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The Lilium Initiative was born in Peg Schafer’s 9-month apprenticeship program in 2018. At the end of this incubation, a dedicated group of acupuncturists, farmers, gardeners, students of Chinese medicine, website designers, and writers emerged with a longing to be part of the movement for locally and sustainably grown Asian herbs. They felt a great respect for the wisdom of Chinese pharmacology and herbology and at the same time a growing concern for the environmental impacts on the medicine with reports of over-harvesting, questionable organic growing practices, and the the growing demand for Asian medicinal herbs worldwide. They saw the need for more U.S. farmers to learn to grow sustainable, chemical-free, medicinally potent, Chinese herbs to help supplement the growing market. They also desired to connect these farmers to the Chinese medicine practitioners, herbalists and vendors that are committed to providing their clients with the highest quality herbs. This common goal brought them together and is the foundation of the Lilium Initiative.
In the United States we are fortunate to have access to the wisdom of China's ancient traditional medicine; especially the herb medicine of this discipline. Many of us have had incredible breakthroughs in our health with the support of Chinese medicine practitioners.
There are, however, some ongoing concerns that merit attention: unsustainable wild collecting causing some herbs in China to become endangered or scarce; import and export bans effectively removing certain herbs from the U.S. pharmacopoeia; large-scale agro-industrial chemical farming methods that deviate from traditional and natural ecologically-based cultivation practices as well as repeated long-distance supply chain failures that foster the all-too-familiar herb adulteration, pesticide and heavy metal issues. Costs, due to many factors, remain unstable owing to over harvesting, hoarding and international trade issues.
We are in an era of rapid changes. The worldwide popularity of Chinese medicine is growing. This means the demand for Chinese herbal medicine has expanded not just in Asia, but also in Europe, Africa and the U.S. This is at a time when some of the herbs are already over-harvested or endangered. Thus, as consumers of Chinese herbal medicine in the United States, at this time in our global crises of climate change and species loss, we have a responsibility to contribute to the conservation of these species. Conscientious domestic production of these medicinal plants will alleviate the majority of these issues and will not only preserve the true gift of traditional Chinese herbal medicine for practitioners and patients, but also aid in the conservation of species under pressure. The Lilium Initiative is fortunate to foster an exceptional medicinal herb collection and is happy to make this resource available to our domestic supply chain.
Through supporting American-based farmers, Chinese herb practitioners can reach the highest possible standards of safety, efficacy and sustainability. In addition, they are setting a standard of natural farming, minimal shipping and responsible environmental stewardship that will hopefully encourage similar efforts worldwide.
To learn more about the Lilium Initiative, please visit their website at https://liliuminitiative.org/home
Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum morifolium) (Out of Stock)
Huang Qin (Scutellaria baicalensis) (3rd Year Root) (Out of Stock)