Did you know herbs can help? Try effective herbal medicine for many common ailments. Herbal medicine gets to the root of the problem, and has fewer, often no, side-effects. But when taking a plant medicine, ensuring you take the correct plants relevant to your individual needs is essential. If herbal 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 aware of contraindications.
Visit a medical herbalist in the North East – scroll down for the details of medical herbalists in the North East who are associated with Dilston Physic Garden.
Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine Come to the physic garden in the summer for easy access to qualified information tailored to individual needs. Enjoying its 5th year, the Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine will return summer 2020. Dates to be confirmed – April-September 2020 -Every Wednesday 12-3pm. Wednesday’s dispensary is led by medical herbalists Davina Hopkinson or Ross Menzies. Davina Hopkinson is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists – so you are assured of qualified professional help to explore herbal medicine to support you back to health and keep you healthy. Wednesday’s dispensary is led by medical herbalists Davina Hopkinson or Ross Menzies.
No need for an appointment for a 10 minute £5 consultation – just come along to the dispensary at the physic garden. Plant medicine is purchased separately. For more complex conditions just arrange an in-depth consultation at £20 for 30 minutes or £40 for 45-60 minute.
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 garden too, entrance is £4 and the Season Pass only £10. The Physic Shop also stocks a range of teas, tinctures, ointments and other botanical products.
*Note: The Dilston Dispensary of Herbal Medicine does not dispense conventional medicine products; Plant medicines are approximately £7 per week & usually made while you wait. £5 is for a 10minute consultation only, for a longer consultation just ask, they are charged at the normal rate. 2020 dispensary times may change.
Nicolette, pharmacognosist at the physic garden, says “Visitors to the physic garden regularly ask which plants can help to treat everyday common ailments and which are safe to take with certain conditions or medications. So we are delighted that Davina and Ross and other medical herbalists in the north east are here to provide professional safety-assured herbal medicine information. Many people do not realise that in order to prescribe medicinal plants you must be a qualified medical herbalist, affiliated with the UK National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Medical herbalists study for 4-5 years and undergo clinical training including in contraindications. Although most herbal medicines have a more gentle effect on the body, with few if any side-effects, plants contain chemicals which act as drugs, so a knowledge of contraindications is crucial, the effective anti-depressant St John’s Wort being one example. The Dilston Dispensary of Herbal 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 opportunity to welcome Milena, as a trained pharmacist who also dispenses herbal medicine – a first for the UK. We hope this can lead the way in embracing the European pharmacy recommendations of prescribing herbal medicine alongside orthodox medicine for general ailments – so people have the choice – this would be exciting progress for both mainstream and herbal medical practice in the UK”