The Herbalista Free Clinic provides free herbal care via our mobile clinics, the Herb Bus and the Herb Cart, to underserved communities in Atlanta and around the country. In addition to our clinical services we also offer herbal education, training other herbalists on how they can start up mobile clinics in their neck of the woods.
If you are interested in starting a mobile clinic of your own or offering free herbal care in your community, check out this free webinar we did a few years back describing some of the nuts and bolts of our service on the Herb Bus.
If you are in need of services, please consider visiting our monthly Herbalista Community Health Fair or the Herbalista Community Clinic, a sliding scale clinic in East Atlanta. We have also posted a resource list of other Free and Low Cost Clinics in the Atlanta area. This listing has both conventional western care clinics as well as holistic and mental health resources.
While the Herb Bus focuses on serving the homeless and other vulnerable populations, we recognize that under the current structure of healthcare in the U.S., WE ARE ALL underserved. So long as our medical and governmental structure prioritizes pharmaceutical medicine and surgical intervention, the people are being denied their right to health. Herb and food based tonic therapy have been a necessary part of our evolution and survival as a species. Access to healthcare is a human right and the Herbalista Free Clinic’s mission is to defend this basic right by nurturing the health of the people who live across this broad and beautiful land.
The founder of the Herbalista Health Network, Lorna Mauney-Brodek, was raised “Americana” and practices a blend of Western Herbalism, Chinese 5 Phase, Ayurveda, southern folk and kitchen medicine in a clinical setting. We are herbalists, not licensed medical doctors, and do not diagnose or prescribe. Our visitors/patients understand that the herbs and other recommendations they receive are traditionally considered safe and assume all responsibility for decisions they make regarding their health. We work WITH our patients and value an open, honest dialogue about their current concerns and health goals. We do our best to help them achieve those goals.
In an effort to increase the number of clinics making similar offerings, we offer education around the country, teaching the Herbalista method to nurture and support the dreams of other herbalists to serve in their local communities. We have written and freely published numerous manuals on our work, in hopes of spreading the health . These manuals include details on our practices and protocols, including example forms, supply lists, and more.
While this project is a most certainly a labor of love, community support is vital to making our work a sustainable endeavor. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project herbally, inspirationally, creatively, organizationally, economically, logistically, and all the rest of it too!!
We thank our fiscal sponsor MPowerNow. All donations to the Herbalista Free Clinic are tax deductible. If you are interested in supporting the bus, please click here.
Viva la Herb Bus!