- Mastering Herbs: Pain Management in Cancer Care 2h 15min
Mastering Herbs: Pain Management in Cancer Care
While research on herbs for treating cancer has focused on tissue cultures and induction of apoptosis, this presentation will explore ways in which herbs, seaweed, and natural agents may deter metastasis and help mitigate pain. Whether the goal is to reduce the need for pain meds, provide recovery tools in patients with a good prognosis, or offer palliative end of life care, we will explore herbs specifically indicated for specific tissues, and specific types of pain. Based on folkloric materia medica, specific indications of herbal medicines, and Dr. Stansbury’s 30 years of clinical experience, this clinical presentation will offer effective formulas and treatment approaches to these common presenting complaints.
- Detail how berberine in Mahonia and other herbs may impact cancer pain and progression
- Detail how sulfated polysaccharides may impact cancer progression and be part of a pain management protocol
- Use purified Hyaluronic acid as part of a pain management protocol, and list what herbal medicines may support hyaluronic acid in the tissues
- Define the classic herb term “vulnerary” and list herbs have notable vulnerary activity and categorize the herbs most indicated for specific tissues
- Be able to use herbs topically as part of anodyne therapy for cancer
- Use Petasites in pain management protocols
- Use the “low dose”/”toxic” botanicals to treat pain as specifically indicated by folkloric traditions
- Be able to create finely tuned and individualized herbal formulas to best treat specific patient situations and presentations
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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