The Journal of Herbal Medicine

The Journal of Herbal Medicine
Official Journal of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists
Publisher: Elsevier GmbH

· ISSN 2210-8033
· Personal subscriptions via NIMH only
· Institutional subscriptions available via Elsevier

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Barbara Pendry
Co-Editor: Dr. Olivia Corcoran

The Journal of Herbal Medicine, the official journal of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, is a peer reviewed journal which aims to serve its readers as an authoritative resource on the profession and practice of herbal medicine. The content areas of the journal reflect the interests of Medical Herbalists and other health professionals interested in the clinical and professional application of botanical medicines. The objective is to strengthen the research and educational base of herbal medicine with research papers in the form of case studies, original research articles and reviews, monographs, clinical trials and relevant in vitro studies. It also publishes policy statements, opinion pieces, book reviews, conference proceedings and profession related information such as pharmacovigilance reports providing an information source for not only the Herbal Practitioner but any Health professional with an interest in botanical medicine.

Potentially the premier journal in its field, the journal welcomes papers that stimulate research and interest in herbal medicine education and practice that disseminate information about its clinical tradition, best practices, skills and knowledge.

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One year (4 issues) €95 or £68
Note the subscription year is January – December (if you join part-way through the year you will receive all back copies for that year).

Note the subscription year is January – December (if you join part-way through a year you will receive all back copies for that year).


NIMH student Affiliates will be at a 50% discount @ £34.00

Students from any other EHTPA PA will get it at cost price of £50.00

All rates inclusive of package and postage.

There are back issues available at a cost of £10.00 each. Please find below the contents of each issue:

Volume 1 issue 1 (£10): 

  • The evolution of herbal medicine as an unorthodox branch of British Medicine: The role of English legislation from antiquity to 1914 Authors: Euan MacLennan and Barbara Pendry
  • An overview of Yellow Card reporting by NIMH practitioners Author: Ally Broughton
  • Statutory Regulation – a legislative basis for herbal practice Author: Michael McIntyre
  • Book Reviews

Volume 1 issue 2 (£10):

  • Part 2 – The evolution of herbal medicine as an unorthodox branch of British Medicine: The role of English legislation from antiquity to 1914 Authors: Euan MacLennan and Barbara Pendry
  • Do modern day medical herbalists have anything to learn from Anglo-Saxon medical writings? Author: Valerie Thomas
  • An herbal therapeutic approach to food intolerance and immune dysfunction: An illustrative case history Author: Non Owen
  • Book Reviews

Volume 1 issue 3 & 4 (combined) ( £20):

  • Challenges and opportunities in the advancement of herbal medicine: India’s position and role in a global context Authors: Saikat Sen, Raja Chakraborty and Biplab De
  • Perspectives on holism in the contemporary practice of western herbal medicine in the UK Author: Nina Nissen
  • Nuclear ribosomal DNA-ITS region based molecular markers to distinguish botanical entities traded as ‘Vidari’ Authors: Subramani Paranthamam Balasubramani, Gopalakrishnan Saroja Seethapathy and Padma Venkatasubramanian
  • Towards integrating traditional medicine (TM) into National Health Care Scheme (NHCS): Assessment of TM practitioners disposition in Lagos, Nigeria. Authors: O.Awodele, E.O.Agbaje, F.A. Ogunkeye, A.G. Kolapo and D.F.Awodele
  • What’s in a bottle? Prescriptions formulated by medical herbalists in a clinical trial of treatment during the menopause Authors: Alison Denham, Julia Green and Sue Hawkey
  • The duty of confidentially – modern day implications on herbal practice Author: Euan MacLennan
  • Book Review

Volume 2 issue 1(£10):

  • Perception of Health Promotion in Unani herbal Medicine Authors: Azad Hussain Lone, Tanzeel Ahmad, Mohd Anwar, Gh Sofi, Hashmat Imam and Shahida Habib
  • Exploring the practice and use of Western Herbal Medicine Authors: Nina Nissen and Sue Evans
  • Doctors’ attitudes towards the use of herbal medicine in Lagos, Nigeria Authors: O.Awodele, E.O. Agbaje, O.O.Abiola, D.F. Awodele and D.C. Dolapo
  • Herbal Medicine, vampires and the research process Author: Andrew Flower
  • Book Review

Volume 2 issue 2 (10):

  • NK cell stimulation by administration of vitamin C and Aloe Vera juice Authors: Ioannis Toliopoulos, Yannis Simos, Ioannis Verginadis, Stergios Oikonomidis and Spyros Karkabounas
  • The use of Scutellaria Lateriflora: Authors: Christine Brock, Julie Whitehouse, Ihab Tewfik and Tony Towell
  • Antioxidant capacity and phenolic constituents of Malva Neglecta Wallr, and Plantago lanceolata L. from Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey Authors: Abdullah Dalar, Musa Turker and Izabela Konczak
  • Clinical empathy: A discussion on its benefits for practitioners, students of medicine and patients Author: Richard Adams
  • Book Review

