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PARACELSUS HERB GARDEN
at The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine was constructed primarily for CCNM students to identify medicinal herbs studied in class. The garden is also open to the community as a resource for learning about herbal medicine, and a place of peace, relaxation and communion with nature.
There are currently more than 200 plants; eventually all plants studied in the naturopathic course curriculum will be represented. Plant uses are specific to different medical traditions including Traditional Western, Traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Native American and modern phyto-pharmaceutical medicine. Each plant has been carefully chosen for its medicinal qualities.
- The garden is named after Swiss doctor, Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim Paracelsus, whose teachings and practices influenced the practice of medicine during the 16th century and beyond.
- The inner meditation garden contains a wetland feature, waterfall and pond with aquatic plants. A portion of this acts as a biological filter to attract non-plant species to make their home in or near the water, which, in turn, strengthens the plants in the ecosystem.
- CCNM students planted the garden and researched the information for each plant's information plaque.
- Information plaques accompany each plant and state the plant's habitat, origin, active constituents and usage through a quiz format.
- Christopher Sowton ND, Professor of Homeopathic Medicine at CCNM, designed the garden and acted as project manager.
- The funds used to create the garden came from a generous donation from a college supporter.
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