Herbal Medicine Making

Workshop (1hr 15min) - Group Presentation with Greg Whitten

Many practitioners are interested in manufacturing herbal medicines themselves, but are unsure where to begin, and feel that it is too complicated. In this hands-on Workshop, Greg and Chris will demonstrate and explain different techniques for preparing herbal medicines for your clinic. This will include percolation and maceration methods, including suggestions on raw materials and equipment needed. The demonstration will be practical and be suitable for everyone from small single person home clinics to larger clinics with multiple practitioners.


Herbal Medicine Making

Workshop (1hr 15min) - Group Presentation with Greg Whitten

Most Naturopaths currently use herbal tinctures bought from a handful of large suppliers in Australia. Unfortunately these can lead practitioners to feel detached from the grass roots of our profession, and forget the independence that our practice enables. Many practitioners are interested in manufacturing herbal medicines themselves, but are unsure where to begin, and feel that it is too complicated.

With their combined experience in manufacturing and evaluating herbal medicines, Greg and Chris will give a Workshop focusing on practical advice on how any practicing Naturopath can begin making herbal tinctures in their home or clinic.

They will predominantly discuss percolation (column) and maceration (jar) techniques, with functioning equipment on hand extracting throughout the Summit. Greg and Chris will discuss acquisition of raw materials and equipment required to get you underway, and run you through the calculations necessary to use them. The techniques and knowledge gained here will work for a single operator home run clinic through to a larger multi-practitioner clinic. The practitioner could leave the summit wishing to manufacture a large number of herbal products, or just to specialise in one or two very high quality products that you and your patients will learn to love!

After studying physics and maths at Adelaide University and working in IT for several years, Chris decided on a career change and moved to Lismore to study Naturopathy. On completing his honours project comparing methods of extraction, Chris spent a couple of years working at the University analysing plant extracts for the Centre for Phytochemistry and Pharmacology. Both his honours and this work drew his attention to the large variation in quality of different products. When the opportunity came to become an intern at Goulds Natural Medicine, and thereby learn more about herbal extractions (and of course Naturopathic practice), Chris jumped at the chance of joining the team. Seven years later and Chris is still with Goulds, working in the apothecary as well as the clinic.

Most of his spare time is spent playing with his daughter, gardening, or riding his bike (hopefully without breaking any more bones).