Foundations of Botanical Medicine


Foundations of Botanical Medicine: The scientific and traditional uses of plant medicine

This package of 8 hours of recorded webinars is a collection of our best foundational botanical medicine webinars. They lay important groundwork for understanding the science behind plant constituents and provide an education which is difficult to obtain outside of an herbal medicine school. These outstanding herbal experts, Mary Bove, ND, Kevin Spelman, PhD, and Jillian Stansbury, ND  will review the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of specific plant constituents, which can then be applied to a broad range of botanicals. By achieving a firm grasp on the basics of phytochemistry, you will better understand how to use herbs in a clinical setting and create synergistic formulas. These presentations will provide a solid framework for learning more advanced botanical medicine concepts in future presentations.

Speaker Biographies

Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP

Kevin Spelman, PhD, MCPP is a scientist, clinician, educator, herbalist and writer. He has been the principal scientist for a major manufacturer of medicinal plant extracts, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, clinical chair for Tai Sophia Institute’s clinical herbal medicine program and a past Marie Curie Research Fellow in the European Union. In addition, he is an adjunct assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, an adjunct professor of botanical medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine, a faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies, and a distinguished lecturer at Maryland University of Integrated Health. He is also a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy in the United Kingdom.

Mary Bove, ND 

Mary Bove, ND obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. She also received a Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain and holds a membership in the National Health Institute of Medical Herbalists in London. Dr. Bove has her own private practice, where she specializes in natural obstetrics/gynecology and pediatric medicine. She is also trained in natural childbirth. Dr. Bove served as a full time faculty member at Bastyr University in the Department of Botanical Medicine.

Jillian Stansbury, ND

Jillian Stansbury, ND has practiced in Southwest Washington for over 25 years specializing in women’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. Dr. Stansbury is the former chair of the Botanical Medicine Program at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR and remains on the faculty teaching natural products chemistry, botanical influences on cell biology, ethnobotany field course, and other miscellaneous topics in herbal medicine. She writes for numerous professional journals, plus teaches around the country at a variety of medical and herbal conferences.  She frequently travels to Cusco and the Peruvian Amazon, studying South American plants and working with various tribes in the jungles of Manu and Iquitos.

Presentation Descriptions

Kevin Spelman, PhD   

1. The Need for Phytochemistry in Human Health (1 hour)

Dr. Spelman reviews the evolution of plants and their place in human life. He reviews the nutrient differences in foods, and presents a model for the role of phytochemistry in human health. He intertwines concepts of hormesis, allostasis, organ reserve and human evolution. Learn how phytochemicals are critical to human health. An excellent presentation to explain the science behind a healthy diet.

2. Ecological Pharmacology (1.5 hours)

Synergy is a mutually advantageous relationship that results in greater overall effectiveness. Humans and plants have been engaged in a synergistic relationship for so long that they have influenced each other’s evolution. Explore how plant compounds in foods and herbs interface with human systems and represent an essential and vital force in our health and wellbeing.

Mary Bove, ND 

1. Intro to Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine (1.5 hours) 

This introduction to botanical medicine includes terminology, definition of an herb, foundational concepts of botanical medicine, types of herbal preparations and major categories of herbs.

2. Herbs, Holism and Science: An Introduction to Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, and Pharmacokinetics (2 hours)

Dr. Bove reviews the basic phytochemistry of botanical medicine. She explains the foundational active plant constituents and metabolites that are necessary to understand when learning plant actions. She also reviews phytopharmacology including bioavailability and interactions.

Jillian Stansbury, ND  

1. Actions of Herbs (2 hours)

Jillian Stansbury, ND teaches the foundational actions of herbs. She gives the categories for the traditional actions of herbs, describes the physiological action, and highlights the most effective herbs in each category. Dr. Stansbury presents over 100 herbs that can be put into use immediately.