Category Archives: Approach to healing

Writing about how I treat patients with herbs and what patients can do to help themselves

Cramp Bark Harvest

I have a Cramp Bark bush in my back garden.  This plant is otherwise known as Guelder Rose or Viburnum opulus.  It has palmate leaves a little like sycamore but is, in fact, related to the Elder bush, Sambucus nigra … Continue reading

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The pros and cons of Frequently Asked Questions

When I first started looking at the internet, which was later than some and earlier than others, I naively thought that the Frequently Asked Questions (or FAQ) on websites was literally that, the most frequent questions people ask.  How wrong … Continue reading

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A liverish week…

Had a patient the other week where I thought – “you need some dried dandelion roots for your liver, to boil up with other herbs.” But – conniptions – none in stock! Fairly frantic digging on my (chemical free) allotment, … Continue reading

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Lesley and Michael Tierra in UK

URHP AGM I’ll be going to the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners AGM and Conference (link above) in Warwickshire from 20-22 June 2014.  Promises to be a good weekend with Lesley and Michael Tierra on tongue and pulse diagnosis.

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Torpor, congestion and what to do about it

I’ve just been to an inspiring professional conference of the URHP.  It was an encouraging get-together of practising herbalists not least because my presentation on lessons learned from patients over 20+ years in practice was well received!  The highlight of … Continue reading

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Hearty Medicine in May

Now that I am (temporarily) off the treadmill of University lecturing and clinical supervision, I had a rare cycle ride along the Leeds-Liverpool canal yesterday and found the perfect Hawthorn tree in full bloom. Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna and Crataegus laevigata) … Continue reading

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Peach buds!

Ooh exciting!  My little peach tree is well in bud with both leaves and flowers. The leaves I use as a sour, bitter refrigerant, useful in fevers etc.  You only need a tiny amount and in fact I still have … Continue reading

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