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Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

This week my grandchildren were very excited about appearing in the nativity play at their village school. It occurred to me to wonder whether any of them knew what frankincense and myrrh actually are, so I gave some to my grandson who tells me that everyone was very excited to see the actual thing. IContinue Reading

More good news for coffee lovers

A recent large study has found that women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of depression than someone who drinks less.  Hooray for that! Michel Lucas; Fariba Mirzaei; An Pan; Olivia I. Okereke; Walter C. Willett; Éilis J. O’Reilly; Karestan Koenen; Alberto Ascherio Coffee, Caffeine, andContinue Reading

Perhaps herbal medicine isn’t so dangerous after all!

Now that so many herbal medicines have been swept off the shelf in the EU’s relentless drive to makes us all safe by means of the Traditional and Herbal Medicinal Products Directive which came into force last month, we discover after all that herbs aren’t the problem. According to scientists who have written to theContinue Reading

Good news for coffee lovers

As a coffee addict, I am always pleased to see research which tells me that it is not always the villain it is supposed to be.  Now, a large study using data from just under 35,000 women taken over a 10 year period has found that those women who drink coffee daily are at aContinue Reading

Echinacea, Withania and Bacopa DO enhance the immune system

A new study has shown that herbal remedies based on Echinacea, Brahmi, or Ashwagandha can enhance immune function by increasing immunoglobulin production. Furthermore, these herbal medicines might regulate antibody production by augmenting both Th1 and Th2 cytokine production. Yamada K, Hung P, Lim BO, “A comparison of the immunostimulatory effects of the medicinal herbs Echinacea,Continue Reading


Rather surprised at a programme on BBC next week. Why should mammals be debating whether breast is best or not? Surely we should be talking about what is the best and kindest way of feeding babies who aren’t breastfed – for whatever reason. And this should not depend on global businesses who have doneContinue Reading


The European Traditional and Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) which is about to come into force will severely restrict everyone’s access to herbal medicine and plants which have been used safely for thousands of years. I have already posted my worries about this new legislation and have now found a Europe-wide petition to try andContinue Reading

Worried about the new Medicines Legislation

One of the more worrying aspects of the new Traditional Herbal and Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) which is coming into force on May 1st is that, although I will be able to continue dispensing liquid and dried herb prescriptions as before,  I will no longer be able to access any of the herbal tablets onContinue Reading

Statutory regulation for medical herbalists

16th February 2011 The Health Secretary announced to Parliament today that herbal medicine practitioners will be regulated from April 2012. The four UK health departments have agreed that the Health Professions Council (HPC) should hold a statutory register of practitioners who supply unlicensed herbal medicines to people to enable the supply of herbal medicines toContinue Reading

Heroic Herbal Medicine in Africa

Two weeks ago I attended an inspiring two day conference at Oxford University at which several eminent Professors of Dermatology spoke alongside traditional healers and herbalists on Collaboration with Traditional Healers in the Provision of Skin Care for All in Africa. Skin disease is a major problem in Africa and these doctors and healers wereContinue Reading