Title: Plant medicines: a herbalist's perspective

Authors: Dragana Vilinac

Addresses: Neal's Yard Remedies, Peacemarsh, Gillingham SP8 4EU, Dorset, UK

Abstract: Statutory regulation will enable practitioners of herbal medicine to become a significant contributor to empowering the nation|s health. Herbal medicine|s central ethos – it is healing ecology – enables the individual to take responsibility and provides tools to actively engage in a healing process. Phytotherapy – use of medicinal plants as a part of healing regime can bring radical change to patient|s expectations and the way the medical community operates. Health as an active state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being, must be viewed in the light of interdependence with all communities of life on Earth.

Keywords: healing ecology; interdependence; herbal medicine; plant medicines; phytotherapy; health; wellbeing.

DOI: 10.1504/WRSTSD.2008.018556

World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 2008 Vol.5 No.2, pp.140 - 150

Published online: 30 May 2008 *

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