Rob Helmer specializes in the treatment of chronic, difficult to treat medical conditions that other doctors and alternative medicine providers are unable to help. His primary form of treatment to achieve this is customized Chinese herbal medicine formulas. Rob's recent research has focused on the area of insomnia due to the increase in mental-emotional health problems since the beginning of the pandemic.

He originally graduated from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) school in Toronto 1998 and completed his Doctorate of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific Rim College in Victoria, BC.  To obtain doctorate level knowledge learned to read medical Chinese and spent many years translating Chinese medical journal articles into English to share with others.

He has completed clinical practice/internships in China (four times), Germany and USA.  Rob is a teacher of Traditional Chinese Medicine and currently and previously has taught at TCM schools in Canada and the US and also have developed and taught post-graduate courses on insomnia, asthma and dermatology based on his own clinical experience and research. Rob is a published author and has previously appeared in various TCM journals (Journal of Chinese Medicine) and published a book by Blue Poppy press in 2006 on the TCM treatment of pediatric bedwetting. Lastly, he has been a student of many well respected doctors of TCM over the years in different countries including Dr. David Lam in Toronto, Bob Flaws and TCM dermatologist Mazin Al-khafaji including working at his clinic in England


Stress, Cortisol, Liver Qi Stagnation and its Effect on Sleep


Robert has kindly offered to give a free talk to all RCHM members. You can sign up for this for free through the same conference registration form even if you are not attending the conference. This talk will cover the links between stress, cortisol, liver qi stagnation and its effect on sleep. It will provide some useful background for Rob's talk at the conference and will help you get the most out of his presentation on the day.

Chinese Herbal Medicine and 'COVID-Somnia' - Using Ancient Wisdom to Treat Difficulty Sleeping Due to the Pandemic

10am-3pm SUNDAY 27th JUNE

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have experienced increased levels of stress due to the shifts in their daily lives, feeling of loneliness, job losses, lack of physical exercise, isolation from family and friends, financial difficulty, and grief over the death of loved ones.  The psychological consequences of the pandemic are already apparent with increased rates of anxiety and panic, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, insomnia, digestive problems, as well as depressive symptoms and post-traumatic stress.  According to recent research the current pandemic is severely disrupting sleep in more than 50% of people causing increased reliance on medications that have minimal benefit and severe side-effects.  The sleep difficulties being reported and treated are not only in people recovering from COVID-19, but in the far larger number of people worldwide whose lives have been turned upside down by fear and social isolation.  Due to this increase, neurologists who specialize in sleep disorders and witnessing this surge have developed the term “COVID-somnia”  The following workshop is a reflection of  a senior herbalist's clinical experience and understanding COVID-somnia including diagnosing common patterns and treatment using customized Chinese Herbal formulas.   In addition, relevant traditional theories and new insights and approaches will be shared including modern research and case studies.