Speakers and Course Info

Our world-class lineup of presenters will provide you with an engaging experience and prepare you to take your clinical practice to the next level of excellence.


Mazin Al-Khafaji

"Introduction to Dermatology in Chinese Medicine"

The fundamental principles of treating the commonest skin diseases will be presented using many case examples with photographic slides from Mazin’s own practice. The presentation includes an in-depth description with slides of all primary and secondary lesions of the skin, and their meaning and significance in Chinese Medicine. Time will be devoted to the details of examination of the skin including significance of distribution, configuration and morphology. Many examples of real cases from Mazin’s practice will be presented which serve as a foundation to understand skin disease and the essential concepts required to accurately diagnose diseases and patterns, and to learn how to construct effective formulae.


Mazin Al-Khafaji Doctor of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China); FRCHM (Fellow of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine); founder of Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine.

Mazin is recognised as one of the leading experts in TCM and Modern Chinese Medicine in the world.

He has  treated unusual and difficult diseases with great success for the last 27 years, and has a particular interest in skin, auto-immune & allergic and inflammatory disease.

Mazin started his studies in Chinese medicine and the Chinese language in 1979. He graduated as an acupuncturist in the UK in 1983 and then continued his studies in China where he was awarded the first Sino-British scholarship to study medicine alongside Chinese students. He graduated from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai in 1987 as Doctor of Chinese Medicine.

Since his return from China in 1987, he has taught his inimitable style and unusual approach to Chinese medicine to a new generation of herbal practitioners worldwide, and he is respected  as one of the most inspirational  teachers and clinicians of his time.

At his multi-disciplinarian clinic he offers a mentoring scheme for doctors and upcoming practitioners, and conducts research into the specific effects of certain herbs. He is an authority on toxicity of herbs and authentication of herbs, and often cooperates with experts in the field at Kew Gardens.

He regularly runs postgraduate Master classes and a Dermatology Diploma Course which attract students from allover the world, and speaks at conferences in the U.K, Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.

He runs Avicenna Dispensary, the unique TCM pharmacy which now attracts professional praise and visitors from allover the world, and makes his own range of skin creams and ointments to complement his practice.

He continuously contributes to professional publications, is co-author of the international textbook on Chinese medicine (Manual of Acupuncture) and is currently writing a book on dermatology in Chinese medicine.

For additional information about Mazin Al-Khafaji and his amazing work, please visit his website at:

Roger Jahnke

Mind-Body Energetics: Qigong and Tai Chi in the Clinical Setting

Qigong, Tai Chi, meditation have been the wellness program of Chinese medicine - Yang Sheng -  from earlier than written history. We now know that these mind–body practices are having a significant influence on genomics (telemeters and cell replication), epigenetics (habits and environments) and neuro science (brain plasticity). That is impressive! It is thought that many of the earliest discoveries in Chinese medicine were made by physicians who were Qi Cultivators who had extraordinary capacity to penetrate into the mysterious realm of Qi. 

Three amazing opportunities: 1. Many people come to their doctor of Oriental Medicine because they are practicing Qigong or Tai Chi and want to have medicine that is aligned with their ideals. Qigong and Tai Chi are a gateway to Chinese medicine, as are Yoga and meditation. 2. Qigong is a perfect methodology for practitioners of Chinese medicine to practice for themselves. Amazingly, it can be done while the practitioner is administering treatment. 3. Practitioners can weave Qigong into the treatment experience with no extra effort and no extra time. 

It is remarkable what Qigong contributes to the patients and the doctors and even to the community. Dr Jahnke will explore these rich aspects of Chinese medicine and health promotion, that most practitioners neglect. Participants will be able to use what they are learn their very next clinic day.


Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD is researcher, author, and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with 40 years of clinical practice and 9 research pilgrimages to China to study its healing traditions. He is Director and Lead Trainer of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) and Board President and co-founder of The Healer Within Foundation.

Dr. Jahnke’s book The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine is used in Mind-Body training programs worldwide, and The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi, is a classic in the western literature on Qigong and Tai Chi. Dr. Jahnke edited and translated the clinical chapters for Chinese Medical Qigong, the first English translation of the only official textbook of medical Qigong, used in colleges and universities of Traditional Chinese medicine in China. 

