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Join us on our Facebook Discussion Group, Herbal Knowledge Keepers.

  • Regular updates on some of the highlights being added to the database.
  • Your questions answered
  • A place to share your experiences with plant medicine
  • Make suggestions for topics covered by the Herbal Knowledge Keeper’s show.
  • Much more… it’s THE place for community.

Botanicals and Your Bones – Herbal Knowledge Keepers

Herbalism through Space and Time, with Anne Merrill in Berlin

Hypothyroid & Hashimoto’s – Herbal Knowledge Keepers Episode 3

Dementia Covered on Herbal Knowledge Keepers

Medical Marijuana & Intro to Database (Herbal Knowledge Keepers)

The first episode of Herbal Knowledge Keepers is here! The first hour offers an introduction to the database. In the second hour we continue our exploration into medical marijuana, especially the shift towards legalization of medical marijuana with guest, Abbie Testaberg from Whole Plant Technologies.

Coming Soon! Weekly Live Broadcast

The database has grown into something like a “Google Earth” of the plant kingdom and healing. In building a community of healers around the this project, Shamana Deerwomon (a well-known internet broadcaster) came up with the idea of hosting a weekly internet show (initially on YouTube Live) to update folks on what’s new, explore existing regions and invite callers to ask questions. Viewers will watch to see how the database is used to answer these questions.

The show is called, “Herbal Knowledge Keepers”, scheduled for Friday at 3pm. Recordings will be posted here and in the database itself. The database is the product of many many researchers and practitioners, all searching for the best solutions to health problems and, especially, inspiration for living in wellness. It tells the story of humanity’s relationship with Nature.

Initially, the show will be recorded while Deerwomon and I experiment with the tech side of things. But it ought to be live by October at the latest.

I’ll be teaching a couple of classes at the upcoming Moonflower Herbfest at the end of October so we may wind up skipping a show.

I’m excited with the addition of a collaborator in this project, Melanie Lamb, who may join us for one of the first broadcasts. Melanie has an amazing story of being seriously damaged during a botched lumbar puncture. Failing to get the medical care she needed, nearing death, she took matters into her own hands and learned how to restore her health by natural means. She’s become an international figurehead for pain relief in such horrendous conditions as Arachinoiditis and as an advocate for patients. Learn more about her and her work here.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Pathophysiology

Understanding Disease Processes

In our effort to understand disease processes, both Western and Eastern energetic systems are valuable tools for herbalists. Why not add an understanding of pathophysiology?

While most of the disorders in the database include some information about their pathophysiology, it seems useful to devote an entire section to the subject.

There’s an instructor who does an entertaining job of presenting this medical training who goes by the name, “kinda alike” — that kinda caught my attention. This is a screenshot of the new pathophysiology section he inspired.

database pathophysiology section

All of these headings open up to reveal a video lecture, grab your popcorn. (Yes, popcorn is healthy, look it up). They are linked to other related categories in the database so you may expand your exploration. For example:

cell injury (opt)Cellular Injury

The basic premise is, in order to fix any condition, we must first repair the cells. As you see in the above screenshot, a handy review of cell structure and function gets us started. When you open 4 Pathophysiology – Cell Injury a few more topics come into view:

  • A separate section on Cellular Injury which, if you click on it, opens up to reveal links to these categories:
    • Cellular Detoxification
    • A series of lessons on Cellular Injury and Cancer
    • Necroptosis

Some of the videos and articles posted in the Cellular Injury category:

  • Causes of Cell Injury Oxygen Depletion
  • Irreversible Cell Injury and Death: Types and Causes
  • Other Causes of Cell Injury
  • The Causes and Significance of Cell Swelling
  • The Fluid Mosaic Model of the Cell Membrane
  • Types of Physical Injury to Cells

anemia hematologic functionAnemias

Many herbs are described as useful for anemia. However, do we know what KIND of anemia a person has? To deliver the best treatment, we need to know what’s causing it. Usually the first thing that comes to mind is an iron deficiency, so we offer iron-building herbs. That won’t help if the anemia results from other causes. For example, Pernicious Anemia is related to B12 deficiency. B12 deficiency can result from lack of intrinsic factor, altered ph in the small intestine, failure to absorb it in the illeum. So iron rich herbs aren’t of much use there.

When you click on Anemia (Pathophysiology) the view changes. Now you see it under a broad heading of Anemia, which is under Blood Disorders.

blood disorders, anemias

inflammation pathophysiologyInflammation

One of the first things we learn to recognize are signs of Heat and the anti-inflammatory herbs that bring down inflammation. Chronic inflammation is now understood to be a primary driver of most, if not all, diseases and isn’t as easily spotted (though it can be assumed).

So the database has devoted a lot of territory to inflammation. The pathophysiology section on inflammation will expand to reveal this view:

inflammation pathophysiology

cancer overview pathophysiologyCancer

Under Pathophysiology the Cancer Overview heading connects to our massive Cancer library where you can dig down into all of the various types of cancer, tumors, conventional and holistic treatments.

Officially Launched!

D'coda in wild carrot field

D’Coda, in a wild carrot field. Mother of the Herbal Database.

Our school has used this database for a few years, while it continued to grow. It’s become much too rich a resource to hide behind our walls so I decided to split it off into its own domain and simplify things for users who might get distracted with all the bells and whistles on our other sites.

At first I wasn’t going to add a blog, however, in the middle of the night I woke up with a startling idea…no one knows when I’ve added a new treasure. You may have already visited “rose” for example, and think you know what’s there. If I add some juicy new clinical studies after you visited, it may not occur to you to go back for another look. So why not create a blog to make sure you know about the new stuff!

I’m not sure yet how I’ll organize it, partly with some keywords in the title, partly through categories? For now, I’d suggest you subscribe to the newsletter updates. They’ll alert you to new blog entries.

Additionally, I’d love to partner with other schools of herbal medicine so their students also have access. Hence, the addition of a School Directory, for now it only has our school listed…do pass the word so we can build the Directory up.