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The Role of Adaptogenic Herbs in Classical Asian Medicine, Mythology & Spiritual Practices

Broadcast on June 29, 2021
With David Crow, LAc
Hosted by Nick Mattos

Before modern Western culture learned about “adaptogenic” herbs, there were Soma herbs that supported higher consciousness, Chu Len herbs that restored youthfulness, Rasayana herbs that rejuvenated the body and slowed the aging process, Shen herbs for cultivating meditation practice, Vajikarana herbs for restoring sexual fertility and virility, and mythical Sanjeevani plants that cured the most serious diseases and protected against death. Join David Crow in a discussion about spiritual roots and historic principles of adaptogens.

In This Session:

  • Gain knowledge of the deeper historical roots of using important adaptogenic herbs that are now becoming increasingly popular
  • Develop an appreciation for the higher spiritual purposes that Tibetan Buddhist, Chinese Taoist, Hindu Vedic, and Tantric ascribed to this category of plants
  • Learn about the role of prayer and consecration of adaptogenic herbs in traditional spiritual practices
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David Crow, LAc

Master Clinical Herbalist, Researcher & Educator of Natural Medicine

David Crow has been a clinician, consultant, researcher, and educator in the field of natural medicine for over 40 years. A world-renowned speaker, author, and thought leader, David emphasizes reimagining healthcare and empowering individuals to become their own self-care experts. 

As a teacher, David has taught extensively for more than 25 years, throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He’s been a top faculty member at The Shift Network since 2015, where over 10,000 students have taken his online courses. He pioneered and hosted The Shift Network’s annual Plant Medicine Summit, which has been attended by over 300,000 people from more than 120 countries.

David was one of the first Westerners to train and be licensed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and one of the few to study Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine in traditional internships in Nepal and India. He was also one of the first medical pioneers to use essential oils and aromatherapy in clinical practice, and to integrate these diverse modalities into comprehensive treatments.

He’s traveled extensively for ethnobotanical research and to study traditional medical systems, including sojourns in Central and South America, Europe, North Africa, Taiwan, Burma, Nepal, and India. He’s worked with many communities around the world to establish a network of projects supporting sustainable cultivation and production of botanical medicines and artisanal essential oils. 

David, who has studied extensively with numerous spiritual teachers and meditation masters in Asia, integrates these teachings into his medical practice and presentations on natural medicine and ecological spirituality.

David Crow, LAc