Medical Herbalist Christine Haughton at The Dispensary Saturday 20th September

Christine Haughton, Medical Herbalist, is next with us on Saturday 20th September from 10 - 3 p.m.  If you would like to have a general chat about your well being or ask a specific query, just pop into our shop at 6 Hunter Street, Whitby and see Christine. It’s free and there’s no need to book. Christine also offers free blood pressure checks.

Christine is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
For more information about medical herbalism and Christine’s work please visit her website at

or listen to a 10 minute talk about herbal medicine on our website http://www.thedispensary.org.uk/physical/physical-10min-talks

If you’d like to find out more about what we do at The Dispensary, please visit 

The photo above is of Hawthorn (Crataegus)The botanical name of hawthorn is derived from the Greek kratos meaning hardness (of the wood), oxus (sharp), and acantha (a thorn). The German name of hagedornmeans hedgethorn; haw is also an old word for hedge.

Hawthorn was traditionally used in Europe for kidney and bladder stones and as a diuretic. In China, the berries of Crataegus pinnatifida, known as shan zha, are mainly taken for symptoms of 'food stagnation', which can include abdominal bloating, indigestion, flatulence and diarrhoea. They are believed to 'move' the blood, and are used to relieve stagnation in dysmenorrhoea and after childbirth.

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