According to recent research as many as 38.2 million Americans are using supplements or herbal remedies but the majority of them aren't sharing this information with their physicians. Additionally, many physicians aren't aware of ways popular herbal remedies such as St. John's Wort or Ginko biloba may interact with pharmaceutical medications. Simon Mills, author of The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, will address these and other herbal safety issues in a lecture "Issues of Herb Safety: New Insights" scheduled for 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Friday, November 11th at the Tai Sophia Institute. On Saturday, November 12th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mills, botanical expert and author Jim Duke and members of the Institute's faculty will conduct herbal medicine workshops. The program explores the latest research in herbal medicine and clarifies issues related to the efficacy of herbal therapies in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
The Herbal Medicine workshop costs $125. Acupuncturists, professional herbalists and social workers can receive 10 CEUs. The Tai Sophia Institute is located on 7750 Montpelier Road in Laurel, MD. To register, or for more information call 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.
Mills, a practicing medical herbalist since 1997, is a graduate of the Cambridge University medical sciences program. In 1996, Prince Charles appointed him to chair the regulatory working group for the Foundation for Integrative Medicine. In 2000, he served as a special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Regarded as an international expert on herbal medicine, he is the author of several books including The Principles and Practices of Phytotherapy, one of the world's authoritative textbooks on herbal medicine.
Harry Bosk, APR
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