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Hay Fever Season

Hay fever season is in full swing and anyone who suffers knows how miserable hay fever can be.  Here’s a handy homemade remedy that can help to... 

The Clover Mill

The Clover Mill – a boutique Ayurvedic Spa retreat. ... 

Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The clinic is now closed between Wednesday 23rd December and Monday 4th January. We hope that you have a very happy Christmas break and wish you all... 

Herbal Medicine • Ayurveda • Courses • Herb Walks • Books

Anne McIntyre is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (FNIMH), a Member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners' Association (MAPA), and has been practicing herbal medicine for over 30 years. She gives consultations from her practice at Artemis House in Gloucestershire and a clinic in London after which she prescribes herbs in the form of tinctures, teas and powders from her dispensary. She gives evening talks and runs regular courses in herbal medicine and Ayurveda for both practitioners and lay people from her home in the Cotswolds. She also has a delightful spiral herb garden which has been featured on The BBC's Gardener's World TV programme. She gives guided tours of the Herb Garden on summer evenings.

Anne McIntyre FNIMH MAPA

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of plant remedies in the treatment of imbalance and ill health. Although herbalism is referred to as an "alternative" or "complementary" discipline, it is still the most widely practised form of medicine worldwide with over 80% of the world's population relying on herbs for treatment. Herbs such as echinacea, chamomile, gotu cola or ashwagandha may be prescribed in tincture, infusion or powder form for internal use or as lotions, oils or creams such as neem cream for external application. Organically grown herbs from sustainable sources are always the herbs of choice.

Anne McIntyre FNIMH MAPA

The Herbalist's Approach

Medical Herbalists are trained in Western medicine, pathology and diagnosis underpinned by traditional herbal philosophy, giving them an holistic approach to the evaluation and treatment of ill health. The underlying causes of the problem are sought, and, once identified, it is these that are treated rather than the symptoms alone. After an hour's initial consultation, changes in diet and lifestyle are recommended and herbs are prescribed to help restore the balance of the body, enabling it to mobilise its own healing powers.