With almost 30 years of clinical practice as a physician of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and eight research tours to China, Dr. Jahnke has emerged as a key spokesperson for Tai Chi  (Taiji) and Qigong(Chi Kung) and is a master teacher of these arts. He has studied hundreds of forms of Qigong with master teachers and visited numerous hospitals, institutes, training centers, temples, and sacred sites in China, focusing on the cultivation of Qi (Chi).

Dr. Jahnke has presented at major conferences on advances in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) throughout the United States. He has lectured on self-healing and emerging trends in health care and medicine to numerous hospital systems and health care associations, including the HealthCare Forum; the Catholic Health Association; the American Medical Association; the National Wellness Institute, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributing author to numerous books on health promotion methodologies for both clinical providers and health care administrators.

To explore more about Dr. Roger Jahnke and his mastery of Qigong, please visit his website at:

KP Khalsa

Ayurvedic Herbs for Chinese Medicine Practitioners

This presentation explores the enduring features of humanity's longest and continually practiced systems of medicine. These two indigenous healing arts communed and exchanged experience, techniques, and therapeutic substances over the epochs of their development. This class makes a pioneer effort in examining side by side two great systems of medicine, studying closely the historical, theoretical and practical relationships. Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda are great, complete systems of healing, each unto itself. Sometimes, though, one system has a little something to add to the other. Whether it’s a new herb to add to the repertoire, or a different slant on differential diagnosis, we can learn from each other. We will compare concepts of five element theory, humors and energy flow.

We will review key herbs and techniques from both systems and highlight methods from each system that add power to the other. If you know Chinese Medicine, you know 90% of Ayurveda theory! Ayurveda is a treasure trove of exceptional herbal remedies. In this wide-ranging class, we will discuss a selection of outstanding examples. We will cover a few old standbys, and uncover some hidden gems. Our focus will be on practical clinical uses, and we will look at some little known applications. Students, from beginning level to hoary practitioners, will capture clinical pearls they can use the next day in clinic. 


Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM, has over 40 years of experience in holistic medicine, and is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. Khalsa is President Emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer.

Mr. Khalsa personally trained with Ayurvedic master Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. He is nationally credentialed to teach herbalism, yoga and bodywork, including Ayurvedic massage and spa techniques.  Khalsa is one of the first nationally certified instructors of Kundalini yoga in the United States. He also holds the highest qualification level of registered yoga teacher, 500 level, and was one of the first to achieve this credential.

Khalsa is the founder of the International Integrative Education Institute. Its divisions, The Herbalists College and the Ayurveda College, offer post-secondary curricula to train professional herbalists around the U.S.

Khalsa is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a founding faculty in the Ayurvedic Sciences program at Bastyr University, and a faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department at the National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students, and teaches Ayurveda. Khalsa is also the Botanical Division Director at the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda.

Mr. Khalsa’s interest in natural healing techniques developed because, as a child growing up in Oregon, he had a rare, serious disorder, and several serious illnesses. As a young adult, he studied a wide spectrum of physical and mental healthcare therapies from all over the world, and was successfully healed. He focused especially on Ayurvedic medicine and on the therapeutic value of yoga, meditation, and other studies of consciousness.

Today Mr. Khalsa’s approach to holistic healing is very eclectic. His work is focused on herbalism, the medical and therapeutic value of Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, meditation and other holistic therapies. He lives with his family in Eugene, Oregon.

For more insight about KP Khalsa and his extraordinary services, please visit is website at:

Rosita Arvigo

Women's Health and Wellness:  The Maya Way

Women’s health care, the Maya way, is rich in traditional healing, incorporating Maya abdominal massage, herbal remedies, vaginal steam or (ba’joes), emotional and spiritual healing.  Don Elijio Panti, one of the last traditional healer/shaman from Belize believed that a woman’s uterus was her center, “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she.  Ch’ulel emanates from the uterus which is the seat of creation. This workshop will provide an overview of this holistic approach to women’s health care – it is not a “hands on workshop”.


Rosita Arvigo, Doctor of Naprapathy, ethnobotanist, spiritual healer, author of six books on traditional healing of Central America, co-founder of The Belize Ethnobotany Project with Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden , international speaker, founder of Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre in Belize, founder of the Rainforest Medicine Trail, Terra Nova Medicinal Plant Reserve, children’s Bush Medicine Summer Camp in Belize, thirteen-year apprentice to the one of the last Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti, recipient of The Earth Award, 2007, founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and courses in Maya Spiritual Healing.

