Herbalism is the practice of using the therapeutic properties of plants to aid our body’s natural healing processes. Medical herbalism is firmly rooted in western medical tradition and herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as orthodox doctors. They may prescribe herbs for specific effects on the body or as support for the natural healing process.
Herbal medicine is the use of whole plant extracts to help treat the symptoms and causes of ill-health, and was the main form of health care until the advent of pharmaceutical drugs. There are written records of plants being used as medicine dating back thousands of years, and in many parts of the world people still largely depend on medicinal plants. Modern herbal medicine, also known as Phytotherapy, combines traditional knowledge and practice with scientific research into the therapeutic effects of plant medicine.
I trained in Western Herbal Medicine for four years, and graduated with a BSc in Herbal Medicine. This training included orthodox medical skills, clinical practice and a detailed knowledge of medicinal plants.
Neal’s Yard in Bath has a wide range of medicinal tinctures and dried herbs which can be dispensed in the shop. If you are looking for help with specific symptoms, you can have a short chat with me in private, and where possible I can write a prescription for you. If your condition is more complex I may advise a consultation. If you are taking prescribed drugs, I can choose herbs which do not interact with your medication.
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine
National Institute of Herbal Medicine
Royal Society of Medicine
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Saturday 9:30am – 1:30pm
I have trained extensively in India and the UK in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. I have been in practice since 1998 and work as a general practitioner treating a broad range of conditions. However, I specialise in treating skin problems, women’s health and digestive disorders.
Practising herbal medicine is a great honour for me. To be able to enter into a wholesome healing relationship with my patients and to utilise the powerful effects of natural plant medicines is my life’s work. The depth of wisdom that is contained in the traditional medical systems of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and our own European herbal practice is a continual inspiration. The ability of many of my patients to address the underlying problems with their health and to flourish into rejuvenated people is a joy to see.
Medical Herbalist Lic OHM and MURHP
Trained at: London College of Oriental Medicine, East West School of Herbalism, College of Ayurveda
AMA (Ayurveda Medical Association)
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