Apothecary is an historical name for one who prepares and dispenses herbal medicines. In addition to these responsibilities, the Apothecary also offered general medical advice and a wide range of other services including Midwifery. The first Apothecary shops were founded during the Middle Ages in Baghdad, around the 11th century, but of course that was from the Western perspective, the Chinese Herbalists had been dispensing and healing with herbal medicines for thousands of years prior to this. Master Herbalist, Colleen Nicklassen, has been practicing Traditional Herbalism for over 25 years, combining Eastern and Western philosophies to treat the cause of disease / illness.
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The Herbalist recognizes that our bodies are made up of a complex organization of tissues and cells that operate on a molecular level. But even more, behind the physical manifestations is the existence of subtle energy. It is known throughout the world by different names: Life Force, Vital Force, Chi, Qi, and Prana. This living force controls all levels of existence: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Plants absorb vital nutrients from the soil and then process and store them, providing raw materials which are close in chemical composition to those that make up the human body, and therefore are easily digested and assimilated.
Colleen Nicklassen - Master Herbalist
How do plants