2h 10min
  • Parkinson’s Disease 1h 14min
  • Epilepsy and Seizural Disorders 1h 59min
  • Materia Medica 3h 54min


Dr Jillian Stansbury is a licensed naturopathic physician with 30 years experience, specializing in women’s health, fertility, PCOS, adrenal and thyroid disorders, and endocrine imbalances. She also treats immune and allergic disorders, and chronic disease including diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease, as well mental health disorders including anxiety and depression.

Dr Stansbury served as the Chair of the Botanical Medicine department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and remains on the faculty. Dr Stansbury enjoys keeping up with the latest research in natural products chemistry and sharing the developments with other health professionals, as well as delving deeply into traditional and folkloric wisdom on the uses of plants as foods and medicines. Dr Stansbury compiles her research and presents some 10-20 original research papers at medical conferences each year, and has published numerous scholarly articles and several books, including Herbs for Health and Healing, and PCOS Health and Nutritional Guide. She is the author of Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals - a comprehensive herbal formulary text based on her decades of research and clinical experience (published by Chelsea Green).

Dr Stansbury is also an ethnobotanist and has conducted field studies in the Peruvian Amazon for over a decade, living and studying with the Wachiperi, Matstigenka, Bora, and Yagua communities for many years, as well as studying Andean plants. She has created photo, video, and herbarium archives of the plants that she has learned and has published several books on this material as well, including Stung by the Rainbow, and the Mystical and Medicinal Plants of the Andes and Amazon. She leads ethnobotany field courses for nature, adventure, and plant enthusiasts in the Iquitos and Manu regions of the Peruvian Amazon each July 20-30, and winter holiday. Email Dr Stansbury for more information at [email protected].

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    7.25 CEUs total (up to 7.25 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    14.5 credits total (up to 14.5 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    14.5 CEUs total (up to 14.5 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    7.25 CPDs total (up to 7.25 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    14.5 CMEs total (up to 14.5 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    14.5 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    14.5 credits total (up to 14.5 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    14.5 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    14.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    14.5 CEUs total (up to 14.5 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    14.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    14.5 CEs total (up to 14.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    14.5 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    14.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    14.5 contact hours total (up to 14.5 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    14.5 credits total (up to 14.5 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    14.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    14.5 CEs total (up to 14.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    14.5 hours total (up to 14.5 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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