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Plant medicines: a herbalist's perspective

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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

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