Christopher Reilly, L.Ac., MSA
Licensed Acupuncturist | Chinese Herbalist
Co-Founder: Integrative Herbals, Inc.
During my undergraduate work in Biology at the University of Virginia I was introduced to medicinal and edible plants by a close friend. Countless hikes, camping trips and mentors later, I stand more in awe than ever at the pulse of life that connects stream, land and plant. The gifts of the natural world run deeper and wider than even our most gifted of poets can contain. The drive to share those gifts with those around me has become both a personal and professional mission.
In my training to become an acupuncturist at Bastyr University, the Chinese traditions of herbalism was a natural fit. This tradition is one of the oldest, most comprehensive and well-preserved fields of herbalism in the world for good reason. Over thousands of years, the Chinese Materia Medica grew to staggering proportions to include many hundreds of herbs in near limitless combinations. The practice of combining multiple herbs in a directed and balanced way to create a formula that is more than the sum of its parts is at the heart of my herbal practice.
I finished my Master’s degree in Acupuncture and certification in Chinese Herbalism in 2001 and 2002. After completing a one year Residency in Seattle, I moved to Upstate New York and joined in the formation of an integrative medical center, where I have practiced acupuncture and herbs since. Dr. Korey DiRoma joined the practice nearly a decade ago, and instantly impressed us with his very scientific, effective and practical approach to herbology and natural medicine.
For over 15 years, my understanding and use of herbal therapies has grown and been enhanced by working closely with experts in Western Herbalism, Naturopathic herbalism, Ayurveda and other rich and time-tested herbal traditions.
During those years of practice, we found areas where available products were not adequate to the needs of our patients. In a private integrative practice there is one standard that dominates all others: results. In most cases I would need to create a custom herbal formula for my clients that would have to be ordered, mixed, and although affordable by most standards, would cost more than a ready-made formula could be sold for.
Dr. DiRoma and I knew what herbs to use, but we couldn’t find them all together in the right proportions, and at an affordable price. We put our heads together, and Integrative Herbals, LLC was born. We have been using ViraDefend™ in our practice for several years now, and have been very impressed with its consistent and positive performance for our clients suffering from, or trying to prevent viral infections. Having proven itself in our own practice, we are now very excited and honored to offer ViraDefend™ to the public as a product we stand behind firmly with confidence and pride.