Meet Chanchal

Photo of Chanchal CabreraChanchal lives with her husband Thierry Vrain in Courtenay on Vancouver Island in BC where they cultivate vegetables and herbs on 7 acres and are building a healing garden retreat center. Visit to read more about this.

Chanchal has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists since 1987 and obtained her MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003. She has an extensive background in orthomolecular nutrition and allergy therapy as well as clinical aromatherapy.

Chanchal has held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004 and she serves on the board of advisors of Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby. She publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health.


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Consulting Services

Chanchal Cabrera is available for consulting services in the following areas:

Natural Medicine News

Eat Your Veggies – It Could Save Your Life

Researchers at The School of Public Health, Imperial College , London published a meta analysis in the International Journal of Epidemiology this week stating that  eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths. summary article below by Kate … Read More

Chanchal's Blog

T Cell

Herbal Support for Immunotherapies

Mori, L., De Libero, G. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ of MR1T cells. Nat Immunol 21, 108–110 (2020). An exciting new finding in immunology offers hope for a brand new cancer treatment in the future. In an article published last week in Nature … Read More

Classes, Workshops & Events

Collaborative Oncology: A Phytotherapy Perspective @ Ottawa
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day

This is the first of two part workshop: The first part includes:

  • What cancer is, how it starts, how it progresses, what goes wrong and what can be done to counteract the aberrant cell behaviors
  • Cancer prevention and immune building protocols
  • Why the liver is so important and how to support it
  • Immune system in cancer – Materia Medica for building the foundation (adaptogens, alteratives and immune tonics)
  • How to read blood work and pathology reports
  • Other ways of testing


Early Bird Register before January 15th $325.00 plus HST

Student (You must provide proof) $325.00 plus HST

After January 15th $425.00 plus HST

To register

call Ottawa Holistic Wellness at 613-230-0998

or email

Location: Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Ottawa 2148 Carling Avenue, Suite 204

Qualicum Beach garden club
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am

Talk on medicines from common garden plants – peony, hydrangea, rose, rosemary and more.

Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, Black Mountain, NC
May 29 – Jun 1 all-day

Over forty presentations plus medicine-making classes and forest herb walks.

Early bird registration March 4.  CE credits for nurses, acupuncturists and naturopathic physicians. Info 541-482-3016 or

Chanchal is teaching on :

Rubefacients and Vulneraries—Topical Herbal Applications
Chronic Skin Conditions: Case Review of Seborrheic Dermatitis


Keynote Address: Nature, Spirit, Medicine—Using Biophilia Practice and Shinrin Yoku for Personal and Planetary Healing

Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden Weekend Workshop with Dr Rosita Arvigo @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm

Please Note :

  • Non-refundable deposit of $40 CAD due on registration (Friday program only requires $20 CAD deposit)
  • Balance due in full by April 15th in order to receive a complimentary signed copy of Rosita’s most recent book The Urban Herbalist (value $33 CAD)
  • Balances due in full by May 15th if you do not wish to receive a book

Choose one program option //  (all prices include GST)

  • Friday evening lecture and slide show: $45 CAD
  • Saturday all-day: $160 CAD
  • Discounted Package: Friday evening and Saturday all-day: $195 CAD
  • Arvigo® Practitioner Sunday*: $115 CAD
  • Discounted Arvigo® Practitioner Full Weekend*: $330 CAD

(*) program open to Arvigo® practitioners who are current MAIA members only

For Full Info and for Registration Form please click here!

October 26 and 27
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day

American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine (ACVBM)
For more information, click here

Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA)
For more information, click here

Collaborative Oncology: A Phytotherapy Perspective
Nov 20 2020 – Sep 23 2021 all-day