Medicinal Plant Walk with Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy

September 12, 2015 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Summit School parking lot
12525 Ojai Santa Paula Road
Ojai, CA 93023
$35/adults, $30 seniors 62-up and full-time students
Lanny Kaufer
(805) 646-6281
Jim discussing Coastal Sagebrush on a Medicinal Plant Walk in October, 2014

Please join me, Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer, and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy on Saturday, September 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a Medicinal Plant Walk on Sisar Creek in the Upper Ojai Valley between Ojai and Santa Paula. We will identify wild native plants in riparian, oak woodland, and chaparral habitats and discuss their indigenous and modern medicinal uses.

This will be a slow-paced walk of about 2 miles round-trip on a wide dirt road that gradually gains elevation with corresponding views and changing plant habitats. The walk will be suitable for hikers of all levels of ability who are capable of walking that distance up and downhill and standing for periods of time.

Dr. Adams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a unique perspective on herbal medicine. He is the co-author — with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia — of the groundbreaking book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use. As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, he has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals as well as researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants for over 25 years and has over 200 publications.

Running parallel with his academic career, Dr. Adams has worked with the Chumash people since 1998 and studied Chumash healing with Cecilia Garcia for almost 15 years. In addition to their book, they wrote 30 journal articles together. Jim is now the carrier of the healing knowledge passed to him by his teacher. The 3rd edition of their book is now in print and Dr. Adams will have copies with him to sell and sign.

On his personal connection to traditional healing practices, Dr. Adams says, “My family came to Virginia in 1635 and has always survived by using American Indian healing. On the frontier, there were no doctors. American Indian healing was better than European medicine anyway. I continue this tradition.”

“Humans have used plant medicines ever since humans came into existence, about 200,000 years ago,” Dr. Adams explains in his book. “That means that our ancestors experienced an intense natural selection. Those who responded to plant medicines survived and passed their genes on. We are the products of this natural selection. Our bodies are designed to respond to plant medicines.”

The cost for this special Medicinal Plant Walk is $35 for adults or $30 for seniors 62-up and full-time students. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Toddlers must be in a carrier. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No dogs, please. Payment by cash or check is accepted on the morning of the walk. Registrants will receive an email during the week prior with all necessary information.

Please note: This walk will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour that morning with a 100% chance of rain the remainder of the day.


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