Homeobotanicals &
The Herbal Energy Centre

Discover the Power of Homeobotanicals

Curious about the wonders of Homeobotanical Therapy? Allow us to take you on an enlightening journey into this extraordinary system of formulas, cultivated right here in New Zealand by the visionary Brian Murray in the early 1980s.

Recognizing the financial constraints faced by many clients unable to afford expensive herbal tinctures prescribed by practitioners, Murray embarked on a quest for a more accessible solution. And so, the captivating world of Homeobotanicals was born—a range of formulas meticulously crafted to aid practitioners in achieving exceptional clinical outcomes.

What began as a modest assortment of basic formulas has evolved into the remarkable and comprehensive collection we proudly offer today. The Homeobotanical range embodies a cost-effective approach, benefiting both practitioners and their clients. At its core lies the belief that everyone deserves affordable and accessible healthcare, empowering the broader community through their trusted practitioners.

Intriguingly, it was Bernadette Bekker’s personal journey that led her to the realm of Homeobotanical Therapy. In 1996, faced with her own health challenges, she discovered the transformative potential of these therapies. Witnessing the remarkable improvements in her own well-being, Bernadette seamlessly integrated Homeobotanical Therapy into her clinical practice, making it an integral part of her approach to holistic healing.

Today, we invite you to delve into the world of Homeobotanicals, where ancient wisdom meets modern innovation. Experience the power of these extraordinary formulas, meticulously designed to bring harmony and vitality to your life. Join the countless practitioner who have unlocked the potential of Homeobotanical Therapy under the expert guidance of Bernadette Bekker, and let your wellness journey take flight.

What is Homeobotanical Therapy?

  • Energy medicine
  • Utilizes a Mix and Match system
  • Designed to be part of your treatment plan
  • Covers many healthcare applications
  • Formulas are suitable for all ages
  • Therapeutics based on homeopathic and botanical indications

In some countries Homeobotanical therapy has been known as Dynamic Phytotherapy 

When making an appointment with your practitioner remember to check:

  • Your Practitioner does dispense Homeobotanicals
  • What other supportive therapies are offered

Homeobotanical consultations should included a detailed health assessment


The Herbal Energy Centre

Meet Bernadette Bekker, the dynamic force behind The Herbal Energy Centre. With a passion for holistic health and an impressive array of qualifications, Bernadette has been leading the company since 2007, making it a haven for natural wellness enthusiasts.

As a skilled practitioner in Homeobotanical Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy, and Aromatherapy, Bernadette brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as Owner and Managing Director. Not one to simply oversee operations from afar, she actively participates in the day-to-day management of the Herbal Energy Centre, ensuring that every client receives exceptional care.

But Bernadette’s impact extends far beyond the walls of her clinic. Since 2010, she has spearheaded a remarkable transformation of the Homeobotanical range, giving it a vibrant new identity. Her dedication to advancing the field led her to co-author the influential Materia Medica and Repertory for Homeobotanical Therapy text, a groundbreaking resource released in March 2014. Additionally, Bernadette has crafted the comprehensive Advanced Certificate Course in Homeobotanical Therapy, empowering practitioners to reach new heights in their careers.

Recognized for her exceptional leadership skills, Bernadette serves as an Executive Board member and currently holds the prestigious position of chair for the NHPNZ (Natural Health Practitioners NZ). Her extensive experience includes previous executive roles, such as the last President of Naturopaths New Zealand, which successfully merged with NMHNZ. She also served as a Co-Vice President for Naturopaths & Medical Herbalists NZ, demonstrating her commitment to fostering collaboration and excellence within the industry.

Bernadette’s dedication to promoting natural health extends beyond professional affiliations. She has held prominent positions, including Co-chair for the NHC (Natural Health Council NZ) and President of the esteemed Homeobotanical Institute Inc. Her ongoing support and unwavering commitment to these organizations showcase her passion for advancing the field and ensuring the highest standards of care.

In Bernadette Bekker, you’ll find a visionary leader, a compassionate practitioner, and an unwavering advocate for natural health. Experience the transformative power of holistic therapies at The Herbal Energy Centre, guided by Bernadette’s expertise and fueled by her genuine commitment to your well-being.