The Quest for the Treasure of the Belize Rainforest is Rosita Arvigo’s magnificent obsession. She believes that if she could locate and train with a natural healer trained in the old ways, she could begin to unlock the knowledge that would help people the world over regain their health. Like most great adventures this is easier said than done and often takes half a lifetime.

Rosita’s healing career began in the USA where she became a Doctor of Naprapathy; this is a science of bodywork similar to Chiropractic manipulation. In the 70’s she went to Mexico and studied with traditional healers and enjoyed learning to work with potters for relaxation. In 1981 she went to Belize, Central America and searched for a “h’men” (one who knows). The h’men is the doctor-priest/priestess who has the ability to heal in both the physical and spiritual realms. After some time of not finding a healing mentor she was almost ready to give up when she met Don Elijio Panti, believed to be the last of the great “h’men” trained in the ancient knowledge.

Dr. Arvigo has lived among the Maya in Central America for the past forty years. For thirteen years she apprenticed to the most famous Maya shaman-healer, Don Elijio Panti, the renowned Mayan Shaman of Belize. Not only has Rosita’s life’s work kept Maya medicine alive, but she has been instrumental in cataloging and preserving thousands of healing plants and trees of Belize through her work with Dr. Michael Balick of The New York Botanical Garden and the Belize Ethnobotany Project which ran from 1987-1996. She directs the Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation and is the founder of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.  Her most recent books include: her novel “The Oracle of IxChel” and co-authored with Michael Balik; “Messages of the Gods”.

To discover more about the incedible work of Rosita Arvigo, please visit her website at:

Will Morris

Saturday, May 7th, 2016


Total Requested: 5.5 AOM-BIO

10:15 am – noon

Description: This section introduces the pulse shapes and techniques for the Eight Extraordinary Vessels. Physiological and traditional functions are addressed.

1.75 AOM-BIO

1:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Description: Safety and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels relative to the treatment of trauma are discussed. Practicum for identifying the related pulses is conducted.

1.75 AOM- BIO

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Description: This section introduces the profection as a tool for treating conditions with a traumatic etiology. Creating a safe container for the work is discussed. Then demonstration and guided practice are conducted.  


















Will Morris, PhD, DAOM, LAc is a transformative leader both in education and in the profession. He was instrumental in the founding of a single national professional association, now the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). He earned accreditation approval for two doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), and organized two Institutional Review Boards while serving as consultant to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles IRB.   

As president of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, he led the institution to regional accreditation with SACS and to the acquisition of its own property. As an author and educator, he writes a bimonthly column in Acupuncture Today, he routinely contributes articles to American Acupuncturist, and he has written several books, including  Path of the Pulse, Chinese Medicine and Transformation, and Li Shi-zhen Pulse Studies, an Illustrated Guide.

Will’s background includes an OMD from SAMRA, the DAOM from Emperor’s College, a PhD in Transformative Studies from CIIS, and an MSEd in Medical Education from USC. He has focused on study in three different family lineages of Chinese medicine (Ding, Gu, and Yang). He considers the most important studies in his career to be his eight-year mentorship under Drs. Shen and Hammer in the Menghe through the Ding family lineage of internal medicine. Morris also spent five years studying under Neiqiang Gu in the Gu family external medicine lineage.

With thirty years of scholarly and clinical focus on pulse diagnosis, his current work involves a synthesis of standard, family, and classical systems of pulse diagnosis. In addition to leading the institution, Morris periodically instructs special seminars in pulse diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, personal transformation, and leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Will Morris and his interesting work, please visit:

Yongxin Fan

Neck and Shoulder Pain with Tuina and Acupuncture

Efficiently relieve pain syndromes of the neck, shoulder and related areas with integrated Tuina and Acupuncture therapy.  Attendees will learn to identify the muscle and skeletal structures of the neck and shoulder, as well as become better acquainted with the kinesiology and pain mechanisms from which so many patients suffer.  Dr. Fan will guide you on how to construct the most appropriate Tuina and Acupuncture regiment that’s sure to give pain relief and improve range of motion.    


