Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine

With Phyllis Light

Medicinal remedies using local plants indigenous to the Southeast

Saturday & Sunday // April 29 - 30, 2017 // 10am - 5pm

Overview:  Folk medicine in the Southern Appalachians and the Deep South has remained an unbroken tradition for several hundred years. Its beginnings date back to the settlement of the region about 500 years ago and the intermingling of the cultures and medical systems of Native Americans and Europeans, especially the Spanish and Irish, and Africa.

Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine is a constitutional system based on four elements and four tastes. It is holistic in approach and traditionally treats physical, psychological and spiritual disorders. Assessment techniques are based on physical assessment using visual cues, tongue and pulse assessment, and Story. Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine primarily uses local plants indigenous to the Southeast but may also include some European and African plants.

Join Phyllis as she presents a brief history of the origins of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine, an overview of the Southern Blood Types, which includes blood patterns, movement, textures, temperatures and tastes, the four elements and the four tastes. We’ll also discuss the general tenets of folk healing and a traditional herbal formulas.

​Cost: $175

Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine
606 New Leicester Highway, Suite F
Asheville, NC 28806
Instructor Bio: Phyllis D. Light, MA, RH(AHG), is a fourth generation herbalist and healer.  Her studies in Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine began at the age of 10 in the deep woods of North Alabama with lessons from her Creek/Cherokee grandmother and continued with well-known folk herbalist Tommie Bass. She continued her education with a Master of Health Studies from the University of Alabama.

As a practicing herbalist, Phyllis has seen clients for over 25 years. She also worked in a medical clinic in Birmingham, AL and was supervising herbalist at Common Ground Medical Clinic in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. One of her goals is to be a bridge between traditional and scientific knowledge.
Phyllis is a registered herbalist and currently vice-president of the American Herbalist Guild as well as a member of the Admissions Committee. Locally, Phyllis is the director of the Appalachian Center for Natural Health in Arab, AL which offers both online and residential classes.