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Interview with Professor Bonn

The effect of wood and herbs

On the trail of nature. The Austrian Drug Screening Institute (ADSI) at the University of Innsbruck under the direction of o.Univ.Prof.Mag. Dr.Dr.h.c. Günther Bonn has made this its motto. With state-of-the-art screening procedures, this renowned research institute identifies and extracts active ingredients in plants and herbs thus supporting the industry in the field of phytopharmaceuticals, phytocosmetics, and phytonutrients. 

With the installation of the Michael Popp Institute – also at the University of Innsbruck – the so-called “Phytovalley Tyrol” was created, which is doing pioneering work and enjoys the highest recognition worldwide.

JOURNAL: Professor Bonn, you use nature’s intelligence. How exactly does that work?

BONN: First of all, you have to track down and discover this intelligence in nature. In fact, this is the greatest challenge, because the active substances that are really interesting and valuable to us often occur in very low concentrations. With our methods and procedures, it is possible to find these substances and put them to use.  

Speaking of discovery: how much do we actually know about plants and herbs today?

Actually still relatively little. There are around 400,000 plant species in the world, just 5%-10% of which have been chemically and pharmacologically researched. In the meantime, however, we have modern methods of analysis at our disposal and are expanding our knowledge daily. But that is not the only reason why this topic has a future.

What is another reason?

People have developed a different awareness and appreciation of nature and its healing powers. The events of the past weeks will further support this. This is just the right time to discuss and deal with the topic of nature more deliberately and consciously as is done at MalisGarten. I believe in this concept. 

What distinguishes MalisGarten?

We are currently experiencing a time of reflection and slowing down. At MalisGarten, herbs, plants, and nature in general are made available and tangible and the beauty of it all: they appeal to all the senses.

What does that mean?

The healing powers and positive aspects of nature are used holistically and purposefully at MalisGarten. They take effect on the body from the outside as well as from the inside and can thus unfold their full natural power. 

From the outside as well as inside?

Exactly. One example is natural cosmetics, which are tailored to the individual needs of each guest and do the body good from the outside. Then there are culinary delights made with a variety of herbs, which in turn provide well-being from the inside. And all of this happens in a natural setting with lots of wood, which creates a special atmosphere. It all comes down to one common factor: relaxation and culinary enjoyment lead to holistic well-being.

You are downright enthusiastic about this concept.

I am convinced that each guest at MalisGarten will return to their everyday life full of fresh energy. I support this concept as a scientist, because I have seen that people have been honestly living this vision with conviction for a long time and have established a trend-setting natural concept. This basic idea of bringing nature closer to people complements the “Phytovalley Tyrol” in a special way and fits perfectly into our beautiful area.

What wood does to the bodyaccording to the Joanneum Research Institute

» Wood causes the heart rate to drop after a few minutes.
» In rooms made of wood, the stress level is measurably lower than in rooms made from other building materials.
» People can use their biological resources better.
» Circulation is significantly less burdened.
» The climate-regulating properties of wood allow people to recover more quickly from mental stress.
» Wood isolates electromagnetic waves.

o.Univ.Prof.Mag. Dr.Dr.h.c. Günther Bonn

Director of the Austrian Drug Screening Institute (ADSI) at the University of Innsbruck. Well-known international companies in the fields of nutrition (Ricola), natural cosmetics (Weleda), and pharmacy (Bionorica) trust the expertise of this experienced Innsbruck scientist.