Friday, 4 November 2011

147th Annual Conference of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Viola tricolor, Heartsease, is one of the herbs traditionally used by herbalists  for some skin problems 

Laura Stannard, a medical herbalist practising in Newcastle and North Staffordshire will be attending the annual conference of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists in central London from 4th to 5th November 2011.
The Conference will be held at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square WC1.

This will be the first meeting of the NIMH since the government announced its intention to introduce legislation to regulate herbalists. The two-day conference includes the 147th Annual General Meeting of the NIMH, as well as professional development seminars, which will focus on how herbalists work with patients with skin problems.  

Laura Stannard said: “I am pleased to be attending this event. I am looking forward to attending the seminars given by the doctors and herbalists who work together in the dermatology unit at Whipps Cross hospital. It is always good to share clinical experience with colleagues, especially when it is something we herbalists treat every day - things like eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin problems.

“During the campaign for Statutory Regulation many people in Stoke, Newcastle, and Staffordshire wrote to their Members of Parliament and the Department of Health asking for their support to ensure statutory regulation went ahead.  I will be representing these people at the Conference and helping to ensure that the strong tradition of herbal medicine in the Potteries and surrounding areas is kept alive, to continue to give the people of the area the choice of professional herbal medicine.”

The National Institute of Medical Herbalists is the world’s oldest association of herbalists and has been meeting annually for 147 years. 

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Cheshire Show 2011

Laura Stannard, along with eight other local professional herbalists  (collectively known as Nature's Answers) attended the Cheshire Show to talk to visitors about herbal medicine.

Wearing their distinctive dark green polo shirts with the Nature’s Answers logo on the front and the amusing tag line ‘Trust Me – I’m a Herbalist’ on the back they dispensed free cups of herbal tea and handed out hundreds of leaflets explaining how people can use commonly available herbal teas to help treat some mild health problems.

Dozens of visitors to the show benefitted from a free dose of medicine to relieve their hay fever symptoms. The pollen count was very high and many people were suffering from runny noses, puffy or itchy eyes, sore throats and the usual hay fever symptoms. they were given a single dose of medicine and told they could come back for more if they needed it. The single dose was so effective, most came back to find out how to get treatment for their hay fever!

Many more people discovered how herbal medicine could benefit them and how they could improve their health by consulting their local herbalist.