Matthew Alfs is a clinical herbalist (since the mid–1990s) and one of fewer than 200 of such in the USA who is nationally–peer–reviewed as a registered herbalist (R.H.) by the American Herbalists Guild.
We‘ve all heard about black cohosh, echinacea, garlic, cinnamon, saw palmetto, ginkgo, and ginger ad nauseum! Judging from articles in popular health mags and by TV/radio news "bites," one gets the impression that these herbs are all that there is to herbal medicine. Without a doubt, they are best sellers on the herb market and also have been highly studied in the scientific literature. Yet, none of them are native to Minnesota.
Although many of us are familiar with herbal superstars like echinacea, ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, garlic, turmeric, and ginger, it is a fact that many local wild plants not currently available on the herb market possess remarkable healing powers. In this lecture, local clinical herbalist Matthew Alfs, M.H., R.H. will show color photographs of some of these plants and discuss their healing applications as utilized by Native Americans, folk herbalists, and by Alfs in his own clinic (the Midwest Herbs & Healing center in Roseville).