Volume 2 issue 3 (£10):

  • Antifungal activity of Lippia sidoides Cham.(Verbenaceae) against clinical isolates of Candida species:
  • Authors:Edineide Maria Figueiroa Goomes de Farais, Rafael Matos Ximenes, Lucimeri Paulino machado Magalhaes, Alda de Andrade Chiappeta, Kesia Xisto da Fonseca Ribeiro de Senam, Julianna Ferreira and Cavalcanti de Albuquerque
  • The endemic and rare plants of Madan (Elazig) and their uses in traditional medicine Authors: Selima Khatun, Kadiriye Uruc Parlak, Ridvan Polat and Ugar Cakilcioglu
  • Scullcap Scutellaria lateriflora L: An American nervine Authors: Roy Upton and R.H.DAyu
  • Data Protection in private practice Author: Euan MacLennan
  • Book Review

Volume 2 issue 4 (£10):

  • Use of importance of Quina (Cinchona spp.) and Ipeca (Carapichea ipecacuanha (Brot) L.Andersson): Plants for medicinal use from the 16th century to present Authors: Washington Soares Ferreira Junior, Margarita Paloma Cruz, Lucilene Lima dos Santos, Maria Franco Trindade Medeiros
  • Herbal Medicine commonly used against non-communicable diseases in the tropical island of Mauritius Authors: Vedamrita Chintamunnee and M.Fawzi Mahomoodally
  • Botanicals from Eastern Anglia region of Turkey: Antioxidant capacity and phenolic constituents of endemic herbal medicines Authors: Abdullah Dalar and Izabela Konczak
  • In vitro antimicrobial activities of Acalypha ornate leaf extracts on bacterial and fungal clinical isolates: Authors: P.M. Emeka, L.I.Badger-Emeka and F.Fateru
  • Book Review

Volume 3 issue 1 (£10):

  • Alleviation of diabetes induced dyslipidemia by Lagenaria siceraria fruit extract in human type 2 diabetes: Authors: Charu Katare, Sonali Saxena, Supriya Agrawal and G.B.K.S.Prasad
  • Stinging nettles leaf (Urtica dioica L.)Extraordinary vegetable medicine Author: R.Upton (USA)
  • Adulteration of products sold as Chinese Herbal medicines for weight loss with thyroid hormones and PCP Authors: M.Khazan, M.Hedayati, S.Askari & F.Azizi (Iran)
  • Book review

Volume 3 issue 2 (£10):

  • Ethanolic extracts of California mugwort (Artemisia douglaslana Besser) are cytotoxic against normal and cancerous human cells. Authors: H.Somaweera, G.C.Lai, R.Blackeye, B.Littlejohn, J.Kirksey, R.M.Aguirre, V.Lapnea, A.Pasqua & M.McCarthy Hintz (USA)
  • Preliminary antimicrobial evaluation of DAS-77 – a polyherbal medicine Authors: O.Awodele, A.J.Akindele, J.Aniete & O.O.Adeyemi (Nigeria)
  • Identity issues surrounding American Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and an optimised high performance liquid chromatography method to authenticate commercially available products. Authors: C.Brock, J.Whitehouse, I.Tewfik & T.Towell (UK)
  • Antibacterial activity of Lantana camara L. against multidrug resistant pathogens from ICU patients of a teaching hospital. Authors: D.Dubey & R.N.Padhy (India)
  • Book review

Volume 3 issue 3 (£10):

  • Melilotus: Contribution to wound healing in the diabetic foot. Authors: S.Chorepsima, K.Tentolouris, D.Dimitroulis & N.Tentolouris (Greece)
  • Unfractionated green tea and ginger polyphenols induce apoptotic, cytotoxic and antioxidant effects in hepatoma cells. Authors: M.Hessien, T.Donia, S.El-Gendy & M.A.Sikkena (Egypt)
  • Effectiveness of a herbal remedy in sux HIV patients in Nigeria. Authors: A.A.Onifade, A.P.Jewell, T.A.Ajadi, S.K.Rahamon & O.O.Ogunrun (Nigeria,UK)
  • Effect of extraction conditions on total phenolic compounds and antioxidant activities of Carica papaya leaf aqueous extracts. Authors: Q.V.Voung, S.Hirun, P.D.Roach, M.C.Bowyer, P.A.Phillips & C.J.Scarlett (Australia)
  • Traditional knowledge of Western herbal medicine and complex systems science. Authors: K.Niemeyer, I.R.Bell and M.Koithan (USA)
  • Book Review

Volume 3 issue 4 (£10):

