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.

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

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

The Guardian newspaper in England this week reported on a new book that is re-writing the narrative on depression. Moving beyond the simple black and white thinking of mental illness as a neurotransmitter defect that can be corrected by … Read More

Classes, Workshops & Events

Collaborative Oncology – A Phytotherapy Perspective (Level 2) @ Pacific Rim College, Victoria, BC
Feb 3 – Feb 4 all-day

Building on the depth and detail of level one, this two-day intensive will give practical guidelines and protocols for managing cases.

  • Why surgery is not always recommended
  • Specific tests for specific cancers and specific drugs and herbs
  • Coping with chemo
  • The value of intermittent fasting
  • How to delay and reduce Cachexia
  • Topical treatments for skin cancer, radiation burns, pain and more
  • Materia Medica for cancer – the cyto-toxic herbs
Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine @ Tempe, Arizona
Apr 6 – Apr 8 all-day

Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine
Early bird registration March 1.

CE credits for health professionals.

(541) 482-3016.

Clinic Preparation Intensive @ Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Pre-requisite for entering student clinic practicum Student Clinic handbook review SOAP guidelines Case taking and Interview techniques Case report template Screening Physical exam, Red flags in clinic Record keeping & case management Confidentiality and privacy law

The Kootenay Herb Conference @ Slocan Valley, BC
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day
Herb Camp: Clinical Phytotherapy Summer Camp @ Innisfree Farm
Aug 9 – Aug 12 all-day
Herb Camp: Clinical Phytotherapy Summer Camp @ Innisfree Farm | Courtenay | British Columbia | Canada

A Meeting of the Minds

A Four Day Retreat for Practitioners and Senior Students

Facilitated by DAVID WINSTON RH(AHG) clinical herbalist
and Chanchal Cabrera MSc, FNIMH medical herbalist

  • Round table discussions of clinical applications and therapeutic strategies
  • Case studies and practice management
  • Formulating and prescribing
  • Herb walks and materia medica
  • Plant attunement and Goethean study of herbs.
  • Also enjoy yoga and breath work, the labyrinth,
    swimming in the pond, a camp fire, delicious home cooking featuring vegetables from the garden.
  • Peaceful country se ng in a botanic & herb garden. Camping on-site or stay in near-by guest houses

PRICE: $600 + GST // 10% saving if paid in full by April 1st.

Lunches available $15 each

Camping $20 per person per night

“Botanicals at the Beach”  herb symposium @ Whidbey Island, WA
Aug 23 – Aug 26 all-day