Maggie Pope
is a Medical Herbalist

Practising in
Bridgwater, Somerset

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What is Herbal Medicine?

It’s medicine made from plants: It is also called botanical medicine or phytotherapy.

Some plants you will recognise as weeds, like the common Daisy [Bellis perennis] Dandelion [Taraxacum officinale] and Cleavers [Galium aparine]. Some are more exotic, like Liquorice [Glycyrrhiza glabra] and Peony [Paeonia lactiflora]. We can use a plant’s leaves, roots, bark, seeds or flowers to make medicine – it depends on what actions we want the medicine to have.

Beautiful Echinacea with boots

Beautiful Echinacea with boots 

Herbal medicine has a very long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as more research comes through showing the value of herbal medicine in creating and maintaining wellbeing

I am a member of both the National Institute of medical herbalists [NIMH] and the College of Practising Phytotherapists [CPP]

From the National Institute of Medical Herbalists

In 1864 the National Association of Medical Herbalists was established in Britain. In 1945 the association was renamed the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Today, NIMH-registered western medical herbalists combine historical knowledge with the latest scientific research.

Good herbal history reads include

New Green Pharmacy, The Story of Western Herbal Medicine by Barbara Griggs

Culpeper’s Medicine, A practice of Western Holistic Medicine by Graeme Tobyn, MNIMH

The Herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper and the fight for medical freedom by Benjamin Woolley

From the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy

The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy(CPP) is a professional membership organisation of phytotherapists that sets the highest standards of practice in herbal medicine. Phytotherapists (‘phyto’ means ‘plant’ in Greek) are dedicated herbal practitioners with specialist university training. They combine orthodox medical knowledge and skills with scientific understanding of plant medicines.

Concern for a solid and credible scientific basis in medical herbalism and for professional standards in practice led Hein Zeylstra, a prominent herbalist and the founder of the School of Phytotherapy, to establish a professional body in 1991. Today, the CPP continues to set the standard worldwide as the body for ensuring the highest quality research, education and practice. All members are required to participate in a professional training scheme updating them with the latest scientific developments. The CPP exists to protect the public interest and it continually monitors its members as to their fitness to practise. It has members in 11 countries including Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA.

Blog

Talking to the WI about Weeds

January 13, 2017

I went to a village on the edge of the Quantock Hills last night to give a talk on all the weeds in their garden that they could just use for medicine, if they were so inclined. I was given the option of not coming as half of their members phoned in to say they wouldn’t venture […]

Back to work at The School of Herbal Medicine

January 7, 2017

  After the Christmas break we have started the new year with seminars in Materia Medica and Pharmacy. I teach the Pharmacy and Herbal Therapeutics modules. Our herbal monographs in the Materia Medica module are not cut and pasted from other people’s work, but each herb is thoroughly researched from several sources, from practical experience […]

Trundlings…

October 25, 2016

In the midst of writing the modules for our professional diploma, and actually teaching on it, and seeing patients, and making up prescriptions, I do like a spot of trundling around in the countryside picking stuff and seeing what is growing where. Today, roaming along the canal with two little grandsons collecting willow for me […]