The Herb Works
“My education as a herbalist began with a correspondence course from Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby B.C. in 1977. After receiving my diploma in 1979, I began another correspondence course with Norma Meyers a Mohawk medicine woman, again in B.C. At the end of the course, I went to B.C. , did a week-end workshop and then wrote the exam. Concurrent with this, I undertook an apprenticeship with an old Swiss herbalist and naturopathic doctor by the name of Dr. Albert Thut. I worked for him – helping to wildcraft herbs, milled his formulae, and occasionally going on his rounds to the Mennonite community, all the while learning about herbal medicine from him.
At the same time, I read numerous books on herbal medicine as well as those of a scientific nature, to confirm what I read in the historical texts as accurate and correct.
In my practice of botanic medicine: a branch of herbal medicine,, I see herbs as being very, very specialized ‘foods’ for the cells of the body. This is based upon an acknowledgement of their multiple constituents: not just the active ingredients, but (essential) oils,, mineral salts, astringents, mucopolyaccharides ( mucilage) and other such constituents, each of which addresses a different aspect of the disease process.
Disease itself is understood to be a disturbance in one or more of the 5 main systems: digestion / alimentation, blood & circulatory, elimination: bowels & kidneys, nerve force and oxygenation / respirarion. By preparing tonics that address these main systems, most conditions can be resolved.”