Medical Herbalism

Phytotherapy, the art of using medicinal plants to remedy ill health, is the oldest form of medicine in the world.


In Europe there has long been a strong herbal medicine culture, threads from which exist to the present, and combined with other traditions inform modern professional herbal practice.

Here in the UK, longstanding tradition, coupled with the emergent self-reliance movement, ensures that interest in simple natural home remedy thrives.

At a professional level, people most commonly choose to consult with a Medical Herbalist, and be given a prescription of herbal medicine, when they suffer a long term, intractable illness, yet would rather take an effective and safe alternative to conventional medicine. Others seek help managing natural changes, for example at menopause, or seasonally related health issues such as hayfever and depressed immunity in the winter months.

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Increasingly people turn to their Medical Herbalist for herbal support in slowing down the deterioration in physical form and function associated with ageing.

Medicinal plant extracts are recognised by the body as natural and are generally unchallenged by it. When prescribed by a qualified Medical Herbalist, they do not have side effects as associated with conventional medicines.

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When symptoms improve because of taking herbal remedies it means that the body is healthier, less diseased. Herbs are not adept at supressing symptoms. They work collaboratively to reinstate the body's own health maintenance mechanisms, not to supersede them.

Although not as strident nor dramatic in their actions as conventional drugs, herbs have many valuable healing potentials that we cannot yet replicate using synthetic drugs.