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Herbal medicine research: What role does a herbalist play?

Written by Marion Mackonochie

Herbal research has risen exponentially over the years and herbalists play a vital role. We explain herbal research is vital for our evolving practise.

There has been an increase in herbal research over the last 30 years. A search for the terms “herb OR herbal OR botanical” on PubMed in April 2022 brought up nearly 130,000 results and around 96% of those had been published in the last 30 years. Of those studies, nearly 3000 were systematic reviews or meta-analyses, which are considered the gold standard in evidence-based medicine. For a healing tradition that is centuries old, modern, formal scientific interest is really only just beginning.

Marion Mackonochie is a medical herbalist and member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. She initially studied a degree in pharmacology and worked in publishing on drug discovery journals. Feeling a disillusioned by what she could see of the pharmaceutical industry and being a lover of plants, she retrained with a degree in herbal medicine followed by a masters in phytochemistry and medicinal natural products.
Everything Marion does, from seeing patients to planning research projects as Senior Herbal Specialist at Pukka Herbs, is aimed at figuring out what works best for every individual. She is passionate about helping people gain control of their own health through diet, lifestyle and herbal medicine. Every consultation allows her to learn from the narratives of others, but she is also interested in the wider narrative of the history of medicine and how we have got to where we are with herbal medicine and health.
Marion lives and practises by the sea in Brighton, growing herbs in her garden, making skincare products and spending as much time in nature as she can.

Marion Mackonochie

Marion Mackonochie is a medical herbalist and member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. She initially studied a degree in pharmacology and worked in publishing on drug discovery journals. Feeling a disillusioned by what she could see of the pharmaceutical industry and being a lover of plants, she retrained with a degree in herbal medicine followed by a masters in phytochemistry and medicinal natural products.
Everything Marion does, from seeing patients to planning research projects as Senior Herbal Specialist at Pukka Herbs, is aimed at figuring out what works best for every individual. She is passionate about helping people gain control of their own health through diet, lifestyle and herbal medicine. Every consultation allows her to learn from the narratives of others, but she is also interested in the wider narrative of the history of medicine and how we have got to where we are with herbal medicine and health.
Marion lives and practises by the sea in Brighton, growing herbs in her garden, making skincare products and spending as much time in nature as she can.

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