Chanchal has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) since 1987 and obtained her MSc in herbal medicine at the University of Wales in 2003. Her clinical specialty is helping people manage cancer and chronic disease. Chanchal has held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004. She serves on the board of advisors of Dominion Herbal College in Burnaby, on the editorial board of Medical Herbalism clinical newsletter and she publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health. Chanchal is the author of the book ‘Fibromyalgia – A Journey Toward Healing’ published by Contemporary Books. She is a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist. Chanchal is trained in Inquiry Based Science Education and holds diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and in Botanic Garden Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
- Member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and practicing medical herbalist since 1988. Made a Fellow in 2009
- Masters of Science in herbal medicine 2003 (University of Wales)
- Established the Clinical Herbal Therapist training at Dominion Herbal College in 1990 and was instrumental in opening and operating Canada’s first full time 3 year training in herbal medicine at Wild Rose College in 1993.
- Faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster since 2004.
- Sat on committees within Health Canada from 1996 – 2002, establishing national regulation of natural medicines
- Certified as a master Gardener, a Horticulture Therapist and in Inquiry Based Science Education
- Diplomas in Botanic Garden Management and in Botanic Garden Education from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband run Gardens without Borders, a 7 acre botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants. They grow food for 20 households, culinary herbs for restaurants and medicinal herbs for her clinic. They also run therapy gardens for people with disabilities and host internships in organic farming and herbal medicine. In 2009 Chanchal was honored with a Fellowship in the NIMH for service to the profession over 25 years.