Yongxin Fan, LAc, MD (China) is an accomplished instructor of traditional Chinese tuina. He practiced and taught as an attending medical doctor and instructor at the Acupuncture Institute at the Chinese National Academy of TCM and at the Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center. A member of AOBTA, Yongxin Fan has lectured and worked as a visiting professor in Holland, Germany, and Japan. He has more than 16 years of clinical experience and his research has been published in the National Journal of TCM.

He specializes in applying an integrated therapy consisting of acupuncture, herbs, and tuina to treat various pain syndromes, including acute and chronic articulation and muscle injury lumbago, recovery from fractures, and headaches.  Such integrative treatment is a hallmark of his approach to common ailments such as stress, allergies, insomnia, and gastrointestinal disorders. Fan has been on the faculty at AOMA since 2002.

Research Areas:
Pain; soft tissue injury; musculoskeletal and degenerative joint disorders

Excellence in Teaching Award – International Acupuncture Training Center, Beijing, China

Dongxin Ma

Treatment of Women’s Infertility and Skin Diseases

Introduction to Dr. Ma’s experiences on the Chinese herbal treatment of woman’s infertility and skin diseases, and introduce why put infertility and skin care together, and will include discussion of his master Wang Mianzhi’s unique understanding of the physiology of woman, and introduce the “Wang Dao” theory---how to treat woman’s diseases in a harmonious way, and how to apply herbal treatment according to the different phase of menstrual period.  

Dr. Ma will also present some interesting clinical findings---how woman patients got better skin and better complexion, and the cellulite is gone while treating infertility.  


Dongxin Ma, LAc, PhD, MD (China)

Dr. Ma’s scholarly preparation for his entry into the profession is noteworthy.  Ma studied under Professor Mianzhi Wang, a renowned 19th generation Chinese medicine expert who specialized in Chinese herbal formulas. As an educator and clinical expert in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology, Ma has published numerous research papers and books, and he has participated as a presenter in several international conferences in the field. Ma practiced Oriental medicine and taught foreign students in China and Sweden for more than eight years before coming to the United States.  He has been an AOMA faculty member since 1999.

Galina V. Roofener

TCM Herbal Practice Safety Standards & Medical Errors Prevention Guidelines:
Cleveland Clinic Model

The future of our medicine is integration. To become an essential part of an integrative medical practice we must know and adhere to the safety standards of conventional

This class will teach you to: Navigate the legalities and logistics of initiating and successfully practicing traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic at a hospital or a private practice. Learn hospital standards for record keeping and reporting of herbal side effects. Enhance your communication skill with western health care practitioners. Understand requirements to herbal prescription writing to prevent medical errors. Protect your practice by implementing proper communication with a patient


Galina V. Roofener is a Nationally Board Certified, Ohio & Florida States Licensed Acupuncturist and practices Oriental medicine.

Galina serves on the State Medical Board of Ohio’s Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Advisory Panel on the subject of Chinese herbs and other modalities of Oriental Medicine. She is a member of the Hospital-Based Practice Task Force Committee advisory panel for the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Currently, Galina works for the Cleveland Clinic as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Cleveland Clinic was one of the first to open a hospital-based herbal clinic in the U.S.  She has over 25 years of experience in health care.

Galina is actively pursuing her Doctorate in Oriental Medicine. Galina received her Oriental Medicine degree from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL; Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Trinity College of Natural Health in Warsaw, IL; Nursing degree from Medical College #3 in St. Petersburg, Russia; and studied towards Bachelor of Art of Education in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

Galina has a great passion for teaching. Presently, she is an NCCAOM-approved continuing education provider and talks at many conferences. In the past, she served as an Instructor of Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology at different schools in the U.S. In 2006, she was awarded Top Performing Educator of Aveda Institutes. She held a faculty position at Klaipeda University in Lithuania.

Kirsten Karchmer and Rob Krassowski

Beyond Infertility: New Strategies for Improving Precision Diagnosis and Prescribing for Women

Women make up nearly 75% of every acupuncture practice.  Too often, practitioners only evaluate menstrual conditions when women struggle to get pregnant or bring up menstrual difficulties as a primary complaint.  The menstrual cycle is an underutilized but vital diagnostic tool that can improve constitutional diagnosis and lead to better, more effective prescriptions and treatment outcomes.  In this highly interactive class, Kirsten Karchmer, former President of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, and Rob Krassowski, ABORM Fellow, discuss unique strategies for improving diagnostic and treatment strategies for all your female patients.  Participants will leave with tools they can start using with a high degree of confidence immediately. 

