Natural Approaches to Major Mental Health Issues


Dates: Dec. 1 & 2
Instructor: Phyllis Light; Master Herbalist, Director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health
Fee: $250 non-refundable
Location: 12 Pelham Terrace, Arlington, MA 02476

Anti-depressant usage among Americans has increased over four hundred per cent within a recent ten year period. With so many Americans using psychotropic medications, it is imperative for herbalists to have an understanding of major mind/body disorders including ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder and various forms of depression and anxiety.

In this class, Phyllis will discuss how imbalances in methylation and neurotransmitter functioning as well as oxidative stress and pyrrole disorder contribute to emotional and spiritual dis-ease. She will also focus on herbal and nutritional protocols and lifestyle changes that can address these major disorders. She will describe how constitutional vulnerabilities can impact emotional health. Finally, she will describe how the liver, brain and nervous system work together to keep us healthy and balanced.

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Main herbs discussed: wood betony, valerian, passionflower, St. John’s wort, wild lettuce, hops, oatstraw, California poppy, nettles, mimosa and gingko. We’ll also look at blessed thistle, milk thistle, fo-ti, bupleurum, cascara sagrada, goldenrod, red clover, suma.