About the site:
This site was made because well referenced traditional and scientific information about medicinal herbs should be freely available to everyone. It is a non-profit educational resource.
My main point of concern was that people have easy access to many different herbs as supplements and often order them without any consideration of the traditional use of those herbs. Increasingly, people are getting information from science based resources, which is very good, but the problem is we are ignoring information from respected herbalists. I find traditional knowledge about herbs, from a good source, is usually much more useful than our limited scientific knowledge regarding herbs. I also think we need greater realism about how limited our scientific knowledge is, rather than just referencing an animal or test tube study and saying a herb works for this or that.
I appreciate the sincere need to have experienced professional herbalists to treat certain people and conditions, but also I think there is an increasing need to support those people who want to self treat by educating them in what we know. Oftentimes, people do not have the money to afford a herbalist, they cannot find one they trust near by, or they cannot travel easily to one. I think there is also something to be said for supporting people who want to experience and learn herbalism as part of their journey into the ‘green magic’. Plant medicine is the peoples medicine, it does not belong to an elite sect of society.
Research on the site is kept up-to-date and there is an evidence rating system to discriminate better quality studies from lower quality or preliminary studies. The more recent traditional knowledge is from text books mainly by David Winston, Maria Groves, Thomas Bartram, David Hoffman, Rosemary Gladstar, and Matthew Wood. I also include details from the traditional Eclectic texts and Nicolas Culpeper’s complete herbal.
About Chris, creator of this website:
I trained in Biochemistry in Sheffield in the U.K. then afterwards I left to Cambridge to complete a PhD in Plant Science. Over the last years I have been working full time on clinical trial data analysis in London.
Suffering with a chronic health condition myself that was very poorly treated by conventional medicine resulted in my study of herbal medicine along with experimentation with various herbs in formula and alone. I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
I am a self trained herbalist and practice with Western and with a few Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal medicines. I currently live just outside London.