Balance Science with Tradition in Herbalism with Justin Sinclair

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Balance Science with Tradition in Herbalism with Justin Sinclair

Are we at risk of losing our identity in the traditional practice of herbal medicine?

In this episode, we were joined by Justin Sinclair to dive into the rich history of herbalism and naturopathic philosphies. This interview will have you pondering whether, in the pursuit of science and standardisation of herbal remedies, are we at risk of reductionism and losing the knowledge of the traditional preparations and applications of herbs. 

Covered in this episode

[01:02] Welcoming back Justin Sinclair
[01:54] Transition from Natural Medicine College to University setting
[03:42] Are we losing our identity?
[04:23] The notion of vital force or patient vitality
[06:08] The evidence limitations for Traditional Medicine
[10:22] Applying the Therapeutic Orders
[18:21] The dilemma of evidence-based medicine: statistical vs. clinical significance 
[30:02] We need research underpinned by naturopathic philosophy
[35:38] Balancing science with tradition
[40:56] The lost art of botany
[43:42] The origins of herbal medicine


**Currrently no transcript available for this episode


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Justin Sinclair

Justin has been involved in exploring herbal medicines from both a scientific and traditional perspective for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy from the University of New England in 2002 and his Master of Herbal Medicines from Sydney University's faculty of Pharmacy in 2004. 

He has worked as a technical consultant to the CAM industry since 2006 and worked in degree level education since 2007 teaching a wide array of subjects, from anatomy, physiology, clinical pathology and integrated pharmacology to modality specific subjects such as pharmacognosy & phytochemistry, botany and advanced herbal therapeutics.

He has been active in various professional associations, including working as an Executive Director, Board Member Advisory Committee member and Examiner for the National Herbalists Associations of Australia, and currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for United in Compassion.

He has published several chapters in leading naturopathic textbooks and articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of pain management, herbal medicine and herb/drug interactions. His current clinical and research interests include medicinal cannabis, the endocannabinoid system, plant pharmacology for pain, inflammation, physiological adaptation and immunomodulation.

Visit Justin's website here.