Kirsten Karchmer, LAc

President of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM®) and a board-certified reproductive acupuncturist, Ms. Karchmer is considered an expert in the treatment of infertility, gynecology and womens' health issues with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Kirsten has served on the faculty of the nationally acclaimed Academy of Oriental Medicine as a clinical supervisor and lecturer, and she one of the nation's foremost experts in the field of Reproductive Acupuncture.  She has spent the last 13 years researching and pioneering the application of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the area of recurrent pregnancy loss and has helped countless women achieve happy, healthy, successful pregnancies. 

A sought after lecturer and consultant to many other acupuncturist on the subject of infertility, Kirsten acts as an experienced and inspiring mentor for her team at TCRA. She has appeared as an authority on acupuncture and IVF in numerous local and national news pieces including, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, and Yahoo. In addition to growing a dynamic reproductive acupuncture practice, Kirsten remains a very loving and active mother to her two children. 

Kirsten Karchmer holds a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine, and has been board-certified in Acupuncture and Clinical Herbal Medicine by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). She is a professional member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM®) and RESOLVE. Ms.Karchmer is licensed by The Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.



Rob Krassowski, DAOM, LAc

Rob believes in the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in a modern, evidence-informed environment. With a background in academic research and advanced clinical training in modern hospital and clinical settings, he understands the importance of fully integrated medical treatment. Rob’s practice style focuses on well-rounded patient care utilizing traditional modalities in conjunction with an understanding of the rapidly changing and advancing world of modern medical science.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, Rob went on to earn his Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, the nation’s largest university for natural health sciences. After graduation, Rob received advanced training in TCM internal medicine and gynecology at the prestigious Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, PRC. He has since continued his training in China, completing another course of clinical internships in oncology at Shanghai University of TCM and the Szechuan Integrated TCM Western Hospital in Chengdu, PRC.

In order to further his skills as a practitioner and leader in his profession, Rob returned to Bastyr University and completed a rare terminal degree in his field, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). Additionally, Rob is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, making him a board certified specialist in the areas of reproduction, infertility, and pregnancy.

Song Luo

Three Talent Acupuncture Technique and Ancient Classical Chinese Herbs for the Rehabilitation of Pediatric Stroke

Acute pediatric strokes need urgent care.  Many parents are unaware of the many benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for the rehabilitation of pediatric stroke victims.  When is the best time to bring a child who has suffered from a stroke to see an acupuncturist?  How do practitioners treat children effectively and safely?  In this seminar, Dr. Song Luo will share his vast experience and knowledge to answer these questions from the perspectives of both Chinese Medicine and biomedicine.  

Dr. Song Luo will share precious herbal formulas from the Tang and Song Dynasties and the "Three-Talent" Acupuncture treatment will be introduced.  This class will have a demonstration portion as well as didactic learning.  


Dr. Song Luo, LAc, is an acupuncturist with and M.D. and Ph.D in China specializing in strokes.  He is a professor at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin.  Dr. Luo received is M.D. in 1993 and Ph.D in 2003 from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Meanwhile, he received Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate after passing all the American physician exams.  

Before coming to the US, Dr. Luo was an acupuncturist and neurologist at Sichuan State People's Hospital, which served 4300 patients every day, for twelve years.  In this hospital, there was a top ranked neurology center where Dr. Luo was able to integrate acupuncture and biomedicine to best serve his stroke patients. During those twelve years, Dr. Luo used acupuncture and Chinese herbs to treat patients suffering from storkes, dementia, multiple sclerosis, peripheral nerve disease, as well as other neurological disorders.  Dr. Luo was awarded the "Top Ten Physicians Award" in this hospital and was invited to the ICU to treat patients suffering from acute strokes.  His experience at Sichuan State People's Hospital gave Dr. Luo an abundance of experiences and knowledge that he draws from to teach his students and treat his patients.  

Here in the United States, Dr. Luo teaches classes and supervises student interns at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine.  He also supervises student interns at Seton Medical Center Williamson and Seton Topfer Clinic where he received a "Clinical Award" from AOMA.  

