Maggie Pope
is a Medical Herbalist

Practising in
Bridgwater, Somerset

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The Medicine

The practice of ‘herbal medicine’ isn’t just the herbs, it includes a whole philosophy about how you approach illness. A herbalist isn’t the same thing as a doctor who gives herbs instead of synthetic drugs: a herbalist uses herbs to progress a holistic ‘healing strategy’ [Max Drake].


So yes, we use plants. We use their leaves, roots, bark, stems, seeds and fruit. We grow them, pick them wild, store them, and/or buy them – but we know what we are looking for and how we will use it. A patient comes to us with a disease or complaint, and when we give them herbs we are giving them for the whole person not just for the disease or complaint they came in with.

A doctor has a patient with asthma; easy – NICE have given GPs guidelines [tramlines] about what drugs to give in this situation, and the GP will progress his way down the list, starting with the gentler drugs and moving slowly up to the big guns.

A patient comes to the herbalist with asthma, and of course we have jolly good plants that have a therapeutic action on the respiratory tract, but we will also add in our mix herbs that take into account the constitution and vitality of the patient. We have hundreds of plants to choose from, a veritable ‘embarrassment of riches’.

So the prescription, it’s unique. Just for you.

How long will I need to take medicine?

Plant medicines strengthen or stimulate the body’s own normal functions and thus the therapeutic effect continues once the medicine has been withdrawn. They are composed of many constituents which work together so they are not as powerful as orthodox drugs which contain one active ingredient. They may take longer to produce a therapeutic effect, but are unlikely to produce any undesirable side effects.

How is the medicine given?

Medical herbalists are trained in the preparation and dispensing of herbal medicines in their own dispensary. This is usually in the form of a tincture, which is a liquid extract from a plant containing a proportion of alcohol. If you are unable to tolerate alcohol a preparation can be made using glycerine. The herbalist will mix together the different plant extracts that are indicated in the treatment of your condition and the dosage instructions will be clearly labelled on the bottle. Medicines may also be in the form of teas, tablets, capsules or powders; creams or lotions may be prescribed for topical use.


The School of Herbal Medicine

October 19, 2015

The School of Herbal Medicine opened its doors to the first students September 2015. I did my first day’s teaching there October 18th with 7 hours of Herbal Therapeutics; this weekend we focused on the Cardiovascular system and the Respiratory System. Susan Vassar covered the Gastrointestinal system in Anatomy and Physiology om 17th. We had […]


February 7, 2015

Introducing Herbworks! One day courses to get people introduced to making things with herbs. Salves, teas, tinctures, powders and more. Learn how to make your own first aid kit. Construct your arsenal against the common cold, while learning the best way to approach fevers, diarrhoea, constipation, rashes and other minor health niggles you wouldn’t go […]

Cold and Flu Season

November 20, 2014

Colds and Flu Season… The common cold is a virus droplet infection of the air passages of the upper respiratory tract. There are many hundreds of different viruses that cause a cold to develop, which is why there is no specific ‘vaccine’. You can catch it by breathing in the virus in droplets coughed or […]