Herbal Medicine Head to Toe–A Comprehensive Series on Herbs for the Systems of the Body

Join me this winter and spring 2013 for a series of classes on herbs for the various organ systems of the body. This will be a great series for those wishing to deepen their knowledge and practice of herbal medicine.  We will  explore some of the imbalances or disorders that may be encountered by the contemporary herbalist, learn a variety of remedies for different organ systems and learn to differentiate among them, using herbal energetics, tongue assessment and specific indications. The special emphasis of this series is on locally available, abundant plants.

Each class stands alone so that participants may pick and choose the classes that work for your schedule or most interest you.  A discounted rate is available for students wishing to register for the whole series.

Herbal Energetics–Making Sense of Patterns in the body.  Thursday, January 10th.

Holistic is not merely another word for natural. Traditional holistic medicine is concerned with the patterns  of health and disease manifested in individual bodies. These patterns are often called energetics and are described in various well-developed traditional medicine around the world.  In this workshop we will introduce (or review)the concepts of energetics. We will also discuss tongue assessment as a useful means to identify the patterns of health in an individual and the direction for treatment.  If you have ever wondered what it means to be hot, cold, damp or dry, this is the class for you.

Nervines–Herbs for Mind, Spirit and Psyche. Thursday, January 24th.

Herbal Medicine shines in the arena of mental health.  In this class we will explore the many locally available nervines to alleviate insomnia, anxiety, worry, panic attacks, obssessive thoughts, depression, tension related aches, pains, headaches and other symptoms.

Lymph/Immune  Thursday, February 7th.

The lymph system plays an important role in our immunity and overall health.  In the holistic tradition we also acknowledge that the lymph system plays a role in the health and appearance of our skin, the health of our breasts and our overall mood, emotional health and motivation level.  In this class we will address lymph symptoms and imbalances and the herbs that treat these important little glands.

Kidney/Urinary Tract Thursday, February 28th. 

We’ll start with urinary tract infections and then move onto more chronic problems like interstitial cystitis, gout, kidney stones, bedwetting, incontinence/prolapse and some high blood pressure related to kidney function.

Female Reproductive Part One: Hormones, Menstrual/Cyclical Concerns and Menopause  Thursday, March 7th

Our March class will cover the female endocrine system including common cyclical and menstrual complaints like PMS, cramps, bloating, and problems such as breast tenderness and pain, endometriosis and fibroids. We will also explore hormonal complaints related to aging and menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, flooding and hypothyroidism.

Female Reproductive: Pregnancy, Postpartum and Breastfeeding   Thursday, April 4th.

In this class we focus on childbearing, including pregnancy tonics for a healthy pregnancy, safety concerns in pregnancy, herbs for specific pregnancy discomforts, herbs that may be useful in labor. Then we turn our attention to the postpartum period including postpartum depression,  blood building after birth, tissue healing, colic and fussy babies, breastfeeding concerns including low milk supply, sore or cracked nipples, thrush in mom and baby and more.

Skin Thursday April 18th. 

During the skin class we will cover eczema, acne, psoriasis, hives, boils and fungal skin infections among other concerns.

GI Tract including Liver and Gallbladder Thursday, May 2nd.

Many people suffer from digestive ailments. We will cover constipation, Irritable Bowel Disorder, acid reflux, gallstones, food allergies, gallbladder migraines, blood sugar control and more. We will also explore the idea of the liver as the Master Organ in traditional Western Herbalism and take a close look at many of the alteratives so relied upon in Western Herbalism.

Respiratory Thursday, May 16th

We will look at these sensitive organs, the lungs and also the sinuses, throat and ears.  Some time will be spent addressing acute concerns like  upper respiratory infections, flu, whooping cough, ear infections, strep throat  and more. We will also  look at ongoing issues like asthma and seasonal/environmental allergies.

Herbs for the Cardiovascular System, Thursday,  May 30th

During the cardiovascular segment we will discuss high blood pressure, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, cholesterol and lots and lots of Hawthorn!

The Logistics

All classes will take place from 6:30-9 pm.  All classes will take place in St. Paul.

No supplies are necessary.  Extensive handouts will be provided by email.


Classes may be taken individually or as whole series. Individual classes are $25 each.  A discounted rate of $200 is available for those registering for the whole series.  Contact me by email at epiorier@mninter.net to register. Indicate the class(es) you are interested in.  Pre-payment is required.  Payment accepted is by check (Erin Piorier, 851 Dayton Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104 )or via paypal; click on the pay now button below to take you to paypal.

One Class: $25

Full Series: $200

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