Tim Lane


I qualified in 1995 with a Diploma in Herbal Medicine from the School of
Phytotherapy having successfully completed their 4 year course. In 2008 I
successfully completed a Masters degree in Herbal Medicine with the Scottish
School of Herbal Medicine. I am currently in my 20th year of full time

The origins of herbal medicine go back to the dawn of time, and as such
represents the oldest form of medicine known to humans. Traditional Western
Herbal Medicine has its roots in ancient Greece dating from over 2500 years
ago. Over the centuries, this approach spread into the Middle East, Europe
and Great Britain. A name familiar to many is Nicholas Culpeper, who in the
17th. Century championed the access of herbal medicine in this country to
the poor members of society. Around the turn of the 19th. Century, herbal
medicine was in its hey-day in the U.S.A., and many of the advances in
practice and the plants used there found their way back to this country to
become integrated into current treatment strategies.

Herbal medicine has the capacity to treat not only minor ailments, but
serious and significant medical conditions and diseases. Patients are
assessed and treated as individuals, and the medication prescribed is
specifically made up for that patient. Herbs are a combination of hundreds
of substances, whereas pharmaceutical drugs are single chemicals. It is the
balance of all the substances found in a particular herb that gives the
broad effect that it has on the body. Herbs act in various ways to feed,
restore and re-balance tissues or organ systems that are diseased. Herbs
assist the natural functions and healing processes of the body in order to
effect sustainable and lasting improvements, rather than merely masking the
signs and symptoms of disease. Diet also has a significant part to play in
almost all disease processes, and any treatment is likely to need an
assessment of a patient’s diet. Detailed dietary advice will be given as
part of an approach to health to maximise the effectiveness of treatment.