Sandra Clair

M.A., Post. Grad. Dip. Health Science, PhD Candidate

Founder of Artemis

Sandra Clair grew up in Switzerland where plant medicine is a living medical tradition.

She completed an MA at the University of Berne, Switzerland, with an interdisciplinary master thesis in Medical Anthropology and History. As her passion and enthusiasm for plant medicine deepened she undertook a three year apprenticeship and learned centuries old traditional medicine with a renowned traditional Swiss herbalist, midwife and nun. She continued her studies at the University of New England, NSW, with a graduate diploma in health science (herbal medicine) and completed post-graduate studies in health science at the University of Canterbury relating to research into CAM.

She was awarded a scholarship to undertake a doctoral thesis into the relevance of traditional evidence in the context of evidence-based medicine and regulations. She is the founder of the traditional medicine company Artemis.

Wildcrafting: threat and ethics

Approximately half of all medical plants on the market and two-thirds of all plant species are harvested from the wild. Wildcrafting underpins not only the manufacturing of traditional medicines it is also essential for our profession as without access to specific traditional remedies we are unable to prescribe specific treatments.

This talks will highlight the threats to wild plants in an agricultural landscape as well as ethical considerations when harvesting.