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HRI Takes a Stand at International Plant Medicine Conference in London

9th  June 2017

Directors of HRI Herbal Medicine attended a fascinating conference entitled ‘Does Nature Have More Tools for Modern Health Needs’ organised by the College of Medicine at the famous Barber Surgeon’s Hall in London Wall. The College of Medicine is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to inspire and educate commissioners, providers and users with innovative ideas and practical ways of extending care and improving health.

Herbal Remedies in Mainstream Medicine

Speakers were an impressive international line-up of doctors, researchers, clinicians, herbalists and pharmacists who talked about developments in our understanding of herbal remedies for mainstream healthcare.

Attendees, who included GPs and other healthcare professionals, heard about new evidence that shows how licensed herbal medicines and food ingredients can be used to help patients to reduce dependency on prescription drugs, such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and anti-depressants, and to manage long-term health conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Speakers also examined the role of herbal medicines in helping to alleviate symptoms of stress and low mood.

Terry, Patricia and Brigitte Gallagher from HRI Herbal Medicine staffed the company’s stand at a small exhibition, which was only open to herbal medicine producers which hold Traditional Herbal Registration licenses.

The keynote speaker was Dr Chris van Tulleken who presents the TV programmes, ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor’ and ‘The Doctor who Gave Up Drugs’.  Chris trained in medicine at Oxford is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians, and is doing his PhD in Molecular Virology.

Professor Michael Heinrich of UCL was also one of the main speakers. Prof Heinrich appeared on ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor‘ in 2015 reporting on findings from a test of herbal medicine products which found that only those approved under the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme contained the herbs they claimed with dosage at levels which would have an effect.

You can view the full programme and speaker details on the College of Medicine website.

We look forward to seeing more work done in this fascinating area over the coming months.