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“Our passion at MediHerb is to unlock the healing power of plants by combining the time-honored wisdom of traditional knowledge with sound clinical experience and the rigor of scientific research. This quest can only be attained by the total commitment to quality and continuous improvement, which permeates every aspect of our endeavors”.     
Associate Professor Kerry Bone,  MediHerb’s Co-Founder

Total Commitment to Quality
The philosopher and teacher Rudolf Steiner once said, “For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure. I believe that there is a healing potential locked inside plants which is integral with their evolution, just as it is part of human evolution to learn to tap this wonderful gift of Nature.”

The Health Professional’s Company
A key part of MediHerb’s success is that it recognizes the importance of having health professionals in key areas of the organization – over 20 naturopaths and master herbalists have roles within new product development, technical writing, laboratory, clinical support and senior management. These health care professionals, including Kerry Bone, continue to see patients in their own clinics every week keeping them in touch with current health issues. This means that we know from our own hands-on experience how the MediHerb products work and can provide health care professionals and their patients with guidance and education. There are over 20 naturopaths and master herbalists within Mediherb.

Redefining Quality
MediHerb’s commitment to quality is evidenced in every aspect of our business, from the rigorous sourcing and testing of herbs and the in-depth research and development of herb active constituents and therapeutic applications, to the development of manufacturing and extraction processes that have revolutionized the herbal products industry. In 20 years of operation, MediHerb has not only demonstrated an unwavering commitment to quality in herbal products, we have redefined it. We believe that our approach to quality sets a standard for herbal products that is unsurpassed in the world today.

Quality Issues with Herbs
Working with herbs to consistently manufacture high quality products is not easy as plants are naturally complex and the quality of a finished product can vary enormously, presenting MediHerb with continual challenges. These challenges are numerous, and include the inherent biological and chemical variability of herbs, the influences on quality of growing, harvesting, drying and storage, extraction of the herb, stability and the ultimate problem of defining quality in a meaningful way.

Put simply – Not all herbal products are the same. Not all herbs contain the same levels of active constituents. Not all herbs are grown or harvested or dried or stored in the same way. Not all herb growers’, suppliers’, or manufacturers’ standards are the same and not all methods to determine quality are the same.

Sourcing of Herbs

MediHerb is the largest purchaser and processing plant of herbs in Australia and since the beginning we have actively sought the best quality herbs from around the world. Our long-standing relationships with herb growers include technical assistance on how best to grow herbs.

This includes information on:

        • Varietal selection
        • Climatic and soil requirements
        • Time of harvest
        • Harvesting techniques
        • Drying parameters
        • Storage requirements post-drying
        • Providing feedback to growers on herb quality 

By working with herb growers in this way, we have been able to increase the level of knowledge and awareness of issues affecting herb quality. 

Wherever possible we aim to source organically grown and wildcrafted herbs, and also work with growers to help cultivate endangered species, for example Golden Seal. We are very fortunate in Australia to have healthy soils and a wonderful climate for herb growing, so many of the herbs used in MediHerb products are from local growers. We also source herbs from overseas where the climatic conditions and specific handling requirements are the optimum, for example Devil’s Claw from the Kalahari Desert and Cat’s Claw from Peru. It is particularly important for these indigenous communities who depend on the income of the herb crops for their well-being that they understand the quality issues and how best to grow or sustainably harvest the herb. Together we can ensure that they will sell their crops and provide income for their community.