Our Founder


The Urban Apothecary founder Talal Al-Hamad

Our founder Talal Al-Hamad is a man of many talents. He is an herbalist with a diverse background in many natural healing modalities. He utilizes a unique east meets west approach to imbalances and disease, with great efficacy. He has been a student of various holistic modalities including:

-Traditional Western Herbalism
-Islamic Herbalism & Unani medicine
-Flower essence therapy & Aromatherapy
-Yoga (Pranayama, Mudras & Asana)

His initial interest into holistic healing was due to several health issues that plagued him. Being completely dissatisfied with the answers and results allopathic medicine had to offer he set off on a personal transformative journey to seek out the true cause for his imbalances. This journey led to a period of deep study and personal growth as he foraged the plains of holistic healing to find his purpose. Without fail the path always led back to the power of nature, to the plants themselves. He loved the idea of not relying on anyone to manufacture his remedies (as homeopaths often do), and felt very empowered and connected with his own remedies. Their results were powerful and had little to no side effects. It was then he knew that herbal medicine was his path in life.

His formal education includes training at Dominion Herbal College and Chakrapani Ayurveda Institute (India). He also completed an intensive 2 year clinical herbalist diploma program, for his clinical certification.

In addition to his training, Talal has also spent many years of intense self study, immersing himself in the works of great herbalists such as: Michael Moore, Robert Bartlett, Manfred Junius, David Hoffman, Donald Yance, Horatio C Wood Jr, Ryan Drum, Nicholas Culpeper, Jean Dubuis, Hollandus, Jabir Bin Hayan, Al Razi, Avicenna  and many more.

Today, Talal  has earned a reputation as a multi faceted East meets West herbalist – keen on exploring the boundaries of medicine making through the lost art of Alchemy. He is also becoming well known for his efforts in bringing greater awareness of Islamic/Arabic & Unani medicine to the West.

Talal is a Registered Herbalist and a professional member of The American Herbalists Guild (AHG) & The BC Herbalists Association (BCHA) . He is currently a governing council member of the AHG as well an independent author/contributor & researcher for The Herbal Academy. He works with people and animals & uses multiple modalities but is an herbalist at heart. In addition to teaching at international symposiums, his articles have also been featured in magazines such as Ayurveda Mantra & Tonic Toronto.

Herbalist by day and jazz guitarist / fanatical foodie by night, Talal has an innate passion for healing and has devoted his life to developing his treatment protocols and furthering his knowledge of medicinal herbs. Having conquered his own health challenges with his knowledge, it is easy to see how his passion for healing others is truly sincere.

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