Herbal Medicine Symposium Offered at Penn

PHILADELPHIA—The use of herbal medicines in the United States is becoming increasingly popular. Yet, because most American healthcare providers receive little to no formal training in herbal medicine, physicians and nurses are often unprepared to answer questions patients have about the efficacy of herbal medicine, either as a supplement to more traditional treatment methods or as a stand alone therapy to treat or prevent disease.

To address this problem, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Morris Arboretum are jointly sponsoring a symposium on September 19-20, 2006 entitled Herbal Medicine: Perception, Practice and Rational Use. The symposium will bring together world-renowned experts in the field of herbal medicine. The broad range of topics to be addressed will include everything from a look at the history of herbal medicines and their potential role in future healthcare to a discussion of the role that herbal medicines already play in today’s pharmaceutical industry. The symposium will focus on: the use of plants in clinical practice; determining benefits or harm; rational approaches for proper use; informing the public; perceptions of herbal medicine by healthcare providers and the public; and botanical research.

Nationally recognized speakers will include: Mr. Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council; Dr. Steven King, Vice President of Ethnobotany and Conservation for Napo Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Robert McCaleb, president of the Herb Research Foundation; Dr. Marc Micozzi, physician-anthropologist; Mr. Simon Mills, Director of the Masters Program in Botanical Healing, Tai Sophia Institute, Dr. John M. Riddle, distinguished author, scholar, and professor at North Carolina State University; and Dr. Chun-Su Yuan, the Cyrus Tang Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago.

The symposium begins on September 19 at the Morris Arboretum in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The evening features herbal medicine tours, dinner, and keynote speaker, Dr. John M. Riddle. The day-long symposium will be held on September 20 at the University of Pennsylvania, Biomedical Research Building II/III: Lobby and Auditorium

For a complete brochure or to register contact Jan McFarlan 215-247-5777, x156

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