Numen: The Nature of Plants A film by Terrence Youk & Ann Armbrecht


Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, is a 75-minute documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world.

Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and thought-provoking interviews with Drs. Tiearona Lowdog and Larry Dossey, the late Bill Mitchell, ND, author Kenny Ausubel, herbalists Rosemary Gladstar, Phyllis Light and many others, the film calls for a re-awakening of traditional knowledge about plants and their uses.

Numen is for herbalists, gardeners, medical practitioners, plant lovers—and everyone concerned about human and environmental health. It offers an introduction to the following topics:

  • Whole plant medicine
  • Ecological medicine
  • Environmental toxins
  • The limits of allopathic medicine
  • Spirit and healing and more

A primary objective of Numen is to bring the same awareness to medicine and the medical industry that the organic food movement has brought to food and the food industry. The film presents a sobering view of conventional healthcare and the dangers of environmental insults, as well as a vision of safe, effective and sustainable medicine. It offers stories about how individuals have improved their own health and well-being and provides concrete steps for viewers to do so as well.

Most broadly, the film encourages viewers to think deeply about the sources of their medicine and how their healthcare choices affect themselves and the larger web of life. It inspires us all to deepen our relationship with the natural world and reminds us of the healing made possible by re-embracing our place in the wider web of life.

“The term numen is defined as “the presiding divinity or spirit of a place,” or “the spirit believed to inhabit natural objects.” It is applied in this program to plants and the value they bring to our lives. Through interviews with ethnobotanists, herbalists, naturopaths, medical doctors, and specialists in integrative medicine, viewers come to appreciate the role plants have played in our health and welfare. Before the rise of the modern pharmaceutical industry, families used herbal and plant-based medicines to cure common ills. Today, we are separated from our roots in nature, including our food. Recognizing that herbal medicine is also a business, this program makes a strong case for “whole plant medicine” as a viable alternative to today’s diet and pill-based approach to health. This is a subject that will generate thoughtful discussion; for most public libraries.” Review by Joan Greenberg

Numen: The Nature of Plants Ten min. Preview

Uploaded on Nov 1, 2009

Numen is about the healing power of plants and the natural world. Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and moving interviews with leading herbalists, doctors, ecologists and others, Numen provides a vision of healthcare rooted in the traditions of herbal medicine and offers concrete steps to improve human and environmental health.

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