About herbal medicine

and a qualified herbalist in Lincoln

About Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest forms of healing on earth. The remains of herbs were found in a burial chamber dated to 60,000 years ago and many of these herbs are still in use today. In the past the medicinal qualities of plants such as Ginseng, Angelica archangelica and Sage were so highly valued they were even used as a form of currency. Currently it is estimated that at least 60% of the global population still use herbal medicines for primary health care (World Health Organization).

Plants are the foundation of life and provide food, clothing, shelter and medicine, many pharmaceutical drugs in use are derived from plants; more importantly herbalists, healers and indigenous peoples around the world still use herbs exclusively to restore people to health and wellbeing.

There are many different systems for practising herbal medicine: Unani Tibb, Chinese and Traditional Western Medical Herbalism to name but a few. There are differences in preparation of herbs and in species used; however all the systems seek to restore equilibrium and do this using herbs to enhance our innate self-healing abilities (physical, mental and spiritual).

In the UK there are currently both B.Sc and M.Sc courses in Herbal Medicine being taught in universities and some private colleges Students are trained in modern clinical sciences, herbal therapeutics and have to undergo a minimum of 500 hours’ observed clinical practice.

About Plant spirit medicine – PSM

This healing modality was developed by the late Eliot Cowan a Five Element acupuncturist who studied under Prof R.J. Worsley . He went on to amalgamate his shamanic training and his understanding of the energy meridians gained from his acupuncture practice into a truly gently but powerful hands on energy treatment with plant spirits , called plant spirit medicine. I will be offering treatments from late spring , watch this space !