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Botanical Antivirals (Part Two) with David Crow, L.Ac.

When carefully used some of the strongest antiviral herbs (those that contain berberine and other alkaloids) can be as effective or more so than antiviral drugs, and in some cases are gaining recognition as being able to inhibit and eradicate multidrug resistance strains of microbes.

Hawthorn University welcomes back David Crow, L.Ac., who continues his Botanical Antivirals series with Part Two.

The first half of this webinar presentation will cover The Power of Bitter — Alkaloid-Based Botanicals With Antiviral Properties.

These herbs have broad-spectrum antimicrobial powers, and they can be targeted to specific organs, as needed, through herbal combinations. Because of their potency and possible adverse reactions if taken for too long or in higher dosages, these species are the most challenging to use clinically. Skillful formulation and consideration of the individual’s constitution and digestive power is required.

Learning Objectives:

• Secrets to combining immune-boosting and antiviral herbs — for holistic treatment and protection;
• How to safely use potent antiviral herbs;
• Emerging multidrug resistance and the use of antiviral herbs to support and potentize medications;
• Overview of the major viral species;
• Formulas for supporting detoxification from viral inflammation.

The last half of this presentation is Protecting the Lungs — Herbs & Essential Oils With Antiviral Powers for the Respiratory System.

There are numerous herbs and essential oils with antiviral powers that are used for treating respiratory infections. As with other categories of botanical antivirals, modern research is confirming what classical medicine has known for centuries, while also revealing the biological and cellular mechanisms responsible for their actions. Applying this knowledge for clinical level self-care is more relevant than ever for protecting ourselves from microbial contagion, lessening the severity of infections, and speeding the healing processes.

Learning Objectives:

• Emerging research of botanical species showing proven or potential powers against viruses, and how this can be applied for clinical-level self-care;
• The mechanisms of how essential oils work against viruses;
• Highly effective aromatherapy treatments for respiratory viral infections;
• How to create antiviral formulas for the respiratory system using herbs.

David Crow is an acupuncturist and herbalist with over thirty years experience. He is the author of several books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, a book about his studies of Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine in the Himalayas. A well-known lecturer in the field of natural medicine, Mr. Crow’s work is largely focused on the synthesis of botanical medicine, ecology and spirituality. He is the founder of Floracopeia, a company that supports ecologically sustainable agriculture through the production of essential oils and aromatic treasures. For more information about David or Floracopeia visit his website:

Disclaimer: The webinars may present information that does not fully reflect Hawthorn University’s philosophy. Nonetheless, these presentations have been chosen because of their overall quality of information.