Herbal Medicine

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Anna Newton

I have lived in Britain for 32 years, but originally I am from Poland. In the eighties I went to London University and after graduating I worked for several years as a computer animator for natural history TV programmes.


Sixteen years ago I decided to turn my life-long experience of using medicinal herbs into a professional career.  I obtained a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales and for the last twelve years I have been running a successful herbal medicine practice in Cheltenham. I am a council member of Britain’s most prestigious professional organisation for herbalists: the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. I am a passionate gardener and grow a number of medicinal herbs in my garden, some of which I process into tinctures, creams and syrups.


My book “Herbs for Home Treatment” draws on my experience of using herbs personally and in my practice. It is practical, rational and easy to use. It reflects my belief that blending modern scientific research with the empirical traditions of the past gives you the best of both worlds.


Availability: Mondays 10-1pm 

Other appointments by arrangement through NYR Cheltenham

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Caroline Sheldrick

Caroline Sheldrick MNIMH is a Medical Herbalist who has been in local practice since 2003. She undertook a rigorous four-year training at Middlesex University and is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the oldest body of herbalists in the world.


Medical Herbalists combine traditional knowledge about medicinal plants with modern clinical medicine, making a holistic treatment which is individual for every patient. Caroline will compile a full picture of each patient, sometimes with a physical examination, before diagnosis and the prescription of herbal medicine. A course of treatment begins with a one-hour first appointment, followed by half-hour follow-ups as needed.


People bring many issues to a Medical Herbalist, but the conditions that we commonly see are skin complaints, digestive disorders, hormone imbalances and emotional problems. Caroline has a particular interest in treating women with menopausal symptoms and helping people suffering from emotional problems including trauma.


Herbal Medicine is renowned as a safe therapy and Medical Herbalists can work alongside orthodox medical treatment as they understand medical practice and know about possible drug interactions. Herbal Medicine is particularly suitable for children and the elderly, being gentle and with few, if any, side effects.


Availability: Wednesday 9-1