Herb quality, safety, & effectiveness depends on ingredients
Competence and Conscious living are two of the core values of my clinic company.
Therefore, I placed a lot of emphasis on the quality and safety of the herbs I used in my herbal preparations and my retail product brand Leaf to Life®.
The reasons are straightforward:
1. A practitioner (myself) founded leaf to Life ® and my company. How many products in the stores are based and formulated by a practitioner with direct clinical experience? Scientists and PhDs are usually not practitioners.
2. As an accredited practitioner in Western herbal medicine with professional insurance indemnity, it is my duty of care to my patients regarding the medicinal ingredients’ choice and quality.
3. I am a user of my products. Of course, the products need to be excellent!
4. It is my interest to supply or prescribe you the best quality, not only in terms of quality but also in doing our small part for the environment. Because my practice is a small one, it is in my interest to have products that are better than the big names., who have all the marketing budget to do lots of advertising.
For example, my range of herbal liquid tinctures are either characterized by one or all the following:
? Herbal tinctures are based on the traditional cold percolation extraction process to preserve the plant’s constituents. They are not made by artificially creating a spike in an ‘active’ ingredient or worse, a single compound as in biomedicine (pharmaceutical drugs).
? Over 60% are sourced from either certified organic or wildcrafted.
? All extracts are tested for contaminations, residual solvents, and heavy metals. Raw herbs such as tea have no legal requirement for testing. However, I choose to get them tested, such as my source of wildcrafted young nettle leaves.
? Botanical identification is very critical. The liquid herbal extracts are tested independently by Southern Cross University or relevant authorities such as NSF.
? Manufacturers are licensed suppliers by TGA (Australia) and cGMP certified. Unfortunately, such as in the UK, many supplement companies dishonestly claim cGMP without an MIA license (Medicines and Healthcare products regulatory agency, UK).
These and many actions I do gives absolute assurance of safety and quality.