New Herbal Insights into Allergy and Inflammation

  • 1 Jun 2019
  • 10:00 - 16:30
  • London, Goldsmiths University, 8 Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW


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New Herbal Insights into Allergy and Inflammation

With the clinical focus on curcumin as the go to herbal treatment for any type of inflammation, do willow bark and Boswellia have any clinical relevance beyond osteoarthritis, and have they even been superseded for this? Is willow bark just a type of mild herbal aspirin, with all of the side effects, but fewer of the benefits of the drug?

In this presentation, Kerry will review new experimental and clinical evidence supporting the important role of these two herbs in a wide range of therapeutic challenges. In particular, new insights are explored that challenge the common assumptions about clinical uses, mechanisms of action and quality issues.

The presentation will close with the proposition that the rehabilitative potential of these two herbs is currently grossly underestimated, and then invite questions and discussions about how we can maximise their clinical potential for the benefit of our patients.

In this presentation you will learn:

·        Why willow bark is NOT a type of herbal aspirin

·        A new key target for willow bark involving an important “danger” signalling           pathway in the innate immune system

·        The role of both herbs in autoimmunity

·        The role of both herbs in lung disease

·        The relationship of Boswellia to the blood brain barrier, and resultant            implications for neuroplasticity

·        Why it is important to use whole Boswellia extracts

·        Why it is important to meet a defined dosage threshold for willow bark

Key Herbal Strategies for Atopy, Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis

There was little awareness of allergic disease before the first description of allergic rhinitis (AR) in 1870. Since then, there have been steep rises in asthma incidence from the 1950s, and more recently, peanut allergy from the 1990s. Clearly, as our lifestyles move more and more away from nature we are experiencing a pandemic of atopy. But what is specifically behind this phenomenon? In the first part of this presentation, the evidence supporting a range of factors contributing to atopy is outlined, together with natural strategies for both managing and preventing allergic disease. In the second part, the specific causes, pathology, clinical presentation and natural treatment of asthma and AR are detailed, together with case histories.

In this comprehensive presentation you will learn about:

  • The significance of immune danger and toxins as drivers of atopy, and strategies to alleviate these
  • Optimising barrier function to mitigate all atopic disease
  • How the hygiene and “old friends” hypotheses inform natural strategies for atopy
  • The key herbs for managing atopy

Clinically relevant information includes:

  • Essential features of the asthma and AR mosaics that inform natural treatments, including the new information on phenotype versus endotype in asthma, leading to precision natural prescribing
  • Four key treatment modules to selectively apply in all allergic disorders, using both herbs and nutrients
  • Comprehensive practical protocols

About the speaker 

Professor Kerry Bone is the co-founder and innovation driver at MediHerb, where he serves as Director of Research and Development. In 2016 MediHerb was awarded the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Varro E. Tyler Award for excellence in Phytomedicinal Research.

As part of his educational role, Kerry is Principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy and also Adjunct Professor at New York Chiropractic College, providing input into their postgraduate applied nutrition program. He also founded the successful Masters of Health Science (HerbalMedicine) course at the University of New England in 2004, and served there as Associate Professor from 2004 to 2012.

Kerry is co-author of more than 30 scientific papers on herbal research, including original research and systematic reviews. He currently serves as the only Australian member of the editorial board of the journal Phytomedicine,the top herbal research journal in the world, and is also on the advisory board of the ABC.

He has also written or co-written six popular textbooks on botanical medicine, including his latest with Simon Mills, the long-awaited second edition of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy,which was awarded the 2013 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award by the ABC. Other key texts include The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety (also awarded the James A Duke Award in 2006), A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs and The Ultimate Herbal Compendium. These texts are widely used at Naturopathic and medical colleges throughout the world.