MediHerb’s mission is to provide superior quality, efficacious treatment solutions to health care professionals, which Hygiology extends to patients through the Questionnaire process. MediHerb have upwards of twenty herbalists and naturopaths working in various areas of the organisation, practitioners working in the field every week. The practical nature of the organisation ensures an approach informed by current health issues.
MediHerb's quality commitment is evidenced by a rigorous sourcing and testing process, extending from the raw materials used through to the in-depth research and development of herbal extracts, their active constituents and therapeutic applications.
Working with herbs to consistently manufacture high quality products is not a simple process. Plants are naturally complex and therefore, the quality of a product can have enormous variations, presenting a continual challenge.
Endangered and Threatened Medicinal Plants
MediHerb take immediate action when presented with information regarding a “threatened” herb. With respect to the “threatened” classification of wildcrafted herbs, this isn’t an official determination, but one made by MediHerb based on info from independent sources including CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora), TRAFFIC (Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network) and United Plant Savers.
Unique Extraction Process
MediHerb’s 1:2 Cold Percolation method is unique; no heat or concentration is used, as both can damage plant’s delicate material. Great care is taken to prevent contamination from outside sources through the entire extraction process. For clarity, all extraction equipment is designed and built from stainless steel, and the air used in the manufacturing complex is thoroughly cleansed using pharmaceutical standard filtering units.
Mediherb use only two other raw materials in manufacturing our herbal extracts, ethanol and purified water. Both are chosen carefully to ensure a most efficacious product and to meet pharmaceutical standards and specifications.
Ethanol is essential to extract the full phytochemical profile of the plant, something that cannot be achieved using water or glycerol alone. For hundreds of years ethanol has been used in herbal extraction - old herbal texts discuss steeping herbs in wine over long periods. The human liver is naturally conditioned to metabolise small amounts of ethanol from ripe fruit and naturally fermented food. Any toxic effects from ethanol are dose-related - there is minimal risk of potential ethanol toxicity with herbal extracts due to the low daily dosage required.
The raw materials that go into MediHerb products are sourced worldwide – approximately 40% from Australia / New Zealand.