  • Trends in Pharmacognosy: a modern science of natural medicines Author: N.Dhami (Nepal)
  • Anti-herpes virus activity of silibinin, the primary active component of Silybum marianum Authors: A.P.Cardile & G.K.N.Mbuy (USA)
  • Biochemical assessment of Ciklavit, a nutraceutical used in sickle cell anaemia management Authors: N.A.Imaga, C.E.Chukwu, A.Blankson & G.O.Gbenle (Nigeria)
  • Enhanced proapoptotic response of the promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells treated with an Uncaria tomentosa alkaloid preparation Authors: R.Pilarski, C.M.Gurrola-Diaz, P.M. Garcia-Lopez, G.Soldevila, A.Olejnik, W.Grajek & K.Gulewicz (Poland, Mexico)
  • Professional Practice – the role of western herbal medicine in the treatment of gout Authors: N.Corp and B.Pendry (UK)
  • CPD Events – Seminar by Michael Ash: Gluten Sensitivity and coeliac disease – The emerging spectrum Author: M.Mackononchie (UK)
  • Book Review

‘Disease signs in the Iris – Interpretation and Medication’

by Theodor Kriege and A.W.Priest.

This is a new copy, part of stock held since 1985. 243 pages, published in 1985 by L.N.Fowler & Co. Ltd

Part 1 is a translation from the German of the original work on iris interpretation by Theodor Kriege: Krankheitszeichen in der iris. The disease signs are considered and explained as shown in the original Iris photographs. With few exceptions, the conditions depicted have radiographic and blood investigations, as well as by the findings of surgical operations. The monochrome photographs especially highlight the structured changes and contrast values. The original text has been translated by A.W. Priest and in part 2, he correlates the iris findings with appropriate herbal and biochemic medication.

Disease signs of the Iris is intended for those who already have knowledge of the basic principles of iris diagnosis.

£12 including postage and packing (United Kingdom only)
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‘Herbal Medication – a Clinical and Dispensary Handbook’

by Priest and Priest.

The hardbacks we have were printed in 1982 and the publisher was L.N.Fowler & Co. Ltd. The soft backs were printed in 2000 and reprinted in 2005 by C.W.Daniel Company Ltd on behalf of the NIMH.

These are new books, kept since publication in NIMH’s stock room.

Successful herbal medication comprises the use of the right herb in the right form at the right time. Achieving this requires the combination of a sound understanding of the underlying therapeutic principles, a thorough knowledge of the Materia Medica, and a perfection of the practical techniques of herbal preparation, their advantages and disadvantages in any one prescription. Correct assessment, correct choice of herb and preparation to its most effective form are all essential to the resolution of the patient’s problem. Together, the three sections of this handbook cover all these aspects of treatment.

Intended for the clinical student and newly qualified practitioner, this book provides both a practical manual and a bridge between student courses and the more specialist repertories. This handbook on herbal medication is the result of many years of clinical experience and will provide a practical reference for the consulting room and the dispensary.
About the authors: Husband and wife team A.W. and L.R Priest had been engaged in the practice of natural therapeutics for more than 35 years, during the major part of which they had been involved in the teaching of professional students at all levels. Mr. A.W. Priest was a Director of Education for the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

£14 hardback including postage and packing (United Kingdom only)
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and £12 softback including postage and packing (United Kingdom only)


Herbal Exchanges

In celebration of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists 1864-2014.

The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) is celebrating 150 years since its founding in 1864. Council members decided to mark this major milestone in the history of the Institute, and of herbal medicine, with a variety of events including a commemorative book featuring herbalists from many different disciplines each sharing their knowledge of Western herbal medicine.

Entitled Herbal Exchanges the work is edited by Hananja Brice-Ytsma and Frances Watkins and is an eclectic mix of articles commissioned to celebrate this special occasion. Herbal heritage includes a synopsis of the history of NIMH and a detailed account of practicing herbal medicine during the First World War in the East End of London. The section on herbal research explores the outlook for herbal medicine, the role of herbalists and the learning we have obtained from plants. Practitioner reflections of herbal medicine and encounters of herbal medicine as a patient give intriguing insights to the rich diversity of herbalists. Herbal therapeutics is a far reaching chapter that looks at managing the menace of antimicrobial resistance to premature ovarian failure and infertility. Contributors include Jan de Vries, Barbara Griggs, Alison Denham, Julian Barker, Michael McIntyre, Kerry Bone and many more. The final section of the book focuses on herbal philosophy or in the words of medical herbalist Jonathan Treasure, ‘Western herbal medicine – back to the future’.

‘Every single member of NIMH, whether their name is recognised or not is a hero of herbal medicine. Quietly going about the business of caring for patients, NIMH members have embodied herbal medicine for 150 years’ 

Laura Stannard, President, National Institute of Medical Herbalists.

A copy of Herbal Exchanges costs £10.00 plus £2.80 postage and packing to a UK address. You can order up to 4 copies using the Paypal button below. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.*For international orders and 5+ copies to a UK address please email for a specific postal rate.



NIMH members should log onto the members site and enter Herbal Exchanges in the search box to purchase the book at a members’ rate.