Meet our experienced Medical Herbalist


Melanie is an experienced Medical Herbalist and has been practising since she qualified in 1992. She has been a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalist since she qualified.

“Using plants as medicine has fascinated me since, as a child, I discovered animals knew how to eat the right plants to heal themselves instinctively. Plants have an amazing ability, one plant can have multiple actions within the body working synergistically. Herbs can be used to improve the body’s function, for example, heal, tone, relax or stimulate.”

I now combine my training and experience in Medical Herbalism and Functional Medicine to provide a truly holistic approach to helping my patient’s  live a healthier life naturally. My aim is to find the root cause of health problem and work with you to get back to better health naturally. At the consultation I will take an extensive case history looking at all aspects of your health and well-being and devise a plan for your recovery, This may include herbal medication, nutritional supplements, dietary advice, exercise and stress management.

Melanie’s fascination with herbal medicine deepened at Chiropractic College. She struck up a friendship with a local herbalist and would join him as he foraged for fungi and trips to pick herbs and fruit to make medicines and sometimes wine!


What is a Medical Herbalist?

Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional uses are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine. Herbalists take an holistic approach to illness, treating the root cause of illness rather than just the symptoms. Herbal remedies are prescribed alongside other medication and treatments, and Herbalists understand drug interactions and will only prescribe appropriate herbs with your current medication.

Medical herbalists who are registered with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH)  will have trained for at least 3 years, will have received botanical and medical training and must adhere to a strict code of conduct.

Any advice is not a substitute for consulting your GP and obtaining a medical diagnosis and standard medical care for your condition. Everyone is encouraged to consult their medical practitioner and with permission your GP is advised of care received at the clinic.


What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicines are plant-based medicines made from differing combinations of plant parts e.g. leaves, flowers or roots. Each part can have different medicinal uses and the many types of chemical constituents require different extraction methods. Both fresh and dried plant matter are used, depending on the herb.

NIMH members are aware of the importance of medicines being being sourced from reputable manufacturers, who maintain consistent quality standards. Traceability (right back to the original batch of herbs) and certificates of authenticity are key ways in which quality is maintained. Sustainability is also of crucial importance.


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If you are interested in this approach please give us a call and Melanie will be happy to discuss your options before making an appointment. Call her on 01245 382838.



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