Herbalism is the use of plant nourishment to promote health and vitality, to facilitate recovery from injury and illness, and to restore and maintain balance. It is the application of an understanding of both traditional energetic systems and modern medicine, founded in the wisdom of ancestral cultures and now incorporating the sciences of physiology and biochemistry. Our practices incorporate the principles of functional nutrition science into formulation and delivery system development.
The phyto-nutrients contained in whole plants are complex and complete. We value the therapeutic effect of whole plant extractions rather than relying on the limited action of isolated compounds found in conventionally processed supplements and pharmaceuticals.
Use of the term "entourage effect" is lauded as a cannabis-specific concept. In fact, it is the very foundation of herbal medicine. We may refer to this principle as network pharmacology, entourage effect, or whole plant medicine. Conventional medicine is reductionist when it comes to pharmacology: the research community focuses primarily on isolated actives. It's easier, and patent based drug development is focused on the use of isolates, feeding the mis-perception that science supports the use of isolated compounds. This error of thought has resulted in a current focus on using "single active compound" based botanical extracts and derivatives. When we do this, we essentially pharmaceuticalize the plant.
As much as we may dis-assemble and study distinct phyto-constituents in our effort to fathom the medicines that emerge in nature, we barely grasp the surface of understanding the relationship between people and plants. Let's be clear: We respect and utilize research using many and varied avenues of investigation, and actively encourage and participate in study of full profile botanicals and complete formulas. We acknowledge that the exquisite intelligence of nature is comprehensive.
Luminary Medicine Company uses certified organic and wildcrafted whole plant materials that are knowledgeably sourced and properly extracted based upon phyto-chemical solvency in our FDA/ DSHEA compliant lab, ensuring maximum potency and premium quality. Our formulas present full botanical profiles using time-honored principles and extraction methods, integrated with selected functional nutrients, using sophisticated, modern delivery systems expertly compounded by skilled professionals.