Amy Z. Murray 
Co-Founder Homeobotanical Therapy
and the Homeobotanical Institute Incorporated

Amy trained and graduated with her husband Brian in Naturopathy and Osteopathy, and has a Diploma of Botanical Medicine and Diploma of Homoeopathy from her studies in Australia. She was Founder of the International Federation of Herb Essence Healers Inc., and lectured widely on the healing applications of Harmony Herb Essences.

Amy Murray is a Senior Research Fellow of the Homeobotanical Institute Inc. and was that society’s inaugural Secretary and Treasurer. She was a Member of the New Zealand Healing Association and a Life Member of the New Zealand Federation of Spiritual Healers. Amy specialized in the treatment of animals, with which she has a special affinity. Her pioneering work with children became a corner-stone of the development of Homeobotanical Therapy in the early days. Amy wrote the course notes for the Certificate in Herb Essence Therapy.

Now retired, Amy continues as a mentor and valued friend to Bernadette and the staff at the Herbal Energy Centre.

Bernadette Bekker, a Homeobotanical Therapist and Registered Naturopath & Medical Herbalist, became the owner and Managing Director of the Herbal Energy Centre in 2007. Brian and Amy passed the mantle to Bernadette, whom they entrusted Homeobotanicals to. They knew that she would continue their life- long passion. They continued to be mentors and valued advisors for the Herbal Energy Centre, up till Brian’s death.

Brian R. Murray {Deceased}
ND, DO, DBM, DHom, DPC, PhD (Hon), HbT
Patron, Homeobotanical Institute Incorporated
Co-Founder, Homeobotanical Therapy
Herbal Enterprises Research Board (H.E.R.B.)
Co-founder N.Z. Charter of Health Practitioners

In the early 1960s, Brian Murray had been an Industrial Chemist and Production Manager in the food, cosmetics and surface coatings fields, where he completed the N.Z. Institute of Chemistry Certificate and then the N.Z. Institute of Management’s Diploma in Industrial Administration. He graduated in 1976 as a Naturopath, continued on to become an Osteopath, and subsequently qualified for the Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Brian Murray was active within the Natural Therapy field since his graduation, as Tutor at several Colleges, on various Committees and has held office in many of the societies representing Natural Therapies. He was President of the International Society of Osteopathic Practitioners, Association of Naturopathic Therapists and inaugural Chairman of the New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners. Dr. Brian has also been Vice President of the South Pacific Association of Natural Therapists, The N.Z. Homoeopathic Society, Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Institute of New Zealand and Registrar of the N.Z. Hypnotherapy Association. He remains Patron and Senior Research Fellow of the Homeobotanical Institute and is a Life Member of N.O.N.Z. and H.E.R.B.

In recognition of his work providing free healing for the poor, Brian was conferred with an honorary doctorate in Natural Sciences by the Ortanez University of Manila. Brian and Amy received Lifetime Achievement awards from the N.Z. Charter of Health Practitioners for their discovery and development of Homeobotanicals. In Australia, Brian was a foundation Member of the Australian Register of Natural Therapists, and remained till his death a Member of Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

Dr. Brian established an Australian Chapter of the Homeobotanical Institute to support the needs of Hb Practitioners there.

As Associate Professor of the Youngston Institute, Brian tutored in the new field of Homeobotanical medicine and in Osteopathic practice. While at the Institute, he qualified for the Diploma in Botanical Medicine and also a Diploma in Homoeopathy. Until his death in April 2013, Dr. Brian remained active with the research, development and promotion of Homeobotanical Therapy.

Resources for More Learning


Naturopathic College of New Zealand

The Naturopathic College of New Zealand offers online and distance education courses.


Homeobotanical Institute Inc

The Homeobotanical Institute Incorporated provides professional support for Health Professionals and students who utilise or wish to develop their interest in Homeobotanical Therapy. Established in 1984 by Brian Murray and was incorporated in 1989. Membership to the the Homeobotanical Institute is available to Health Professionals around the  world.