Herbal Foundations: Herbs & Nutrition for the Cardiovascular System

Herbal Foundations: Herbs & Nutrition for the Cardiovascular System

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Herbs & Nutrition for the Cardiovascular System

Herbal Foundations Certificate Course

Students can join for the weekend or sign up for a single day.

Please email your questions to: MidAtlanticSchoolofHerbalism@gmail.com

August 6th-7th, 10am-3pm

Our cardiovascular system is one of the main transport system of the body, moving blood, which carries nutrients and oxygen, to the tissues and removes waste. A healthy heart and circulatory system is said to be the secret of a long life. It is a fact that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of morbidity & mortality in the US, and thus we would consider the saying is absolutely true!

Saturday, August 6th

10am-12pm: Cardiovascular Physiology & Cardio Tonics

We will begin the class weekend with basic cardiovascular anatomy and physiology before jumping into the Materia Medica of flavonoid-rich Cardio Tonics such as Hawthorn, Bilberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Rose, Arjuna, and Cardio-Active herbs, Cactus grandifloris & Lily of the Valley. We will also cover strategies to protect your heart and cardiovascular system as you grow older.

1-3pm: Nutrition & Supplements for the Cardiovscular System

In the afternoon, we will look at Cardio-Diuretic herbs such as Dandelion leaf, Parsley, Celery, and herbs that support healthy cholesterol levels: Garlic, Artichoke, Guggal as well as supplements for heart health: Red Yeast Rice, Fish Oil, CoQ10, Niacin, and Magnesium, and heart healthy foods. We’ll also explore strategies to prevent or manage high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and atherosclerosis.

Sunday, August 7th

10am-12pm: Cardiovascular Materia Medica, Nervines, & Antioxidants

On Sunday morning, we’ll continue the theme of cardiovascular actions, exploring the Cardio-Nervines: Motherwort, Linden, Bugleweed, and Cardio Anti-Spasmodics and Anti-Oxidants: Khella, Olive Leaf, and Mistletoe, as well as using cardiovascular herbs energetically. The class will also cover include conditions such as cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), tachycardia or bradycardia (fast or slow heartbeat), and angina.

1-3pm: Cardiovascular Materia Medica, Vascular Tonics

To finish off the weekend, we will look at Circulatory Stimulants such as Prickly Ash, Ginkgo, Rosemary, Ginger, Cayenne, and Venous Tonics; Horse Chestnut, Butcher’s Broom, Stoneroot, and Buckwheat, as well as some topicals, specific for ‘venous congestion’. Conditions covered will include varicose veins, hemorrhoids, portal circulation issues. We’ll finish the day off with some ‘heart support’ recipes.

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Intrigued by herbs? The herbalists at Mid-Atlantic School of Herbalism (MASH) have a combined experience of using them for more than 100 years! We’d love to share our expertise with you. Come and join our Foundations of Herbalism Certification at MASH at our home at the Smile Herb Shop. This certification course is currently taught online via Zoom in executive format, one (1) weekend (Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-12 pm, 1-3 pm) each month (except August) with a follow –up study group webinar 1 ½ weeks after the weekend classes. Assignments and study between classes are required for certification. Classes are recorded so they can be made up if missed. Each weekend is $199, which includes class recordings, power points, handouts, study material and the follow-up webinar. Enrollment is on a rolling basis so you can join at any time.

The one-year program consisting of 11 months of study, leads to a Foundations of Herbalism Certificate. For those who are interested in clinical practice, students can continue on for a second year of study to gain a Professional Herbalism Certification. This advanced course also consists of 1 weekend a month, over a period of 11 months and concentrates on protocols and a clinical component. If both years are completed with accompanying assignments and case studies, students receive a Certificate of Advanced Therapeutic Herbalism or a Diploma of Clinical Therapeutic Herbalism (depending on clinic choices).

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