Course Description:

$125
Adaptogens are natural plant materials with a variety of pharmacologic compounds that can cultivate and enhance the human body’s innate ability to adapt to changing circumstances and maximize survival potential, particularly under conditions of stress.  These fascinating substances, with a history of medicinal use that spans millennia, optimize the body’s natural defense systems at the organismal, extracellular, and intracellular levels through a variety of biochemical pathways, and can enhance treatment outcomes as elements of integrative interventions for psychiatric disorders.

This two-part series, presented by naturopathic physician Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, offers registrants a unique opportunity to go beyond the prescription pad and explore some of Mother Nature’s most valuable bequests to modern integrative medicine.  A brief history of the use adaptogens will segue into an analysis of the pharmacologic properties for which adaptogens have been sought after through the centuries, and the elucidation of biologic pathways through which they modulate the stress response.  Recommendations for clinical intake and laboratory testing strategies to facilitate effective adaptogen prescriptions for unique symptomatic presentations will be detailed.  Finally, literature regarding the most commonly utilized plant adaptogens will be reviewed, and the therapeutic benefits of using adaptogens concomitantly with psychotropic medications discussed.

Upon completion, registrants will have gained a bench to bedside knowledge of how to use adaptogens in clinical practice to complement conventional care, strategies for addressing the underlying causes of psychiatric illness with these incredible plant medicines, and a working understanding as to the unique properties and clinical applications that distinguish members of the Panax genus (American, Asian, and Siberian ginseng).

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Modules:

1. Adaptogens in Psychiatry Part I

Presented by naturopathic physician Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, and intended for healthcare practitioners, this two-part educational series devoted to adaptogens will focus on the history of adaptogens in medicine, the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties of adaptogens, and recommendations for clinical intake and lab testing to inform adaptogen protocols for psychiatric illness.

2. Adaptogens in Psychiatry Part II

Presented by naturopathic physician Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, and intended for healthcare practitioners, this two-part educational series devoted to adaptogens will focus on the history of adaptogens in medicine, the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties of adaptogens, and recommendations for clinical intake and lab testing to inform adaptogen protocols for psychiatric illness.

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Upon completion of Parts I and II of Adaptogens in Psychiatry, registrants will be able to:

  • Elucidate the biologic mechanisms through which adaptogens promote homeostasis and modulate the physiologic stress response
  • Utilize adaptogens in clinical practice to complement conventional and integrative psychiatric care
  • Elucidate the distinguishing characteristics and clinical applications of American, Asian, and Siberian ginseng
  • Identify safe and effective dosing parameters for a variety of adaptogens in accordance with the principle of biochemical individuality
  • Enact evidence-based and scientifically informed strategies for clinical intake and lab testing so as to implement the most effective adaptogen prescription for each individual patient
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