American Herbalists Guild 24th Annual Symposium of Botanical Medicine, MASSAGE MagazineAsheville, N.C. Herbalists and people interested in herbalism, from around the world, will gather for the American Herbalists Guild’s 24th Annual Symposium, scheduled for Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2013.

The symposium will be held along the Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon, at The Riverhouse Hotel and Conference Center. The American Herbalists Guild (AHG) is North America’s largest professional association for those interested in herbal medicine. For more information about AHG or the symposium, visit www.americanherbalistsguild.com.

The annual symposium celebrates the vital and expanding role herbal medicine plays in modern health care. The American Herbalists Guild provides high-quality, botanical medicine education, bringing cutting-edge research and traditional practices to the forefront of herbal practitioners development. The information shared at these annual gatherings influence the way herbalists practice throughout the U.S.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating the Abundance in Herbalism,” offers expanded opportunity to join with leaders in the clinical, educational and business fields of herbalism. The conference features a schedule of more than 45 lectures, clinical case studies, discussions and herb walks. Speakers are a diverse panel of accomplished, senior clinical herbalists.

The keynote speaker, Kevin Spelman, Ph.D., M.C.P.P., R.H. (A.H.G.), is a respected scientist, clinician, educator, herbalist and writer. Spelman is 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.

Another exciting highlight of the symposium is an extensive pre-conference workshop, led by herbal industry experts devoted to bringing small herbal businesses into compliance with the FDA’s General Manufacturing Practices (GMP regulations).

The American Herbalists Guild was founded in 1989 as a nonprofit, educational organization to represent the goals and voices of herbalists specializing in the medicinal use of plants. Our primary goal is to promote a high level of professionalism and education in the study and practice of therapeutic herbalism.

For more information, contact us at ahg.symposium@gmail.com or (617) 520-4372.

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