Herbalism is the use of plants, or parts of plants, that could include the leaves, flowers, seeds, berries, roots or bark for medicinal purposes. It is the oldest, most tested and proven form of medicine in the world. Ancient Egyptian and Chinese papyrus writings describe the medicinal uses of herbs over 5000 years ago, many of which are still in use for the same purposes. Indigenous cultures used herbs in their healing rituals, while others developed traditional medical systems in which herbal therapies were used. Similarly, the practice of herbalism in Ireland was widespread. In the 19th century pharmaceutical companies identified the active therapeutic principles of many plants, synthesised commercial analogues, and patented new drugs, many of which are in continual use today in conventional medicine. However, all the constituents of a plant work synergistically together. Herbalism considers the whole person and not just the disease, and therefore helps strengthen the body and encourages it to heal itself. 

 Master Herbalism

The tradition of Master Herbalism is based on the teachings and life's work of the renowned America herbalist Dr. John R. Christopher. He suffered grave ill health as a child, but through his exploration of natural healing, diet and herbs he made himself well again. He subsequently travelled around America seeing many, many patients. Rooted in the physiomedical tradition Dr Christopher's treatments were holistic in nature. His philosophy was based on cleansing and nourishing of the body and mind. Given the proper conditions the body then has a chance to rebalance and heal itself. He also emphasised the importance of the mind-body connection, and the impact of thoughts and emotions on health.

 Nutritional Therapy and Natural Healing

Food is the most important variable in human health. As the saying goes "Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food"-Hippocrates. Natural nutrition is based on eating plant-based food that is as close to it's natural state as possible. Advice will be available on food preparation, raw and vegan diets, juicing, sprouting and nutritional superfoods, with recipes, eating plans and ideas. Furthermore, natural protocols such as hydrotherapy and skin brushing are useful tools which may be deemed to be necessary in the treatment plan.