Each herb that we include is a result of our wholistic and synergistic methodology. We have taken great care to understand every plant's properties that we use and how they combine to affect the mind/body/spirit for enhanced synergy and optimal health.
Full Spectrum Herbal Extracts
First, we start with only the finest raw ingredients—whole herbs organically grown and wild-harvested. Next, we turn them into quality, potent supplements using only the ideal extraction and concentration methods to maintain each herb’s integrity.
NOMAD APOTHECARY believes in the Full Spectrum method of extraction. An easy way to explain this method is by comparing it with a “standardized” extract.
The standardized method aims to isolate and extract specific active ingredients from herbs. The thought behind using standardized extracts is that the final product will be more consistent and controlled.
The Full Spectrum method keeps the plant as close to its natural makeup as possible. By extracting the whole herbal component (i.e., root, seed, leaf, berry, or flower, etc.) where the plant’s active medicinal ingredients are stored, we maintain the plant’s natural integrity and balance. This process enhances the overall therapeutic effects because it retains all of the diverse phytochemicals of the original plant.
We use Full Spectrum herbal blends to preserve the full potential of the plant in its most natural form. Our philosophy and methodology is a practice of True Synergy. We have seen herbs work in synergy with our bodies to restore and nurture at the deepest level—our genes. The term synergy comes from the Greek word synergia, meaning “working together.” True Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual benefits.
Whole Plant/Body Approach vs. Mechanistic Approach
Ancient alchemical and holistic herbal practices know that herbs are most effective when used as ‘biological wholes’ and not merely vehicles for their ‘active ingredients.’ In contrast, a mechanistic view has grown since the 17th and 18th centuries, largely due to Newtonian physics. In a mechanistic view, the physician diagnoses an illness and administers drug protocols in an effort to heal the symptom (and not necessarily the patient.) Herbs can be applied in much the same way, solely according to their therapeutic properties and chemical constituents. The ailment is separated from the individual, just as a plant’s chemical compounds are separated from the whole living plant.
The mechanistic model is based on the illusion of isolation. It argues that one aspect of a patient can be isolated and treated separately regardless of the person’s other issues; or that an herb can be isolated irrespective of the rest of the plant’s components. The result is that modern medicine treats diseases separate from patients who experience them. In truth, we must treat the whole person, just as we must consider the entire plant to benefit from its full healing potential.
The body is an organic whole; all the parts are interconnected and dependent on each other physiologically while influencing each other pathologically. In this same way, the use of the whole herb brings greater healing power, capable of balancing the body’s emotional, mental, and physical dimensions. We cannot separate the mind, body, spirit, or social and environmental factors, from a person’s health. Failure to account for the whole system can drive short-term gains at the cost of damaging long-term health.
The Whole Body approach aims to move the entire system into homeostasis—a balanced system functioning at optimum levels. This equilibrium is accomplished through the synergetic relationship of using full-spectrum and whole herbs, as nature designed them. In the simplest of terms: The whole body becomes illuminated by the energy of the whole plant.