Filed in About on December 18, 2013


Medical Herbalists were originally licensed in the UK in 1542 and the barber surgeons in 1540, sharing the medical knowledge derived from Dioscorides and Hippocrates, the Egyptians and Sumerians thousands of years before the birth of Christ. In the middle of the 19th century that there was a formalized split in the medical world, paralleling the development of surgical tools, anesthesia and synthesized commercial drugs creating the orthodox medical industry of today.

19th century Canada had a fine tradition of Medical Herbalists and they benefited hugely from talking to and treating our indigenous populations. They identified many Canadian plants with medicinal uses such as Echinacea and Goldenseal. This is now supported by scientific evidence in the 21st century through research done by Universities such as McGill and McMaster and others world wide.

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