Whole medicine for whole people
The practice of herbalism has deep roots in history and is still relevant today. Research has taken a reductionist approach in attempting to uncover active ingredients in order to isolate them. Isolation can indeed offer the potential benefit of standardization, but many herbalists agree that true wisdom and healing lie in the whole plant. Much like the whole food movement argues for less manipulation of the food we ingest, herbalists make the case for using whole medicine. Whole plant medicine empowers the individual to work with the plants in order to heal themselves.
The 'whole person' refers to the physical body as well as the emotional and energetic being. It considers the person's environment and relationships as well as any spiritual practices.
We seek not to treat the disease a person has, but to heal the person who has the disease.