Power Plants Herbals is the clinical practice and product laboratory of herbalist Ray Edwards (preferred gender pronouns they/them). Ray practices a style of Western herbalism centered around plant-based medicinal interventions and holistic nutritional planning. They differ from most other healthcare providers in that each client’s unique treatment plan is created as a cooperative effort between client and practitioner.
Clinets make appointments with Ray for their expertise in treating a wide variety of health conditions. Common complaints include allergies, asthma, arthritis, colds and flus, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive issues, food intolerances, skin problems, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, hormone imbalances, migraines, and many more. They also work with clients to mitigate side effects associated with prescription drugs. Additionally, people without specific medical concerns seek Ray’s services to support their general health and well-being.
Ray worked as a researcher in psychology for several years before shifting thier focus of study to community herbalism at the Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn, NY, followed by clinical herbalism at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, CA.
Ray’s background also makes them uniquely qualified to work with clients who want to explore and nourish their mental health using herbs and nutrition. Ray casts a critical eye toward much of medical discourse around psychopathology, and instead focuses their work on understanding how systemic imbalances in the body may affect a person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Ray’s goal is to provide clients with a supportive environment for honesty and healing. They are particularly interested in working with people who identify with experiences of exclusion or oppression based on their race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability. They are also excited to be able to provide affordable healthcare to individuals who find other types of treatment cost-prohibitive.
Ray’s office is located in Queens, NY. They also work with clients located around the country via phone and videochat. Read more about their services here.