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’s also called botanical medicine or phytotherapy.

Some plants you will recognise as weeds, like the common Daisy [Bellis perennis, above] 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.

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

Picking Medicine That Grows

November 22, 2013

The whole point of choosing the name Growing Medicine for my clinic and business was to illustrate both the fact that the medicine I use comes from things that are growing in contrast to things that are synthetically made in bulk  in a factory, and that I am actually growing some of my own stuff. Since I […]

Visit to a Herb Farm

October 24, 2013

  This is Jacqui Apostolides after a very successful Open Day at Broad Oak Farm in Essex. As they say from their website: Broad Oak Herbs is a totally unique company. We currently farm just over an acre that forms part of a 6 acre organic smallholding in the beautiful Essex countryside, our herb farm […]

Allotment update

August 28, 2013

If you compare this photo with one of the early ones on my blog, you can see I have come a long way… The white greenhouse in the centre background is mine, and marks the bottom limits of my allotment. The photo was taken from the shed where I store my tools, seeds, dry herbs, […]