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Katie Pande

Katie is a qualified Medical Herbalist, and member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), currently practicing in Shaftesbury. Katie holds a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine and a BSc (Hons) in Plant and Environmental Biology.

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My decision to study herbal medicine was sparked whilst I was studying for a degree in plant biology in Scotland. I spent the summer of my 2nd year in Egypt undertaking conservation work and, unfortunately became ill. No conventional medicines proved effective, and it was only after taking advice from the local Bedouin ‘medicine man’ that I started to recover. I’ve since deduced that this miracle plant was a relative of the Thyme family. It made me aware of how plants have the power to support whole communities by becoming sources of food, shelter and, most importantly, medicine. It was this experience that encouraged me to embark on a second degree in herbal medicine.

I am passionate about herbs because they stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. One of the most important philosophies in herbal medicine is not to mimic the natural regulatory processes of the body but to stimulate these processes so that the body can then heal itself. In today’s society it can be difficult to regain our connection to nature and the earth: The incorporation of healing plants into our daily lives can help us reconnect with the earth and also encourage our body’s natural rhythms which can become somewhat lost in the workings of the modern world. I believe that true healing is rooted in enabling the individual to reconnect to themselves and helping them to understand the health of their whole body.