Have you read Angela Payne's The Healing Power of Celtic Plants which is based on Welsh herbs. There is also the Physians of Myddfai by John Pugh and David Hoffman did a short Welsh materia medica soon after he graduated as a medical herbalist. Otherwise, contact Kristina Patmore at Kew Gardens. She used to be the researcher on Welsh herbs at the National Botanical Garden of Wales. I don't know if someone has replaced her there, but you could ask.
herbs in north wales
October 16 2010, 7:42 PM
A fantastic herbalsit Pip Waller lives and works in North Wales
Herbal Medicine is the oldest form of medicine and has at one time been the dominant healing therapy throughout all cultures and peoples world-wide. The first examples of the use of herbs as medicines date back to the very dawn of mankind.
All of the ancient civilisations - the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Indian and Roman used herbs as an integral part of their various medical systems. The first famous Herbalist, who stressed the importance of nature in healing, was Hippocrates, known as the 'Father of Medicine'.
Two other well known figures in medical herbalism known to us in the UK are Culpeper and Gerard, who both produced 'Herbals' in the 17th century. Herbal medicine, due to its rich folk knowledge and the unpleasantness of orthodox remedies, continued to grow and thrive as the main traditional medicine over the next two centuries.
By the Middle Ages, herbalists were being persecuted by the then orthodox profession and it was during the reign of Henry VIII that the Parliament passed the Herbalists Act of 1542, allowing herbalists to practice without interference from the medical establishment. The name Herbalists Act was officially given to the old statute as recently as 1948 when Parliament passed a law known as The Statutes Law Revision Act.
It was not until the end of the 19th century that orthodox medicine became the dominant form of treatment in the West. In fact, it is only in the last seventy-five years that the majority of medicines used by orthodox doctors are now synthetic chemicals, although initially these too were extracted and prepared from herbs. Until very recently, herbalists were the only traditional medicine practitioners to have recognition in British Law, with statutes dating back to the sixteenth century.
In more recent times, November 1994, herbal medicines came under serious threat through oppressive legislation, but thanks to a massive national campaign both our rights and heritage were saved again.
It is on the long and continuous history of herbs as medicine, together with knowledge taken from modern scientific research, that today's herbalism is based.
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