What is phytotherapy? Phytotherapy, or herbal medicine, is the treatment of illness using plant materials and extracts. Plant medicines have been used for centuries from the tribal medicine man or woman, to the old apothecaries and on to the combination of traditional knowledge and scientific practice seen in herbal medicine today.
The College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy Founded in 1993, the CPP exists to promote training of phytotherapists, and to ensure fitness to practice and continued training of qualified practitioners. All members must adhere to a strict code of professional conduct and ethics, and must participate in continuing professional development
Your Herbalist Having wanted to be a herbalist since I was 4 years old, I qualified from the College of Phytotherapy in 2004 and went on to set up practice in Harrogate. I was then lucky enough to be able to help design and teach the former BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine at Leeds Metropolitan University, acting as both lecturer and clinic supervisor in the training clinic from 2007 to 2012. I am passionate about people's right to access their choice of therapy, regardless of financial or location restrictions, and enjoy herbs in all their glory from wild hedgerows to formal herb gardens. My area of special health interest is mental health and herbal medicine, and I hope to undertake research in this area in the future.