Established in 1864, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists is the leading professional body of herbal practitioners in the UK. It promotes the benefits, efficacy and safe use of herbal medicines. This is especially when supplied by a medical herbalist following a professional consultation.
All members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) must complete an accredited course. As well as abide by a mandatory code of conduct. Every NIMH herbalist must also undertake continuing professional development to keep professional knowledge, skills and expertise up to date. You can see my professional credentials here.
Members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists can use MNIMH or FNIMH after their name.
Find out more about becoming a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
As a herbalist with a BSc.Hons degree in herbal medicine and a postgraduate diploma in nutritional medicine, I am a knowledgeable and experienced herbal practitioner. I offer herbal consultations and bespoke herbal formulas to help people heal and improve their health, resilience and wellbeing. Being a qualified medical herbalist, over the years I have developed a deep understanding of the medicinal properties of plants and herbal treatment. Plus, I am passionate about the use of food as medicine.
A medical herbalist and the healing power of medicinal plants
Using medicinal plants represents a healing tradition that is as old as humanity. To me, using herbs is not just an 'alternative therapy'. It is about connecting with nature and respecting the balance of life. After all, these remedies have been used around the world for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments.
What's more, the study of herbs in modern research supports the value of plant medicine and its individual constituents. Let's not forget, many of our current drugs have their origins in plants. Yet, many people continue to underestimate the power of the plants around them.
While modern drugs have their origins in plants, they are single chemical products. In contrast, a herbal remedy is unique and complex, and its components have a synergistic nature. "The whole being more than the sum of their parts". After all, each herb contains dozens or sometimes hundreds of therapeutic compounds, including vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients with beneficial effects. These plant nutrients work together with the body to promote the healthy functioning of the body's organs and tissues.
Who is herbal therapy for?
People of all ages can live their healthiest lives through the use of natural medicine. Since herbs are tonic and strengthening, I believe that every patient can benefit from using these remedies. It is my job as a herbal therapist to help you achieve your optimum health. Let me show you how, when you tap into the healing power of these plant remedies.
Herbalists have a holistic approach to patient consultation and treatment. Discovering your uniqueness helps me to create a personalised combination of herbs for your long-term healing and wellness.
The quick fix approach
When it comes to their health, I find that people are often looking for a quick fix. But this approach doesn't work over the longer term. In fact, I have seen that quick fixes often suppress symptoms rather than healing the body. In contrast, a herbalist works with your body's natural healing processes. Herbalists look for and address the underlying cause of ill-health rather than only suppressing symptoms. Above all, herbalists aim to improve the function of the body. They are nourishing the body with plants, providing a solution that heals from within.
Western herbal medicine and you
My training and background is in Western herbal medicine or phytotherapy. In Western medical herbalism, we use plant-based remedies, sometimes supplemented with the bee products honey or propolis.
As a UK-based therapist, I prefer to choose remedies based mainly on our native plant species. Though sometimes, I will use herbs from other traditions such as Chinese herbal medicine. I provide only the best quality medicinal herbs from my practice dispensary.
Western herbalism is a complementary therapy meaning it can complement conventional medicines. This is best done with the expert knowledge of an experienced therapist. Professional herbalists learn which herbal preparation can be safely used alongside prescription medications.
If you have struggled for some time with an illness, you may appreciate the time and attention given to understanding the nature of your symptoms. A consultation will usually last between 60 and 90 minutes. After taking a detailed medical history, I can create a blend of herbs that is right for you. I usually offer a nutritional plan alongside herbal remedies and lifestyle suggestions where appropriate. A face-to-face appointment is usually my preference, but with the ongoing pandemic, I also offer online appointments.
How to use plant based medicine
Ideally, everyone would incorporate the healing properties of natural remedies into their everyday life. I think one of the easiest ways is with your diet. Many herbs are both food and medicine, so this is a great place to start.
Herbal teas are a great alternative to your usual tea or coffee, providing you with extra nutrients in the form of a delicious beverage.
My herbal dispensary stocks various herbal products, alcohol tinctures, herbal glycerites, dried herbs and herb powders, tablets and capsules. I also stock a selection of herbal oils, creams and gels. But as a qualified herbalist practitioner, I am also able to create your bespoke herbal prescription.
What to do now to attain your optimum health
Learn how making small changes on a daily basis to what you eat, drink or how much exercise you get, can impact both physical and mental health. If you are ready to make a commitment to take an active role in improving your vigour and wellbeing, please contact me to learn more about my herbal clinic.
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