About the site:
This site was made because well referenced traditional and scientific information about medicinal herbs should be freely available. It is a non-profit educational resource.
My main concern was that people have easy access to many different herbs as supplements and often order them without any consideration of the traditional use of those herbs. Increasingly, people are getting information from science-based resources, which is very good, but the problem is we are ignoring information from respected herbalists. I find traditional knowledge about herbs, from a good source, is often much more useful than our limited scientific knowledge regarding herbs. I also think we need greater realism about how limited our scientific knowledge is, rather than just referencing animal or test tube studies and extrapolating the results to humans.
Research on the site is up-to-date and there is an evidence rating system to discriminate between better quality scientific studies from lower quality or preliminary studies. The more recent traditional knowledge is from textbooks mainly by David Winston, Maria Groves, Thomas Bartram, David Hoffman, Rosemary Gladstar, and Matthew Wood. I also include details from the traditional Eclectic texts, Dr. Christopher, and Nicolas Culpeper’s complete herbal.
About Chris, creator of this website:
I have an academic background with experience in botany, biomedical science, and statistics, although in honestly, I’d rather less be known as an academic and more as a one who practices the 8 fold path. I have been practising the Buddhist 8 fold path, as taught through the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah, since my early twenties. More recently, I have become a keen practitioner of five element Qi-gong.
I have faced health problems since my late twenties so have taught myself traditional herbalism as conventional medicine has not so far proved helpful for my condition. Herbalism has given me more success in many ways and has given me a deeper connection with the world.