Dr Sandra Clair is one of New Zealand’s most highly qualified plant medicine experts, a medical anthropologist (M.A.), and the founder of New Zealand’s leading traditional plant medicine company, Artemis. In this episode we delve into the hidden properties of New Zealand's high potency thyme, the benefits of Rongoā Māori medicine and why New Zealand's lack of regulation is holding back our natural plant medicine exports.
2 mins 35 secs What is plant medicine, it’s 2,500 year old history and how it branched out and gave birth to pharmaceuticals.
3 mins 47 secs New Zealand’s biosphere and why it’s ideal for producing uniquely Kiwi
4 mins 55 secs Dr Sandra Clair’s origin story.
6 mins 4 secs The discovery of thyme in Central Otago and what makes it different from other herbs she had harvested in Europe.
8 mins 45 secs What Dr Sandra learnt about thyme through her medical thesis, the specialised knowledge of Rongoā Māori and how 20th century colonial medicine disrupted this knowledge.
12 mins 5 secs The discussion around opening up medicine and allowing people to choose the medicine that is right for them.
13 mins 38 secs Why a pharmaceutical only model creates gaps and inequality in healthcare and the need to decolonise medicine.
14 mins 27 secs Does plant medicine really work?
15 mins 21 secs Why plant medicine doesn’t have the same side effects.
16 mins 47 secs Why plants have more than one action and can be effective against more than one symptom.
19 mins 32 secs How the Artemis range came about to solve common family health complaints.
22 mins 35 secs New Zealand is the only country in the OECD that doesn’t have regulations around plant medicines which is holding New Zealand back against countries like Australia in exporting to China.
25 mins 4 secs The gap in regulation and the role for government in updating the Medicine Act to include natural medicines.
28 mins 41 secs Choosing plant medicine as a career and how a Swiss story of growing up in the foothills of the Swiss Alps where people died of old age not illness influenced Dr Sandra Clair.
31 mins 29 secs The existing evidence based research on plant medicine.
35 mins 7 secs The 500 year old book of medicine that Dr Sandra was given by a nun she apprenticed from.
Artemis - Traditional Plant Medicine