I graduated from Saint Louis University as an M.D. in 2003 with
my pre-med as a laboratory technician. I passed the board exams
on my first try and thus began my journey.
When I was first starting out, I pledged my allegiance to
conventional medicine which I studied whole-heartedly. Like a
child, I was very naive. I thought that pharmaceutical medicine
had all the answers to man’s health dilemmas because that’s what
I was taught. Like many other people, I wanted to belong to a
community or group who are like minded. So, I went to trainings in
hospitals, attended seminars and read researches to enhance my
knowledge and skills in the craft I chose.
My late father, Antonio R. Agustin was an esteemed herbalist. He told me one day to quit training in the hospital and join him on his journey. Since he was not a Medical Doctor, he knew that he was not qualified to attend to the sick. I immediately left Manila and worked with my dad for 12 years.