- Liver Herbs: Clinical Herbal Medicine Straight Talk 1h 30min
Liver Herbs: Clinical Herbal Medicine Straight Talk
When people speak of “liver herbs,” as though all herbs for the liver did the same thing, they confuse themselves and others in most cases. Here the major herbs that act on the liver and how they differ will be discussed in detail. Differentiating herbs that stimulate the liver (choleretics, bitters) and herbs that protect or stimulate regeneration of hepatocytes (trophorestoratives or liver tonics) will be most critically distinguished. The potential problems with liver stimulators will be compared to the near total lack of such problems with liver trophorestoratives. A preliminary comparison will be made to categories of kidney herbs, though details on these herbs will await part 2. Additionally, the difference between inherently hepatotoxic herbs and idiosyncratic hepatic toxicity will be clarified. Major herbs covered include Arctium lappa, Silybum marianum, Taraxacum officinale root, Berberis spp, Chelidonium majus, Chionanthus virginicus, and Chelone glabra.
- Differentiate herbs that stimulate the liver from those that protect it.
- Avoid causing problems by giving liver-stimulating herbs inappropriately.
- Avoid inherently hepatotoxic herbs in patients at risk, including in those on high risk hepatotoxic drugs.
- Detect idiosyncratic liver toxicity due to herbs clinically.
- Properly dose liver stimulating and protecting herbs in various forms.
Eric Yarnell, ND, RH(AHG) graduated from Bastyr University (Seattle, WA) in 1996, after which he completed a two-year residency with master herbalist and physician Silena Heron, RN, ND in Sedona, AZ. Dr. Yarnell served as chair of the department of botanical medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM; Tempe, AZ) where he also taught gastroenterology, urology/men's health, and pulmonology/sleep medicine. He has served as senior and associate editor of the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. He has been in private practice or supervising students since 1997. He is chief medical officer at Northwest Naturopathic Urology. He is a founding member and current president of the Botanical Medicine Academy (Seattle, WA), a specialty board for practitioners who use herbs.
Currently Dr. Yarnell is associate professor in the botanical medicine department at Bastyr University and adjunct faculty at SCNM. He is a co-founder and chief financial/operations office of Healing Mountain Publishing, Inc., a publisher of natural medicine textbooks for students and practitioners. He is also president of Heron Botanicals, Inc. an herbal pharmacy providing hand-crafted, whole plant extracts exclusively to health care providers.
Dr. Yarnell is author of numerous texts and articles including Natural Approach to Gastroenterology 2nd ed and the forthcoming Natural Approach to Urology and Men's Health 2nd ed. He is co-author of Clinical Botanical Medicine 2nd ed and the A-Z Guide to Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions. He is a contributing author for The Textbook of Natural Medicine 4th ed and Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine 2nd ed. He has lectured widely.
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