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Drug-Nutrient-Botanical Interactions: The Interconnected Web of Healing with Bianca Garilli, ND, IFMCP

Botanical medicine (also referred to as plant medicine, phytotherapy, and herbalism) has been practiced by humans for thousands of years. Archaeologists describe the use of herbalism as far back as 60,000 years ago in Iraq and 8,000 years ago in China. Humans have always relied on plants for food, shelter, and more recently medicine, in a relationship that has proved valuable for survival since the beginning of time. However, the use of plants for their healing energetics requires a deeper understanding of the energies, chemical properties, synergistic effects, etc. of each botanical.

Hawthorn faculty member Dr. Bianca Garilli, ND, IFMCP joins us for her webinar presentation Drug-Nutrient-Botanical Interactions: The Interconnected Web of Healing.

This webinar touches on the deep history of plant medicine and explores its relationships with new-to-the scene pharmaceutical medications. The interactions between herbs and drugs can be both detrimental and advantageous depending on a variety of factors, particularly the combinations of herbs and drugs being utilized. Learn how herbs can support the use of pharmaceutical medications in the human body and which combinations should be used cautiously or avoided all together.

Learning Objectives:
• Review the ancient history of “plants as medicine”;
• Examine the biased elimination of botanical medicine from the Western medicine construct and more recently the resurgence of this healing modality into the modern health scene;
• Discuss the various ways botanical medicines are currently being introduced into US healthcare;
• Consider the various safety concerns regarding Drug-Botanical interactions; explore some of the most common scenarios and how to assess for safety;
• Examine the various ways in which botanical medicines can be helpful in Drug-Nutrient Depletion situations.

You will come away from this webinar with a new found appreciation for the rich history that botanical medicine can bring to your practice and your clients’ health while also gaining an understanding of the cautionary and wise use of herbs in various situations.

Dr. Bianca Garilli is a former US Marine turned Naturopathic Doctor. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Maryland and her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. Dr. Garilli has been on staff at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California Irvine (UCI) and volunteer clinical faculty at UCI medical center. She was the Director of Lifestyle Medicine at the Institute for Restorative Health in Davis, CA and in 2012 established her private practice in Northern California (NCCLM) which focuses on the prevention and treatment of chronic illness in all age groups through the effective use of natural and lifestyle medicine approaches. In addition to private practice, Dr. Garilli is a consultant for the Institute for Functional Medicine and for Metagenics; she is also a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Metagenics. One of her passions is teaching, as such she is a faculty member of Hawthorn University where she teaches various courses in the Masters of Holistic Nutrition program. She also loves to write and frequently publishes in various health-care journals and publications. Dr. Garilli is the current President and founding board member of the California Chapter of the Children’s Heart Foundation and sits on the National board for the Children’s Heart Foundation. She lives in beautiful Northern California with her husband, their two (very) active children, four backyard chickens, and a newly added dog. She loves to read, cook, garden and preserve fresh produce to enjoy year around.

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.