In 2009 and 2012, Dr. Luo was invited by UNESCO and UNAIDS to Africa and Mexico to present his academic papers on treatments for stroke patients in Africa.  


David Winston

"The Ten Tastes: The Energetics of Herbs"

In virtually every traditional system of medicine including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kampo, Unanni-tibb, Ayurveda, Tibetan medicine, etc, there are two important components that help separate it from a simple collection of folk remedies. The two foundations of traditional medical practice are a system of constitutional energetics (hot, cold, damp, dry, excess, deficient, etc) and a method of classifying herbs as to their energetic effect on the body.  In most systems the taste of  the herb is the most effective and easiest way to accomplish this.  

For 40 years, David has studied the world's great systems of medicine and found ways to simplify these challenging and often difficult to grasp concepts into a concise, easy to learn and effective system that can be utilized by beginning herbalists as well as advanced clinical practitioners.  Thousands of students throughout the world have studied David's 10 Tastes and found it enables them to more accurately assess patients' problems and more effectively apply appropriate herbs to help the body regain balance and health.  This system also helps to prevent exacerbation of illness due to incorrect prescribing and is especially effective when used along with systems of practice such as western herbal medicine/Phytotherapy which do not have an energetic basis.

David Winston RH (AHG) is an herbalist and ethnobotanist with over 40 years of training in Cherokee, Chinese and Western herbal traditions.  He has been in clinical practice for over 35 years and is an herbal consultant to physicians, herbalists and researchers throughout the USA and Canada.  In 2013 David was presented with the Natural Products Association (NPA) Clinician’s Award.

David is the founder/director of the Herbal Therapeutics Research Library and the dean of David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, a two-year training program in clinical herbal medicine.  He is an internationally known lecturer and frequently teaches at medical schools, symposia and herb conferences.

He is the president of Herbalist & Alchemist, a manufacturer that produces herbal products that blend the art and science of the world's herbal traditions. In addition, David is a founding/ professional member of theAmerican Herbalist Guild, he has served four terms on the Board of Directors and he is on the American Botanical Council's Advisory Board. 

David is a contributing author of American Herbalism, published in 1992 by Crossings Press, the author of Saw Palmetto for Men & Women, Storey, 1999 and Herbal Therapeutics, Specific Indications For Herbs & Herbal Formulas, HTRL, 2013 and the co-author of Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief, Healing Arts Press, 2007, Winston and Kuhn’s Herbal Therapy and Supplements; A Scientific and Traditional Approach, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, 2008.  He is also a member of the AHPA Expert Advisory Council that created the new edition of the Botanical Safety Handbook published in 2013.

Robin Murphy

"Treating Neurological Diseases with Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Qigong"

This in depth exploration of the treatment of neurological diseases will provide attendees with a deeper understanding and confidence to working with homeopathic remedies.  

Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions that cause the gradual decay of nerve cells, which create debilitating problems with movement and mental functioning.  Balance, movement, speech, breathing, and heart function are often affected by neurodegenerative diseases.  Sometimes these symptoms can be can also be caused by alcoholism, brain tumor, stroke, exposure to toxins/chemicals, and viruses.  In other cases, the cause can be genetic or have an unknown cause.  

Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Qigong are can all be very useful and effective treatment options for patients suffering from a neurological disease.  This class will explore the prevention and treatment options for strokes, brain trauma, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, epilepsy, and autism disorder.   



Dr. Robin Murphy, ND carried out his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. There he discovered their homeopathic collection and became intrigued with the system it described.

In 1976 he entered the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM), on a Hahnemann Scholarship. While at the school he studied with Dr. Ravi Sahni and Dr. John Bastyr. He directed the homeopathy program at NCNM from 1980-1984. He also taught at Bastyr University.

Dr. Murphy was one of the earliest seminar teachers and is responsible for introducing many people to homeopathy. He takes a practical approach to homeopathic education, bringing clarity to the interrelation between philosophy, materia medica, and repertory work.

He published the Homeopathic Medical Repertor in 1993, and the Lotus Materia Medica in 1996. He is the director of the Hahnemann Academy of North America which sponsors seminars on homeopathy and natural medicine.

Contact us at symposium@aoma.edu or 800-824-9987 x209.