“What I’ve learned from my training and experience is that to understand herbs better you need to know not only what they do, but also their “energetics.” Once you understand the energetics—is the herb warming or cooling, or bitter or drying or moistening—you understand how to combine them more effectively for a specific purpose.
Let’s use our lung formulas as an example. We have respiratory tonics and anti-spasmodic formulas, but we also have energetically based formulas: one that’s for hot and dry lung conditions, one for cold and dry, one for cold and damp, and one for hot and damp.“
“I think it’s unfortunate that so many people limit themselves to a small handful of herbs, which essentially means trying to fit the patient to the available herbs. There are Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs that have simply no Western equivalents. There are Western herbs for which there are no Ayurvedic or Chinese equivalents, and so I choose the best from each of these herb worlds. Of course it depends on what is seasonally available or whether you can find high quality botanicals that are free from heavy metals and pesticides. We use the best of everything that we can find in the world, literally.”
David Winston is often asked why H&A uses herbs from around the world.
His answer: “In my clinical practice I use what works, whether the herbs are from Asia (including Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs), Europe, Africa, South or North America.
Herbalist & Alchemist believes that quality is the responsibility of every employee and must never be compromised.
I am trained in Western/Eclectic, Chinese and Cherokee herbal medicine, so I have experience with many different systems of medicine and the wide array of herbs used by each tradition. I use herbs according to their specific indications, energetics, modern research and my decades of clinical experience. This means that I am not bound to standardized combinations or the few herbs have been studied by science for a specific condition. I attempt to combine tradition and science together in my use of herbs. What is important is that the herbs are of high quality, preferably organically grown or sustainably wildcrafted.”
David in his Herbal Garden