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Exploring the Use of Schedule 20 Herbs in Herbal Practice

When: 13th November, 2:00 pm - 20th November, 5:00 pm

This seminar will focus on the practical use of these celebrated plants and reaffirm their crucial use in Herbal Practice.

This event will take place over two, 3 hour sessions on consecutive Saturdays (13 & 20 November)

This course is aimed at practicing medical herbalists and student herbalists on the use of schedule 20 herbs in day to day practice. The speakers; Alison Denham MA FNIMH and Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH are very experienced both in herbal practice and as educators, well practiced in teaching herbal medicine.  The aim is to make the sessions interactive and help practitioners to feel more confident about using herbs which may be unfamiliar as they are not necessarily used regularly in day-to-day practice.


Session 1

The first session will start with an overview of the relevant UK legislation, the Human Medicine Regulations 2012, and explain how Fred Fletcher-Hyde FNIMH was involved in determining the original Schedule III herbs which became Schedule 20.

We will then cover the herbs containing tropane alkaloids: Atropa belladonna, Datura stramonium and Hyoscyamus niger and then external usage of Aconitum spp.

Handouts: Powerpoint of session, Summary of Human Medicines Regulations, Word document as template for Dispensary notice of dosage for Schedule 20.


Session 2

The second session will start with an overview of the 1998 survey of NIMH Members usage of Schedule 20 (then Schedule III) and then cover Chelidonium majus, Convallaria majalis, Gelsemium sempervirens, Lobelia inflata and Ephedra sinica.


As an example of prescription design, we will discuss a prescription including Convallaria majalis for a man in his 80s with atrial fibrillation.


Using the Swiss Cheese model of risk, determination of dosage in day-to-day practice is important so there will be discussion of dosage and prescribing including short-term remedies and external remedies where relevant.


About the speakers:

Alison Denham MA FNIMH qualified as a herbal practitioner in 1984 and is now retired. She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. She is an expert of the safety of herbal medicines and a former Member of the Herbal Medicine Advisory Committee of the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Alison taught on the BSc Herbal Medicine and then the e-learning MSc programmes in Herbal Medicine and Integrated Healthcare at the University of Central Lancashire until 2016.

Publications include: Tobyn, G., Denham, A., & Whitelegg, M. (2011). The western herbal tradition: 2000 years of medicinal plant knowledge. Edinburgh, UK: Elsevier.

The focus of her current research is on the publications of John Skelton (1805-1880) who was a leading Chartist and later a prominent herbal practitioner.

Keith Robertson MSc FNIMH is a much respected visionary and pioneer of traditional energetic and contemplative approaches in professional herbal training in the UK. Keith originally trained at the School of Herbal Medicine in Kent. Upon gaining membership of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists he was elected to the Council and served as Student Liaison Officer, before standing down in order to establish the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Glasgow with his wife Maureen in 1992. They then ran the School together for the next 18 years training to BSc (Hons) and MSc level. In recognition of this, as well as his work with the NIMH and EHPTA Accreditation Boards, he was awarded a Fellowship in 2004 in acknowledgement of his services to herbal education. He has been in practice since 1989.

He is also an experienced organic gardener having worked on the land for over 3 decades and is involved in researching Stock Free Growing on his farm on the Isle of Arran for the Vegan Organic Network. He believes firmly in an interactive learning environment and considers that any teaching on plants should have the plants themselves present, so the day will involve direct experience with the plants discussed. He is inspired in this by a contemplative and experiential approach first suggested by the German polymath Goethe and developed over the years by the team at SSHM.

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