Kate draws from a variety of botanical traditions
Chinese Herbal Medicine
The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.
Rainforest Remedies is the line of traditional herbal and topical healing products formulated by Dr. Rosita Arvigo based on her work with Don Elijio Panti in Belize. Don Elijio as a traditional Maya healer introduced Dr. Arvigo to the healing herbs and topical treatments used for centuries by traditional Maya healers in Central America. Dr. Arvigo combined the knowledge Don Elijio shared with her and her physician understanding of human physiology to formulate a set of remedies which address many of the common ailments addressed by Don Elijio in his traditional practice. The Rainforest Remedies line also includes products which support both the physical and spiritual healing process of the Maya.
Western Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is the use of plant remedies in the prevention and treatment of disease. It is one of the oldest forms of medicine and, from a global perspective, is still the most common form of medicine practised today.
The history of Western herbal medicine, as opposed to Oriental herbal medicine, can be traced back to both the herbal traditions of the indigenous inhabitants of the British Isles, and to the Greeks and Romans.
There are also links to North America, where Native Americans had their own herbal lore. In fact, many North American herbs are still used in Western herbal medicine, such as Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia).
To learn more about Kate’s perspective on herbal medicine visit http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/language-of-herbs/