PhD Health Sciences & Traditional Plant Medicine Expert. MA PostGrad HSc, PhDc HSc
Sandra Clair is one of New Zealand’s most highly qualified Swiss-trained medical herbalists, a medical anthropologist (M.A.) and the founder of traditional plant medicine company Artemis. She completed a PhD in Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury in 2019, looking at the health policy challenges in regulating traditional medicines in the era of contemporary evidence-based practice and health policy.
Sandra is an expert in traditional plant medicine for self-care. She is driven by the genuine desire to make it easy and pleasurable to look after our health. Her vision is to share her proven medical knowledge of plants so that New Zealanders will discover how they can heal us and keep us well.
Growing up in Switzerland, Sandra undertook a traditional apprenticeship with Franciscan nun, midwife and medical herbalist, Sister Pauline, who connected her with the Materia Medica, a 500-year-old pharmacopeia of Traditional European Medicine.
She is a member of the NZAMH committee, aiming to help grow the professional body and promote the profession of medical herbalists. For her work at Canterbury University, she was recognised as a UC Alumni Ambassador. She actively works with media and the government to position plant medicine as an important healthcare option in New Zealand and sat on the Ministry of Health Permitted Substances Subcommittee.Meet the rest of the Expert panel