Did you know plant medicine can help?
Plant medicine has scientific research to show it is effective in treating a number of common ailments,and in some cases, where studied, they have been shown as effective as conventional drugs, with fewer or no side effects. With plant medicine, in order to ensure an effective medicine, is it important to take the correct plant prescription for your individual needs.
This summer you can have easy access to National Institue of Medical Herbalist qualified information on plant medicine with Davina Hopkinson via Skype or phone (normal consultation rates apply). To be confirmed, you can come to the dispensary at Dilston Physic Garden 12-3pm 08 July – 16 September: 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.
DILSTON DISPENSARY OF PLANT MEDICINE 2020 dates to be confirmed: Wednesdays 12-3pm 08 July to 16 September
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.
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.