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As I said at the time, David was happy I use the PowerPoints but he did not want it sent out.
Sorry about that, but I have to respect David’s wishes.
Of local plants I use, I find Inula hellenium helpful, but it’s about individualised formulas at the end of the day rather than one-size fits all protocols.
As per Year 1 guidance – any native or naturalised herb is fine.
P.S. Another similar site but used by a variety of practitioners is from Henriette Kress:
Yes, you’re correct in point 1. In point 2 he could be talking about scrophulous skin conditions – scaly, raised skin OR Scrofula (aka The King’s Evil) which was a type of lymphadenitis. I suspect the former, but there may be other possibilities. Might be good to ask Graeme about this, as he has some knowledge of older language terminology.
Mary, unfortunately most research comes at a cost these days. This is understandable, for example an RCT often costs millions to carry out so researchers often want a return on their investments.
There is a website called Sci-Hub which allows you free access to research papers without costs, however it is not legal per se.
Information comes from multiple sources, however it is often the case that the material is not written by herbalists:
OR if they are written by herbalists there is a cost:
There are a number of herbal peer reviewed journals, but again these come at a cost:
Remember that research is not fixed on systematic and clinical research but can also embrace the historical record.
In particular the works of Galen, Hippocrates, Discords, Celsus, Paulus of Aeginita, Rhazes and Avicenna provide a good account of the first thousand years of the Western Herbal Tradition. Many of their texts can be found free at archive.org
There is a treasure of free information to be obtained from Michael Moore’s website:
I’d also like to remind everyone that we need a signed consent form from every new patient which should be left at the clinic.
We also need to ask them the 3 covid questions.
1. Have you been diagnosed or had symptoms
2. Do you currently have symptoms – people who have sniffles or are coughing up mucous do not have the condition
3. Have you come from a place where someone has been diagnosed or which is considered a hotspot area.
Everyone should be told to bring their own PPE as appropriate. It’s a matter of covering ourselves and meeting the criteria but staying inside the law.
Firstly, I’m sorry it’s taken a while to come back to everyone though I think I have already answered these questions in emails. It has been an overwhelming period for everyone and trying to negotiate through ever shifting goalposts has been trying to say the least. Just to remind everyone of the situation.
1. The validation of our course by professional associations is dependent on conducting live clinics. Many courses fail validation because they don’t do live clinics or don’t do enough of them. There is good reason for this. The ability to correctly access and diagnose a patient cannot be done online. The ability do develop and practice clinical examination techniques cannot be done online. I currently do not have a delivery scheme in place to send herbs out. It is actually against the law to post herbs out, or have them collected. The law says (Human Medicines Act (UK) 2012) that a preparation must be made up immediately following a face to face consultation on the same premises. However, given the unprecedented situation we did our last few clinics virtually and delivered. This caused multiple headaches with people not paying, or paying weeks later without any name to indicate to us who the payment was from. This was unpaid time I don’t have but it was done in the hope of finishing term and that it was a one-off situation that would hopefully have expired going into third term. IT was also possible because they were all follow up cases.
2. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in similar situations but as per emails sent out previously, we are entitled to continue teaching any aspect of the course which cannot be done online. This has been verified and we are good to go. I still need to stress however that we keep the car-park free, that we arrive and leave singly and that we try to keep the volume as low as we can. We have been told by the police that we are fine but still need to keep a low profile. I have also written to and await hearing from the professional associations about the validity of clinics online for patients who are follow ups only. Therefore, as a priority those of you who have not taken three cases must get these started as soon as possible with new patients.
3. Remember you need to start practicing your clinical examination techniques as often as you can as part of the final clinical examination you will be asked to demonstrate a technique with a live patient in front of the examination board. Ideally the technique should be appropriate but where it is not the examiner may ask you to demonstrate a technique such as taking blood pressure. There are videos you can watch online of each of these techniques so you can practice at home with a partner, family or friends.
4. Any class which does not need to be taught live will be online while we are still subject to the ongoing situation. One I have heard back from the professional associations I will come back to you on what we can or can’t do in that regard.
It is so very hard to predict what may or may not happen next, and we will try to move quickly as new information comes to light and keep you updated. I am hopeful that legal action will be moving soon and this crisis will be over before Spring.
These are all fine guys, the provision is that the herbs you are doing are native or naturalized to Ireland.
I’ve done a short video on monographs for you which I will send out in the next few days. The video goes over each section of the monograph and outlines what you need to do to get the best marks in each particular section, while describing some common mistakes. I wanted to go over this with each of you but time and the current situation are not on our side. Hopefully, this video will help to keep you on track.
I should remind everyone that you should NOT be seeing patients or providing remedies to them until you are fully qualified to do so.
It’s fine to give a little general advice if you are confident but without full case histories and awareness of a patient’s background, medication, consitutiuioon, allergies etc you can do the wrong thing and this is not just a problem for you and the patient but for the whole herbal community should anything go wrong. This is why we have professional associations, so that the public can be assured that the practitioner is qaulified, inusred, that there is a visible complaints policy and that they undergo continual professional development (CPD) every year to maintain their knowledge base.
Since 2006 this is the recommendation of the Irish government who issued advice leaflets at the time advising the public only to consult with practitioners who are members of a professional association.. In the UK, the Medicine Act dictates that only qualified persons can dispense internal medicines.
This is why I want everyone to have student memebrship this year and, on qualification, upgrade to full membership in order to enter professional practice.
We are no longer doing Zoom sessions and deliveries – that was a contingency plan only during the lockdown which while it worked out in theory, it also created a lot of extra work, and some people have still not paid for their herbs which I have had to write off.
All clinics will be live next term and we request that everyone attends in person. Suitable precautions will be in place.
It is the law in the UK that all internal medicines (tinctures) are prepared following a face to face consultation on the same premises. The patient must attend physically and the herbs made up at the same time. No deliveries or collections are permitted.
As I have said several times previously, we want new patients this term as a priority. Any patients who came in this year and want to continue can be referred to me.
Thanks Danny for getting back to me regarding the synonyms: I now have another query; I am experiencing difficulty in finding information regarding the energetics of pisum sativum and bellis perennis, perhaps you could make some suggestions? Much appreciated Jacinta
I don’t know, daisey is toxic so not used – pea I would guess is cool and moist except when dried. Try Culpeper
Hi Danny, Can you inform me of the triunes for Cytisus scoparius and Chondrus crispus please? Thanks, Orla
Chondrus is 1/18th part (small dose), there is none for Cytisus as it is toxic
Sea Buckthorn – not known
Epilopium – 1/6th
Hello Danny Please can you advise the triune value of Bellis Perennis and Pisatum sativum? Thanks Jacinta
There is no triune for Bellisnperennis – it is not used internally
Pisum sativum 1/6th part