Marion Mackonochie BSc MSc mCPP – Medical Herbalist
I am a qualified medical herbalist and member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. I have been interested in health and healing for many years. When treating people I combine my up-to-date scientific knowledge, and awareness of pharmaceutical drugs (which many people are necessarily taking alongside herbal remedies) with a holistic approach. My aim is to help you take control of your own health and to find ways to maintain health and wellness naturally.
I started my career by studying pharmacology and physiology at University College London, then edited science journals for the pharmaceutical industry. A growing awareness of the limitations of conventional medicine for treating many disorders, and positive personal experiences with herbs led to my interest in herbalism. I studied for a BSc in herbal medicine at Middlesex University for which I achieved a First Class Honours and was awarded the Ellis Snitcher prize for Herbal Medicine.
I am interested in Endobiogenics, which is a new approach to herbal medicine that focuses on the role of the endocrine (hormone) system in managing the body. It enables greater understanding of how the body adapts to new situations or stresses and why this can lead to disease and functional disorders. This enables more accurate assessments of where things might be going wrong in the body and, therefore, more effective treatment. I incorporate the theories into my approach to investigate how the body is functioning and let this guide how I choose the herbs I use.
In September 2016 I completed a Master’s degree with distinction in medicinal natural products and phytochemistry at UCL School of Pharmacy and was awarded a Dean’s List Certificate for academic achievement. For me, the best thing about studying this area is figuring out why herbs work the way they do, how we can improve on the way they are taken and prescribed and how plants are used around the world by different cultures.
“Whence flow spontaneously the genuine virtues of medicines, diffused universally over the face of the whole earth, where nothing grows in vain”
– preface to Culpepper’s Complete herbal, 1826