Why try Plant medicine?
Plant medicine gets to the root cause of the problem and usually presents few or no side-effects. Plant medicine is effective in treating many common ailments from skin ailments and IBS to anxiety and insomnia. Plant medicine now has significant scientific research to show how it does this. In some cases, where studied, plant medicine has been shown as effective as conventional drugs, with fewer or no side effects.
However, everyone is different and in order to ensure you take effective plant medicine it’s important to take the correct prescription and the correct dose for your individual needs.
Want to try plant medicine?
This summer you can have easy access to qualified information at the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine with National Institute of Medical Herbalists affiliated medical herbalist Davina Hopkinson on Wednesdays 12.30-3pm from 5th May to 1st September 2021.
For most minor ailments there is no need for an appointment – a 10 minute consultation is £5. For more complex conditions you can arrange a longer consultation (£20 for thirty minutes or £40 for forty-five to sixty minutes) – just email Davina to arrange a time. Plant medicine is purchased separately at approximately £7 per week.
Why see a medical herbalist?
Plant medicine is effective when you take the right prescription for your individual needs – this often means taking a combination of plant medicines specifically prescribed for you and potentially this prescription may alter following a 6 week assessment. Seeing a NIMH medical herbalist is the best way to ensure this – to ensure you take the right medicine and therefore ensure the medicine works correctly.
If plant medicines are used incorrectly, just as with drugs, problems can arise. Medical herbalists who are associated with the physic garden have studied a full degree in herbal medicine and are fully trained in prescribing plant medicines – this means they are aware of contraindications with other drugs you may be taking or with other conditions you may have. Wednesday’s dispensary is led by NIMH medical herbalist Davina Hopkinson.
Don’t forget you can enjoy the physic garden while you’re there – admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the Dispensary, however if you’d like to visit the physic garden too please pay admissions. The Physic Shop also stocks a range of medicinal tinctures, ointments, teas and other botanical products.
*Note: The Dilston Dispensary of Plant Medicine does not dispense conventional medicine products; Plant medicines are approximately £7 per week and usually made while you wait. £5 is for a 10 minute consultation only, for a longer consultation please arrange an appointment, they are charged at the normal rate. 2022 dispensary times may change.
Medical herbalists in the North East – scroll down for the details of medical herbalists in the North East who are associated with the Dilston Physic Garden.
Dr Nicolette Perry, pharmacognosist at Dilston Physic Garden, says “Visitors to the physic garden regularly ask which plants can help treat common conditions and which are safe to take with certain conditions or medications. We are delighted that Davina Hopkinson and other medical herbalists are able provide qualified professional safety-assured plant medicine here in the north east.”
In order to ensure effective plant medicine, it is important people take a prescription for your individual needs. Many people do not realise that in order to prescribe effective plant medicines you must be a qualified medical herbalist affiliated with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Medical herbalists study for 4 years and undergo extensive clinical training.
Today many plant medicines are being tested in clinical trials and in scientific research. A number are shown safe and effective to treat many common conditions from anxiety to digestive issues. A number tested have also been shown as effective as their drug equivalents, for example in treating anxiety and often have few or no side effects.
The Dilston Dispensary of Plant Medicine is a first for the North East and Davina and Ross have worked alongside Dilston Physic Garden for many years. We have also had the recent opportunity to welcome Milena Kopkowska who trained as a pharmacist in Poland. In Poland, and other European countries plant medicine is dispensed in the pharmacy alongside conventional drugs and people are given a choice of which they prefer to take. We hope this can help encourage general medicine in the UK to embrace the European pharmacy recommendations of prescribing safe effective plant medicine alongside drugs for general ailments.