We believe that prevention is the vanguard of health and so we focus on the body’s own capacity to heal and repair itself. The tools most valued in holistic medicine are those that can assist the body in maintaining balance and enhance its own healing mechanisms.
In this way, herbalists are like gardeners. The gardener is not a “fixer” of things so much as an ally. He or she nurtures, enhances, and works with the natural system, but does not try to control it. A garden is a system that’s alive, and the rule of herbalism is to cultivate life.