On April 6-8, SCNM welcomed over 400 health professionals and students to the 20th annual Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine. Dr. Kenneth Proefrock, ND presented the pre-conference intensive discussing Naturopathic Approaches to Treating Patients with Substance Abuse and Addiction. Three field studies also took place on Friday, where participants gathered in wild desert habitats to learn medicinal plant identification, preparation and clinical use.
The main conference on Saturday and Sunday offered a variety of important topics including botanical therapies for cervical dysplasia, insulin resistance, SIBO, mood disorders in children, pain syndromes, natural management of surgery, lymphatic support, healthy aging, depression and anxiety, hepatitis and much more. Medicine-making demonstrations in the garden rounded out the program providing step-by-step instructions on a variety of botanical preparations including tinctures, syrups and oxymels. The SCNM garden was in full bloom and served to inspire as participants learned how to utilize plants growing in the desert environment.
Presentations this year were offered by herbal experts Paul Bergner, David Winston, Katie Stage, JoAnn Sanchez, Rhonda PalasDowney, Mimi Kamp, Phyllis Hogan, Jane Bothwell, Christopher Hobbs, Mary Rondeau, John Slattery, Jill Stansburry, Kenneth Proefrock, Chanchal Cabrera and Jeff Langland. The conference serves as a celebration of the use of botanical medicine for healing and wellness. Recordings of the lectures are available from www.botanicalmedicine.org.