Mastering Herbs: Urinary Pain

Mastering Herbs: Urinary Pain


From bladder infections to renal calculi, urinary complaints are uncomfortable and can often be excruciating. This presentation offers formulas to manage the discomfort of UTIs, interstitial cystitis, and acute renal colic.  We will also cover prostatic diseases and discuss the emerging diagnosis of of Lower Urinary Epithelial Dysfunction and therapeutic options.  This presentation will examine the ways in which different herbs can elicit diuretic action to help provide background on choosing herbs specific to their mechanisms of action for a variety of urinary complaints.  The specific indications for many herbs will reviewed to help create unique and customized formulas for individual patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the difference between a hydrogogue and a renal depurant
  • Detail the various types of herbal diuretics and detail their mechanisms of action
  • Detail the most specifically indicated herbs for hermaturia, alumbinuria, tenesmus, and urinary infection based on folklore
  • Identify which herbs are most effective for renal colic
  • Identify which herbs can improve renal function and be considered to have a trophorestorative effect
  • Identify which herbs are considered to reduce hormonal stimulation of the prostate
  • Learn about “LUED” and what pathologies fall within this umbrella diagnostic category
  • Describe the pathophysiology of Interstitial Cystitis and what role GAGS molecules play
  • Learn why sulfur is important to the bladder and what sort of substances can offer sulfur for therapeutic effects
  • Prepare sophisticated and specific formulas that best address individual patients and their presentations
  • Prepare effective formulas to treat common presenting urinary symptoms
  • Differentiate specific herbs for different types of renal pain
  • Differentiate specific herbs for different types of restore renal function
  • Explain why renal impairment can be improved with circulatory enhancing herbs
  • Detail what herbs are indicated and contraindicated to treat neurogenic bladder
  • Detail what herbs are specific indicated for detrusor overactivity and bladder hypersensitivity
  • Identify when allergies should be suspected to contribute to urinary symptoms
  • What herbs are specifically indicated to treat mucosal hypersensitivity disorders
  • Treat UTIs and craft supportive and aggressive protocols when necessary
  • Create specific and fine-tuned formulas given individual symptoms and presentations

Course Content

  • Mastering Herbs: Urinary Pain 2h 45min


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)

    1.375 CEUs total (up to 1.375 CEUs Category B) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2.75 credits total (up to 2.75 credits Category A, up to 2.75 credits Category A - Prescribing) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    2.75 CEUs total (up to 2.75 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    2.75 hours total (up to 2.75 hours General, up to 2.75 hours Pharmacology) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    1.375 CPDs total (up to 1.375 CPDs Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    2.75 CMEs total (up to 2.75 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

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

    2.75 hours total (up to 2.75 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2.75 credits total (up to 2.75 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

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

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

    2.75 CEUs total (up to 2.75 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

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

    2.75 CEs total (up to 2.75 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

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

    2.75 hours total (up to 2.75 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    2.75 hours total (up to 2.75 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

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

    2.75 contact hours total (up to 2.75 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    2.75 hours total (up to 2.75 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    2.75 credits total (up to 2.75 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

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

    2.75 hours total (up to 2.75 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    2.75 CEs total (up to 2.75 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    2.75 hours total (up to 2.75 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:

  • 2.75 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.