Mastering Herbs: Musculoskeletal Pain

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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Course Content

  • Mastering Herbs: Musculoskeletal Pain 3h 00min


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)

    1.5 CEUs total (up to 1.5 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    3 credits total (up to 3 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    3 CEUs total (up to 3 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    1.5 CPDs total (up to 1.5 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    3 CMEs total (up to 3 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

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

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    3 credits total (up to 3 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

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

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

    3 CEUs total (up to 3 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

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

    3 CEs total (up to 3 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

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

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

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

    3 contact hours total (up to 3 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    3 credits total (up to 3 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

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

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    3 CEs total (up to 3 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    3 hours total (up to 3 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
Course Reviews
No reviews yet!
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students' ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
Course Rating
{{item.date_human}} by {{}}
Verified Student

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access my course after I register?
All you need to do is go to your My Courses page and login! If it's your first time logging in, there are a few profile questions you'll be asked to fill out first.
How long will I have access to the course?
Can I retake the course after I have complete it?
How soon after I complete the course do I get my certificate?
What date will appear on my certificate?
Is the course live or pre-recorded?
30-Day Guarantee

This course includes:

  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Certificate of completion (PDF)
  • Certificate available immediately
  • CEs / PDAs as outlined
This course is intended for practitioners.