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.

This dispensary is also available online anytime with Davina – via phone or video call (normal consultation rates apply).

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.

Dilston Dispensary of Plant Medicine

This is your plant medicine dispensary led by NIMH registered medical herbalists – a place where you can discuss a minor ailment, receive the best qualified professional recommendations and have your individually prescribed plant medicine mixed for you.

Are you confused about exactly what herb to take for what?

Do you see shelves of herbal medicines but want a qualified professional to help you decide which is best for you? Are you concerned you are not being recommended the correct herbal medicines for your needs or that they are costing more that the recommended approximate £7 per week?

Medical herbalist Davina Hopkinson has over 20 years clinical experience in treating common ailments and in prescribing quality-assured fairly priced plant medicine.

More information 

Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine is here to provide qualified information for to see a NIMH medical herbalist about your individual plant medicine needs and to offer over the counter suggestions.

Finding the right combination of plant medicine specific to your needs is at the heart of plant medicine and is necessary to ensure effective medicine. But it can be difficult these days with the array of products available. Plant medicine involves individually tailored prescriptions of often more than one plant to treat your whole condition. Often people spend a great deal on supplements and remedies that are not appropriate or helpful. Dilston aims to offer qualified over the counter suggestions and effective plant medicine that is tailored to each person’s need.

Dr Nicolette Perry, pharmacognosist at Dilston Physic Garden, says “Visitors to the physic garden regularly ask which plants can help treat common conditions like irritable bowl, sleep problems and anxiety and which herbs are safe to take with certain conditions or medications.  We are delighted that Davina Hopkinson and other medical herbalists here in the North East are able provide qualified professional safety-assured information on effecitve plant medicine.”

Today many plant medicines are being tested in clinical trials and in scientific research. A number are shown safe and effective to treat common conditions from anxiety to digestive issues and the scientific research shows just how the plants ingredients work in a number of different ways to achieve results. A number of plant medicines tested have also been shown as effective as their drug equivalents, for example in treating anxiety and often have fewer or no side effects.

However, many people do not realise that in order to prescribe effective plant medicine 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”.

The Dilston Dispensary of Plant Medicine is a first for the North East and Davina has 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 pharmacists are trained in plant medicine alongside single entiety and herbal medicine is dispensed in the pharmacy alongside conventional drugs – 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 single entity drugs to help treat many common ailments.

About medical herbalist Davina

Davina has over 20 years experience in prescribing effective plant medicines to patients. Davina says, “One of my favourite plant medicines is verbena. Use of this herb has been recorded consistently since Egyptian times and it used to be revered as something of a cure all. These days one of its main uses is a relaxing nervine. The English herbalist Culpepper described it as being useful for people who are “frantic” and I think this is an apt description, who these days is not frazzled and stressed out!”

Davina works from home and visits patients in their own homes around the North East and works with the physic garden in promoting and organising educational school visits for children as well as running her popular Children’s Potion Clubs over the summer.

Davina is a practicing medical herbalist with a clinic in Broomley and will be available at Dilston Physic Garden this summer to consult with and prescribe individually blended plant medicines for minor ailments.

Got a question?  Just email info@dilstonphysicgarden.com

*Please note Physic Garden admission charges do not apply if you’re just visiting the dispensary but if you’d like to visit the physic garden too, entrance is £4 or a Season Pass only £10.

See you at the physic garden!

Want to see a medical herbalist outside of Dilston Dispensary hours? Here is a list of Medical Herbalists and a Herbal Pharmacist who are affiliated with Dilston Physic Garden.

Davina Hopkinson Medical Herbalist BSc MNIMH.

Davina gained her degree in Herbal Medicine at Lincoln University, having also completed a 2-year course in complementary therapies. Davina has her own herbal practice she runs from home or if required visiting patients in their homes. As well as practising herbal medicine Davina likes to spread the “herbal word” by giving talks, leading herbal walks and organising herbal workshops – teaching people how to make their own medicines from garden and hedgerow plants. Davina also runs Potion Club, Herbal Treasure Hunts & workshops for children and schools at Dilston Physic Garden.

Sarah Hughes Medical Herbalist, Nutritional Therapist BSc Hons, NT Dip, MA, CNHC, mNIMH, mBANT. info@healthynewcastle.com

Sarah is an experienced medical herbalist and nutritional therapist who has practised for over a decade in both Ireland and the north of England.  Sarah sees patients of all ages and at all stages who present with a wide range of health issues and is based at the Stonegate Medical Clinic in York.

Sarah has lectured on the Medicinal Plants and Functional Foods MSc at Newcastle university and speaks regularly on BBC radio Newcastle. She also teaches foraging courses for Taste the Wild who are a foraging company based in North Yorkshire.

Ross Menzies Medical Herbalist BSc(hons)psychology DBTH MAMH.

rossherbalist@gmail.com

Ross is an experienced herbalist and has been in practice in Hexham for 15 years supporting patients with many acute and chronic health imbalances. He works using primarily native herbs and prepares many of his own medicines. He has also studied kinesiology and NLP. Ross has had a close association with Dilston Physic Garden for many years and regularly runs courses there.  He has tutored on a professional herbal medicine diploma and has edited a professional journal.  Ross also runs a nature based therapeutic project for people with mental health difficulties.   At the core of all he does is an understanding that nature can be profoundly healing, be it through plant medicines or simply by creating space and stillness to engaging with it in a meaningful way.

Jill Schnabel Medical Herbalist BSc(hons) PhD MNIMH.

jill.schnabel8@btinternet.com

Jill studied agricultural science (BSc) and plant pathology (PhD) before qualifying as a medical herbalist in 2004. She now practices herbal medicine in Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland.  After working as an advisor with the National Centre for Organic Gardening, she moved to the North-East in 1993 where she co-founded a successful organic vegetable growing cooperative.  As an adult education tutor she has taught a diverse range of courses in organic gardening, plant folklore and herbal medicine, at both university and community levels.  “My enthusiasm and love for plants was inherited from my grandmother and mum, and continues to weave a constant thread through my life and work. My approach to plant medicine is eclectic and encompasses historical, cultural, scientific, emotional and spiritual dimensions.”

Milana Kopkowska Pharmacist, trained in dispensing herbal medicine

milena.kopkowska@gmail.com

Milena works part time in a community pharmacy in Durham but also advices and dispense safe effective plant medicines according to your needs for minor ailments. As a pharmacist she has knowledge about both herbal and synthetic medicines and therefore can help you explore different treatment options. Milena qualified as a pharmacist in Poland where herbal medicines constitute a substantial part of the pharmacy stock and are commonly used by doctors, as in much of Europe, for the management of minor ailments. Since moving to the UK, Milena says “many common health problems may not be adequately addressed in the main stream UK health service. Since UK doctors don’t prescribe herbal medicines, and pharmacies often don’t offer them, the public don’t know about them”.

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.