Treating Late-Stage Neurological Lyme Disease: Western Herbs and Chinese Medicine with Brendan Kelly
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9 am – 1 pm
$45 members / $50 non-members / $40 VCIH students

From the view of Chinese medicine, even challenging symptoms like neurological conditions are treatable. Using the Wai Ke/Neurological Tradition, we’ll discuss treating both the symptoms and underlying cause of neurological Lyme disease, including tremors, seizures, headaches and migraines. We’ll also talk about the progression of Lyme disease and how the initial tick bite can manifest as neurological symptoms. Brendan will use case studies of patients he’s worked with to discuss his experiences treating Lyme disease, including the use of western herbs, diet and lifestyle. Brendan will also talk about research from his book published in 2015 by North Atlantic Books—The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis—including how the progression of Lyme disease mirrors the progression of climate change.

Brendan Kelly is an herbalist of 20 years with training in eastern and western healing traditions and has been practicing Chinese medicine full-time for 13 years. He has been a western herbal business owner and consultant to natural product companies and western medical practitioners. He is on the faculty at AFEA in Florida and an adjunct professor at  Johnson State College in VT. He is also the past president of the Vermont Acupuncture Association (VTAA).

He teaches about various aspects of Chinese medicine as well as western herbal medicine at schools, universities, educational centers and conferences around the US. He also writes and teaches about the connection between personal, societal and environmental well-being, including the connection between climate change and Chinese medical thought and diagnosis. In September, 2015,  North Atlantic Books will publish his first book The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis: Healing Personal, Cultural and Ecological Imbalance with Chinese Medicine, which looks at the underlying causes of our warming planet from the perspective of Chinese medicine.

Brendan is a long-time student and practitioner of Tai Chi Ch’uan, having studied with Wolfe Lowenthal weekly for 10 years. He was authorized to teach by Wolfe, who was a senior student of Cheng Man Ching, the creator of the Yang style short form. He was the founder and primary instructor of an outdoor based western herbal school in southern Vermont, and teaches about harvesting and using wild plants for food and medicine, and herbal medicine preparation in a wide variety of settings. He continues to work integrating the potency of local, western medicinal plants with the depth of the Chinese diagnostic tradition.


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