MEMORY TRIAL (please pass on this poster if you can – Memory Test Study poster)

Want to see if plant medicines can boost your memory? 

Take part in a natural Memory Test Study in South-East and West Northumberland.

flower-remediesScientists at Dilston Physic Garden, NIMH medical herbalists and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew offer an exciting opportunity to take part in a second natural Memory Test Study in West and South-East Northumberland.

  • Do you think your memory is not what it was?
  • Are you concerned about the current epidemic of dementia?
  • Would you be open to the idea that medicinal plants could help, bearing in mind that modern drugs like aspirin come from plants?
  • Are you between the age of 45 and 75, live in West or South-East Northumberland and have access to a computer?
  • Would you say yes to any of these questions? Then why not volunteer in a simple safe 4-week medicinal plant study?

To take part email  The trial is open to anyone between 45-75 years living in West or South-East Northumberland, provided you are not diagnosed with a condition such as Alzheimer’s. The trial is being conducted to test the effects of safe science-backed plants, reputed in history to improve memory, by scientists and medical herbalists at Dilston Physic Garden and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with support from Wesnes Cognition, Make My Day Better Charity with Kew Gardens, and The Ridley Family Charity.

Further information on medicinal plants for memory
There are prescription drugs derived from plants used to treat the cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease.  For example galantamine is derived from a compound in the bulbs of snowdrops and daffodils (though don’t eat snowdrop bulbs as they are poisonous!). However, for normal mild memory impairments, some of which may be a prelude to more severe problems, there are no approved medications or preventative medicines.

People concerned need to consider alternative options which include physical and psychological strategies, as well as regularly taking preventative brain boosting medicinal plants. There are number of plants that grow in the UK with memory enhancing properties.  For these medicinal plants there is both traditional evidence, based on long standing experience and practice, and scientific evidence, based on modern lab science and the results of controlled medical clinical trials.

However, none of this evidence is sufficient for any one plant extract to be accepted in orthodox medical practice, yet. Further evidence, based on standardised extracts, dose and testing procedures, and long-term use is needed. Such trials have been conducted in academic and clinical institutions. None, as far as we know, in the community where the investigators are practising medical herbalists. This is the focus of the new trials. The results of first trial we conducted in collaboration with medical herbalists and the BodyWorks Centre in Hexham, Northumberland, showed the plant medicine given improved word recall, in under 63-year-olds by over 50%.


To take part in the next memory trial email

Would you like to volunteer in pilot studies and clinical trials into the effects of safe plant medicines on enhancing the mind, such as improving memory and sleep ??

At Dilston Physic Gareden we focus on science-backed safe plants that are good for mind and brain. In collaboration with the Bodyworks Centre we have completed our first pilot clinical trial for memory, testing a combination of 3 European plants on word recall on volunteers. Results showed that the group aged 62 years and under, who took the memory tincture improved in their ability to remember correctly by over 50%, compared to those who didn’t take it in the same age group.

We are currenlty recruiting in South-East Northumberland for our next trial – to take part please email

We study plant medicines that have the effects indicated by traditional use and focus on plants for the mind, since so much of our well-being depends an optimal state of mind – see more information on our next memory trial on the left.

Rather than major multicentre trials involving objective measures, we plan to conduct small (but statistically valid) pilot trials involving objective measures but also self-assessment i.e. using, as an outcome, individual subjective experience such as in our Dream Club pilot study currently under analysis 2019/2020. All volunteers in the studies are under the supervision of one of our associated medical herbalists, registered with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and all our pilot trials go through our ethics board.

Such studies involve volunteers of all ages (over 18) with normal mental health, voluntarily taking a safe medicinal plant preparation, once or twice a day for a set time (week or month), and completing a self assessment form before and at the end of the trial period or more. According to best clinical practice, volunteers would be randomly divided into 2 groups, one taking the active agent and the other an inactive (placebo-like) agent, or with all volunteers taking active or placebo at different times, with no one knowing which they are on (‘blind’). We aim to publish all results in a peer reviewed scientific journal.

If you’d like to be part of one of these studies please complete this online questionnaire to help us design a useful and meaningful study – please scroll down to complete it:

Trials Questionnaire

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