HGI believes in an integrated, holistic and cross-cultural approach to health. HGI does not consider using herbs as a substitute to pharmaceutical medications, but instead aims to objectively share knowledge on the available spectrum of treatment options for different diseases.
To that end, the research institute facilitates discussions among researchers, natural medicine practitioners, and community elders about different treatments of disease, the science behind the use of medicinal plants, and recent developments in the field. The institute will also produce a monthly online newsletter.
The garden on King Street is connected to the Stone Soup Aquaponics Greenhouse, whereby year-round planting techniques are scientifically tested.
We are currently developing capacity to conduct botanical experimentation and phytochemical analysis of medicinal plants, in collaboration with local and international institutions.