About the Instructor
Sam has worked with herbs since 1987 and formally as a clinical herbalist for over 15 years. He served in the military for 10 years of which 6 were as a US Special Forces Medic (aka Green Beret Medic). He is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, a Wilderness EMT (WEMT), and a Wilderness First Responder instructor.
Sam is the founder of The Human Path/Herbal Medics Academy and co-founder of Herbal Medics which is the school's outreach organization that works with underserved communities.
His primary goal has become the creation of an integrative medical model that embraces both vitalistic and mechanistic aspects of herbalism into a collaboration with orthodox and energetic models of diagnosis and treatment, to include orthodox western medicine. To this end, he has created and co-created nearly 2000 hours of pathophysiology-based herbal medicine curriculum, and led hundreds of herbal clinics in remote, austere, post-disaster and underserved areas. Also as part of integrating orthodox medicine with plant medicine, Sam regularly works as an herbalist with, teaches with and instructs doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, nurses, and other licensed health care practitioners.
The respiratory course (one of the pathophysiology modules) is an in-depth study of the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory tract –from the standpoint of the clinical herbalist.
This 4-week, respiratory course is packed with information to introduce you to the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract as well as the physiology of disease when it occurs in the respiratory tract. How do we understand the respiratory tract from the viewpoint of herbal medicine, and what information do we need to know specifically as a clinical herbalist?
This class will delve into some of the most common disorders (symptoms and root causes) of the respiratory tract and will also present a materia medica (specific herbs) as well as preparation/administration of those herbs in order to most effectively help the body heal itself when facing these disease processes.
Some of the respiratory disease processes that will be studied include:
· Acute upper respiratory tract illness (colds, flu, strep throat, mono)
· Sinus infections (acute and chronic)
· Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) illness – Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema
· Lower respiratory disease (Pneumonia, Pleuritis, Sarcoidosis, Tuberculosis, Cystic Fibrosis)
Additionally, we will discuss lifestyle and nutritional needs for good respiratory health, and examine how to support the respiratory tract as a vital component to fitness and health.