Did you know herbs can help?
A number of plant medicines have scientific research to show they are as effective as conventional drugs, with fewer or no side effects. This summer you can have easy access to NIMH* qualified information on plant medicine at Dilston Physic Garden. 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 30min or £40 for 45-60min). Plant medicine is purchased separately at approximately £7 per week. *National Institute of Medical Herbalists
DILSTON DISPENSARY OF PLANT MEDICINE 2020 Wednesdays 12-3pm 09 April to 16 September *excluding 1st July
Trying effective plant medicine for many common ailments gets to the root of the problem. When taking a plant medicine, ensuring you take the correct plant medicines relevant to your whole body’s individual needs is essential. 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 degree in herbal medicine and are fully trained in prescribing plant medicines, and are aware of contraindications. Wednesday’s dispensary is led by 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 admission. The Physic Shop also stocks a range of teas, tinctures, ointments and other botanical products.
*Note: The Dilston Dispensary of Plant Medicine does not dispense conventional medicine products; Plant medicines are approximately £7 per week & usually made while you wait. £5 is for a 10 minute consultation only, for a longer consultation just ask, they are charged at the normal rate. 2021 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.
Nicolette, pharmacognosist at the physic garden, says “Visitors to the physic garden regularly ask which plants can help to treat everyday common conditions and which are safe to take with certain conditions or medications. We are delighted that Davina and other medical herbalists in the north east are here to provide qualified professional safety-assured plant medicine”. Many people do not realise that in order to prescribe plant medicines you must be a qualified registered medical herbalist, affiliated with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Medical herbalists study for 4 years and undergo extensive clinical training. It is very important that more and more plant medicines are being tested by clinical scientific research and are being shown safe and effective for many conditions from anxiety to digestive issue. Those few that have been tested against their drug equivalents are as efficacious but without the side effects – this is crucial especially in a time of the worries of addictive side effects. Many people do not realised that a number of key drugs come from plants and that plants contain bioative compounds. The contraindications of the highly effective anti-depressant St John’s Wort being one example. The Dilston Dispensary of Plant Medicine is a first for the North East and Ross and Davina have worked alongside the physic garden for many years now. We have also had the recent opportunity to welcome Milena Kopkowska. As a trained pharmacist in Poland, where they dispenses plant medicine alongside conventional drugs, having Milena give talks at the physic garden is a first for the UK. We hope this can lead the way in embracing the European pharmacy recommendations of prescribing plant medicine alongside drugs for general ailments. People need to have the choice and this would be exciting progress for both mainstream and plant medical practice in the UK.