Herbal Medicine Head to Toe– A Comprehensive Series of Workshops on the Organ Systems

Join me  for a series of intermediate/advanced 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 materia medica presented in this series will be almost exclusively locally available, abundant plants.

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Herbal Energetics–Making Sense of Patterns in the body.  Tuesday, November 20th.

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. Tuesday, December 18th.

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  Tuesday, January 8th .

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 this sytem.

Kidney/Urinary Tract Tuesday, January 22nd. 

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: Pregnancy, Postpartum and Breastfeeding.  Tuesday, February 5th.

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 and tissue  breastfeeding concerns including low milk supply, sore or cracked nipples, thrush in mom. Time permitting we may also cover newborn issues like colic, reflux, fussy baby, cord healing and thrush in the infant.

Female Reproductive Hormones, Menstrual/Cyclical Concerns and Menopause  Tuesday, February 19th.

This 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.

Skin Tuesday, March 5th. 

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, Tuesday, March 19th .

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 Tuesday, April 9th.

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, Tuesday, April 23rd

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

Make-up Dates: In the event of terrible weather, or if I am at a birth or need to reschedule for other unforeseen reasons, make up dates are April 30th and May 7th.

The Logistics

All classes will take place from 6:30-9 pm.  All classes will take place in St. Paul at my office. Details emailed upon receipt of registration.

Some prior herbal education or self-study is recommended.

No supplies are necessary.  Extensive handouts and supplemental readings will be provided by digitally.

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.  Registration is closed.

Registration $375.00

Repeat Student Discount: $300

If you have taken my Herbalism Head to Toe series, Women’s Health Series or Medicinal Trees and Shrubs series (any year) your rate is $300.  Please note that the first workshop, Herbal Energetics, Making Sense of Patterns in the Body will be a review lesson for repeat students and you are welcome to attend or skip.




    1. Hi Sharon, Sorry, this comment slipped by me and I am late in responding. The class is held at my office in the Selby/Dale area of Saint Paul.

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