Terezija Nikoli? is a Slovenian herbalist that has been working in Ljubljana’s central market for around 30 years. She is well known in the city for her knowledge about traditional healing through medicinal herbs. This popular practice has been loosing space to the increasing use of conventional medicine and to the pharmaceutical industry lobby.
On 2004, the ‘European directive on traditional herbal medicines’ was implemented to standardize medicinal herb products through the EU countries, creating a regulatory process for herbal medicine similar to the one used for conventional medication. It’s measures have been completely adopted by 1st May 2011.
The legislation represents a challenge to herbal practitioners, since meeting the licensing requirements for safety and quality for herbal medicines would require a high cost of testing. In this context, many plants used by the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda (Indian Medicine) as well as Western herbs can be banned.
In this short documentary produced during YEFF! Film Forum for Cultural Diversity, we get to know more about Terezija and how her ‘business’ has been changing during the years.