Herbal Medicine: The Art of the Science
7th-8th July 2012
Riseholme Campus, University of Lincoln
Following our very successful first conference in 2011 we are pleased to announce the second herbal medicine conference to be held on the Riseholme Campus of the University of Lincoln. The conference is open for everyone with an interest in or involved with professional herbal medicine practice and education.
Water lilies are an important religious symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. They symbolize resurrection in both spiritual arenas because many of the lilies close their flowers at night and reopen in the morning at first sunlight. Buddhists regard the water lily as a symbol of enlightenment because of the beautiful bloom that emerges from the mud. They also consider the water lily a symbol of purity, spontaneous generation and divine birth.
Herbal medicine in the West has traditionally been eclectic, drawing upon the traditions and remedies of different cultural practices. The age of globalisation has accelerated this process of influence. Our pharmacies in recent years have seen considerable changes in the origin of our remedies, with the appearance of Ayurvedic, Chinese, Middle Eastern and South American herbs in particular. How does our use of these herbs reflect upon our practice? What can we learn from these other disciplines?
Many practitioners regard spirituality and healing as being important aspects of their work but how does this accord to herbal medicine theory and practice? How does the use of subtle influences in herbal medicine practice relate to our understanding of therapeutics in biomedical terms? What if anything is the relationship between the use of flower essences, vibrational healing and herbal tinctures?
What do we mean by constitutional treatment? How does this relate to functional medicine or endobiogenie? Can we benefit from advances in orthodox medicine, for example in the area of mental health?
Goethean plant science
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