30 episodes

Herbal Explorations: The Business of Herbs & Botanicals is a podcast by Wilson Lau of Nuherbs. This is a series of meaningful conversations with other herbal (Traditional Chinese Medicine/agricultural/nutraceutical/wellness) professionals. The topics covered everything from ingredient availability and product formulation to supply chain management and Federal regulations.

Herbal Explorations: The Business of Herbs and Botanicals Wilson Lau, Nuherbs

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Herbal Explorations: The Business of Herbs & Botanicals is a podcast by Wilson Lau of Nuherbs. This is a series of meaningful conversations with other herbal (Traditional Chinese Medicine/agricultural/nutraceutical/wellness) professionals. The topics covered everything from ingredient availability and product formulation to supply chain management and Federal regulations.

    Part 1: How The Herbal Industry Can Start to Address Climate Change | Dr. Holly Johnson

    Part 1: How The Herbal Industry Can Start to Address Climate Change | Dr. Holly Johnson

    In this episode, Wilson speaks to Dr. Holly Johnson, the Chief Science Officer of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).  Last season, Holly and Wilson discussed the importance of AHPA’s Tonnage Study. They are back to start season two with the conversations that happened around sustainability at AHPA’s 10th Botanical Congress. In this episode:



    0:52:  Climate Change is Real – And It’s Affecting Your Herbal Supply Chain



    2:10: How Gen Z and Younger Generations are Combating Climate Change



    3:43:  The Future - It’s Here Now



    4:20:  How to Conduct an Environmental Audit of Your Organization



    5:48:  Looking at Sustainability Through Socioeconomic Lens



    9:26:  Energy Consumption, Emissions and Examples



    11:42:  Going Beyond Good Intentions - Finding the Right Partners



    14:14:  Question: How Do We Really Measure Our Impact?



    16:06:  From Growth to Cultivation - The Many Factors that Affect Sustainability



    Find the video and full transcript: https://nuherbs.com/resources/how-the-herbal-industry-can-start-to-address-climate-change-sustainability-part-1



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    • 18 min
    Part 2: How The Herbal Industry Can Start to Address Climate Change | Dr. Holly Johnson

    Part 2: How The Herbal Industry Can Start to Address Climate Change | Dr. Holly Johnson

    Part two of our interview with Dr. Holly Johnson, the Chief Science Officer of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).  In this episode, Wilson and Holly discuss the following:



    1:20:  Climate Change is affecting the way we grow and harvest.



    2:58:  High Temps in the Pacific Northwest decrease the yield of valerian root.



    4:12:  Be the bestie to your farmer or supplier before it’s too late.



    8:35:  Growing location affects phytochemical profile.



    12:53:  Protecting wild populations from decline with CITES.



    17:41:  Preserve wildcrafting: wildcrafters are underpaid and leaving the industry.



    23:59:  How do we bring more value to wildcrafters?



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    • 30 min
    Part 1: Changing Climate, Changing Supply: How Regulation and Availability are Disrupting the Supply Chain. | Suzanne Shelton

    Part 1: Changing Climate, Changing Supply: How Regulation and Availability are Disrupting the Supply Chain. | Suzanne Shelton

    In this episode, Suzanne Shelton of the Shelton Group interviews Wilson Lau on his thoughts about sustainability.  In this episode, they discuss:



    2:04:  Five macro themes that impact the future of our food supply chain.



    4:09: How do we avoid global famines?



    7:10:  Proof that climate change is real.



    9:48:  Extreme weather impacts the cost of business.



    14:09: We have to invest in a way that is profitable and sustainable in the long term.



    16:18:  The impacts disease can have on productivity.



    20:10:  Have we seen the last pandemic?



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    • 21 min
    Part 2: Changing Climate, Changing Supply: How Regulation and Availability are Disrupting the Supply Chain. | Suzanne Shelton

    Part 2: Changing Climate, Changing Supply: How Regulation and Availability are Disrupting the Supply Chain. | Suzanne Shelton

    In this episode, Suzanne Shelton, of the Shelton Group, interviews Wilson Lau, on his thoughts about sustainability.  In this episode, they discuss:



    1:26:  Finding the greatest impact:  global change or local change



    3:42:  Shortening the food supply chain.



    5:33:  The impact of technology on pesticides.



    7:57:  Eliminating food waste - is it worth the cost?



    14:51:  Are Synthetic botanicals the future of our food?



    16:38:  Wildcrafting is becoming a thing of the past.



    20:21:  The need for a more equitable supply chain.



    22:24: Technology can provide a measurable and positive outlook on sustainability.



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    • 26 min
    Part 1: Adaptogens 101: What They Are, How They Work and Their Potential Benefits | David Winston

    Part 1: Adaptogens 101: What They Are, How They Work and Their Potential Benefits | David Winston

    Intro/Overview



    In this episode, Wilson speaks to David Winston of Herbalist & Alchemist, who is the world’s leading expert on adaptogens. In this episode, they discuss:



    2:00: The history of adaptogens.



    3:00: The historical definition of what an adaptogen is.



    4:40: Practitioners still use old definitions of adaptogens.



    5:30: We need to define adaptogens correctly. There are only 9.



    6:12: Classifying other herbs with adaptogenic properties.



    7:46: Using adaptogens in marketing messages.



    9:00: The nine plants that are actually adaptogens.



    11:12: Herbs and plants that are possible adaptogens, but more research is needed.



    12:20: What truly makes a herb or plant an adaptogen.



    13:25: How adaptogens also work on a cellular level.



    16:55: Secondary sets of adaptogen characteristics.



    19:27: TCM, Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, Campo, Jamu, Sidha, Tibetan medicine, physiomedicalism, herbs are used in complex formulas.



    20:00: People are complex, and have complex problems, compounding herbs is key.



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    • 21 min
    Part 2: The Power of Adaptogens: Unlocking Their Potential for Better Health | David Winston

    Part 2: The Power of Adaptogens: Unlocking Their Potential for Better Health | David Winston

    Intro/Overview



    In this episode, Wilson speaks to David Winston of Herbalist & Alchemist, who is the world’s leading expert on adaptogens. In this episode, they discuss:





    0:18: How practitioners can best help their patients understand the use of adaptogens.



    1:15: Energetics, primary and secondary uses. Look at each adaptogen, and if it

    makes sense for you.



    6:11: Treating the person, not the problem.



    7:33: Treating people with chronic stress, the rise in interest in adaptogens.



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    • 17 min

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