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843 Forest Road,
London E17 4AT
Telephone: 020 8531 7188

Western Herbal Medicine

Why Western Herbal Medicine?

Western Herbal Medicine is an efficient, safe, caring, individualised and environmentally friendly therapy. It combines professional training and modern research with the rich plant-medicine tradition of the British Isles, Europe and North America for the benefit of the patient.


In ours days published scientific research confirms traditional therapeutic properties of herbs as well as it reveals new therapeutic applications for a wide variety of conditions. This has lead to the recent undergoing resurgence of Western Herbal Medicine’s popularity.


Western Medical Herbalists are trained to understand herb/drug interactions and so will take account of you medication when formulating your prescription.

The plant based preparations used in this clinic are subject to rigorous quality controls minimising adulteration. Using the whole of the plant with its complex mix of chemicals is considered less likely to induce side effects as those single, concentrated active chemical packaged as commercial drugs.

Caring and individualised

Western medical Herbalists aim to improve the overall health and well being of their patients by addressing the individual’s unique pattern of physical strengths and weaknesses. Based on the above a unique treatment plan is formulated for each patient.

Environmentally friendly

No preparations contain animal ingredients of any sort. The herbs used are grown organically wherever possible and are never taken from the wild of the herb is in any way endangered.

Some commonly seen conditions by a western medical herbalist:
  • Digestive system disorders; IBS, diverticulitis, peptic or duodenal ulcers, constipation, heartburn, gastritis, indigestion.
  • Skin disorders; acne, psoriasis, eczema.
  • Reproductive system disorders; female fibroids, polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS), menstrual irregularities. Male benign prostatic hypertrophy BPH), prostatis.
  • Urinary system disorders; cystitis, urethritis
  • Heart and circulatory disorders; high blood pressure, palpitations, varicose veins, high cholesterol.
  • Immune system disorders; allergies, hayfever.
  • Acute infections; recurrent colds, bronchitis, cough and sore throats.
  • Skeletal system disorders; gout, rheumatism, arthritis.
  • Nervous system disorders; stress, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, migraines.

An individually designed herbal prescription is then formulated and dispensed with appropriate instructions. Our Medical Herbalist will also make suggestions about other treatments if appropriate (e.g. osteopathy, counselling, massage etc.. Your progress is reviewed at intervals and reassessed and your herbal medicine prescription changed to reflect the changes in your physiology.

Our Medical Herbalists

Mary Elkington
Mary Elkington - Western Medical Herbalism.

Mary has always had a deep interest in the healing properties of plants. She decided to advance her knowledge of medical herbs by studying at the University of Westminster, where she gained her...



We provide a number of treatments including osteopathy and a variety of alternative and complementary therapies.

osteopathy and other treatments

Contact our Clinic

Our clinic is based in Walthamstow, East London at 843 Forest Road, E17 4AT

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