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Research

We study both the plants and the tissues
to discover the properties of the herbs and
their actions on the body.

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Medicinal Herbs

Whether using Himalayan or South
American herbs, we use only top quality
plants that are sustainably grown
and ethically harvested.

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Medicinal Herbs and Food

We are in the process of creating a laboratory
for processing herbal medicines and medicinal foods.

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Pachamama

We approach our work with respect
and reverence for the plant kingdom.
We seek no patents or excessive profits.

Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology

Plants and People

Ethnobotany

Many of us have seen fictionalized accounts of researchers in the jungle searching for cures for disease, yet truth be told, very few universities actually offer degrees in this fascinating discipline. The goal is generally a quest for a chemical, usually one that can be synthesized in a laboratory and commercialized, though the reality is that ethnobotanists usually spend many years in the field before they find what may be useful. A simple definition of ethnobotany might be that it is the study of how people use plants.

Medical Anthropology

A closely related discipline is medical anthropology, but the scope of the discipline is somewhat broader because it refers to all practices that might alleviate disease, including rituals and psychotherapeutic approaches to healing that are regarded as effective by members of the ethnic group being studied.