- Mastering Herbs: Musculoskeletal Pain 3h 00min
Mastering Herbs: Musculoskeletal Pain
While everyone may be familiar with the use of Curcuma and bromelain to help allay arthritic and musculoskeletal pain, this presentation will take an in depth look at the underlying issues that are associated with osteoporosis, degenerative joint disease, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. From leaky gut that may trigger autoimmune reactivity to factors that impair bone growth and regeneration, Dr Stansbury will detail the research on what impair connective tissue integrity in order to better understand how to create formulas to best correct these underlying triggers. We will explore how to prepare medicinal foods and beverages to help the body repair and regenerate connective tissue, joints, tendons, bones and ligaments, as well as review the research on individual herbs. Learn which herbs are our best antispasmodics, versus which herbs are our best anti-osteoporotics, and which herbs may build bone via mineral tonic versus hormonal effects. Learn why bisphosphonates may be better avoided and what we can use instead, and what herbs are immune modulating to attempt to halt autoimmune-driven destruction of musculoskeletal tissues. Receive guidance on timelines in which to expect to see improvements in different pathologies, and when we should create aggressive protocol with multi-pronged treatment protocols for difficult to treat conditions. Based on folkloric materia medica, specific indications of herbal medicines, and Dr. Stansbury’s 30 years of clinical experience, this clinical presentation will offer effective formulas and treatment approaches to these common presenting complaints.
- Explain why optimizing digestion, absorption, and elimination via the gut can impact musculoskeletal pain
- List what factors can lead to damage of intestinal barriers and contribute to musculoskeletal inflammation, and what natural and herbal agents can help repair these barriers
- Detail what herbs are most helpful for acute muscle spasms and their mechanisms of action
- Become familiar with the consequences of bisphosphonate drugs and why herbal alternatives are safer
- Become familiar with the consequences of hormone replacement therapy and why herbal alternatives may be safer alternatives
- Define Isoflavones and list some key individual molecular types
- Explain how and why isoflavones may be useful for in longer term protocols for managing the pain of osteoporosis and degenerative joint diseases
- Detail what are the most commonly treated musculoskeletal degenerative disorders and botanical treatment options
- List which herbs are our best sources of mineral to support bone and musculoskeletal degeneration
- Explain how isoflavone offer hormonal support for the joints and bones, and list herbs that offer such phytosterols
- Become familiar with the herbs that have had the most research for building bones and how they might be included in formulas for musculoskeletal pain
- Know how to make a high mineral vinegar and how such recipes can be used by patients
- Know how to make bone broth and why such recipes can be valuable components of an overall treatment protocol for degenerative joint diseases
- Explain why sulfated polysaccharides can be valuable to include in treatment protocols for musculoskeletal pain, and which seaweeds contain them
- Learn the TRP channels and what herbs may involve TRP mechanisms to palliate pain
- Become able to create finely tuned and individualized herbal formulas to best treat specific patient situations and presentations
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].