Creating Herbal Formulas: Metabolic Disorders

Creating Herbal Formulas: Metabolic Disorders


This course is a continuation of the Creating Herbal Formulas online course series with Dr. Jillian Stansbury. This course series roughly follows Dr. Stansbury’s Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals book series, which is a compilation of her 30+ years of practice and experience in using botanical medicine in clinical practice!

Dr. Stansbury is a wealth of botanical and naturopathic knowledge and wisdom. She has a unique way of blending scientific research, folkloric understanding, and clinical application into one cohesive learning experience! Dr. Stansbury’s brain is like an encyclopedia, yet she has the ability to make her knowledge readily accessible to her students.

This course, Creating Herbal Formulas: Metabolic Disorders, focuses primarily on diabetes and metabolic syndrome and will teach you how to craft herbal formulas for improving basic metabolic function to help treat diabetes, hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome, and support weight loss.  This course includes formulation tutorials for common presentations in diabetic patients including frequent infections, neuropathy, renal disease, and increased risk factors for heart disease.  Creating Herbal Formulas: Metabolic Disorders also includes a detailed review of specific materia medica options and research on molecular mechanisms of action of selected herbs.

Prepare to nerd out to botanical goodness – because this course covers a lot!

Metabolic Disorders: Overview, History, and Introduction (30 mins)

In the beginning of the course, Dr. Stansbury provides an introduction and overview, as well as statistics, on obesity and metabolic syndrome. For example, did you know that in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 2.3 billion people were overweight with 700 million people being obese? #shocking

As you might expect, nutrition plays a critical role in metabolic disorders. And nutritional distress can put a major burden on the body and the liver, specifically. Dr. Stansbury offers some clinical pearls in working with children and adult patients who may be “picky eaters” and supporting them in making these really supportive lifestyle changes that sometimes can be really hard for your patients. Dr. Stansbury also teaches on intermittent fasting and its role in decreasing insulin resistance and decreasing oxidative stress.

Metabolic Disorders: The Role of Herbs + Medicinal Foods (1 hour 45 mins)

Dr. Stansbury then shifts to focus on the various actions and roles of herbs in metabolic disorders. She focuses on tissue protectant herbs, high mineral herbs, hypoglycemic agents, and insulin sensitizers. She also shares some of the latest in research demonstrating the potential of some herbs to actually regenerate the beta cells of the pancreas in animals. She shares those herbs and components.

How much do you know about inositol and its role in metabolic and even reproductive health? Do you know which foods are naturally high in inositol? You’ll find out with Dr. Stansbury!

Did you know that early research on Galega (Goat’s Rue) in the 1920s led to the development of the antidiabetic biguanide drugs (like Metformin)? And that Galega has a similar action without nearly as many negative side effects as biguanide drugs? Dr. Stansbury teaches you about Galega, how it works, its main components, and other clinical pearls!

Have you ever seen Stevia or Monk Fruit on a nutrition label and wondered if it was a healthy ingredient? Dr. Stansbury address both of these non-caloric sweeteners in this course!

Other things covered in this part of the course include berberine in Oregon Grape and silymarin in Milk Thistle, fiber, gut health, fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), and more!!

Dr. Stansbury also shares the following example herbal formulations and recipes helping make the information provided more practical: High Chromium Summer Herbal Tea for Metabolic Support, Herbal Formula for Diabetic Retinopathy, Tincture For Chronic Infections In Diabetics, Daily Tea Formula for Diabetes and Obesity, Flor de Jamaica Tea, and Sugar-Free Hibiscus Syrup.

Metabolic Disorders: Materia Medica Review (60 mins)

Now, for a Materia Medica review! [drum roll, please!]

In this part of the course, Dr. Stansbury covers the following herbs, their applications, benefits, and other clinical pearls that she has learned over the years:

  • Medicago (Alfalfa)
  • Vaccinium spp.
  • Smallanthus sonchifolius (Yacon)
  • Gymnema sylvestre (Gurmar)
  • Opuntia (Prickly Pear Cactus)
  • Stevia rebaudiana (Stevia)
  • Allium cepa (Onion)
  • Astragalus membranaceus (Milk Vetch)
  • Mahonia spp. (Oregon Grape)
  • Ceratonia siliqua (Carob)
  • Cinnamomum verum (Cinnamon)
  • Cocos nucifera (Coconut)
  • Coleus forskohlii (Coleus)
  • Cynara scolymus (Artichoke)
  • Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel)
  • Galega officinalis (Goat’s Rue)
  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice)
  • Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus)
  • Hypericum perforatum (St. Johnswort)
  • Lepidium meyenii (Maca)
  • Momordica charantia (Bitter Melon)
  • Nigella sativa (Black Cumin)
  • Panax ginseng (Ginseng)
  • Plantago spp. (Psyllium)
  • Pueraria montana var. lobata (Kudzu)
  • Punica granatum (Pomegranate)
  • Trigonella foenum-graecum (Fenugreek)
  • Zingiber officinale (Ginger)

What You’ll Learn

  • The “Deadly Quartet” of Metabolic Syndrome
  • The herbs and medicinal foods that are useful for metabolic disorders
  • Example herbal formulations, including teas, that Dr. Stansbury uses with her own patients
  • How to craft herbal formulas of your own for improving basic metabolic functions to help treat diabetes, hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome, and support weight loss based on the individualized needs of your own patients
  • Which foods are high in inositol and other key compounds and why and when you might want to use them with your own patients
  • How to help reduce insulin resistance using herbs, intermittent fasting, and medicinal foods
  • How to use herbs to protect the vasculature in cases of metabolic syndrome
  • Why alkali minerals support renal clearance of metabolic waste, which herbs are high in alkali minerals, and how to use them in herbal formulations
  • What “AGEs” (Advanced Glycation End Products) are and how such compounds contribute to tissue damage in metabolic insufficiency, as well as give examples of ways to reduce their accumulation
  • How to detail the specific indications of niche herbs important to the treatment of metabolic disorders, including diabetes.

This Course Is For You If You

  • Are in primary care, work in a general practice, or have patients with a metabolic disorder, or
  • Are a naturopathic doctor, herbalist, or other natural medicine practitioner who uses herbs and wants to learn more about botanical medicine interventions for diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

What’s Included With Your Purchase

✔ Instant course access
✔ Lifetime course access
✔ 24/7 online access to course
✔ PDF of course slides
✔ PDF of certificate of completion
✔ Certificate of completion available immediately upon finishing the course
✔ CEs / PDAs as outlined below

Course Content

  • Creating Herbal Formulas: Metabolic Disorders 3h 15min


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].

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