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Find out about the herbs you could use by making a search in the herbal materia medica section, or go to the illnesses A-Z section, or, to make it easy for you, simply email me for information. I normally reply the same day.
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If you are interested in some of the wider aspects of herbalism, or wish to find out about wheatgrass or synergistic herbs, parasite treatment, clearing gall stones, treating a leg ulcer, click here for a full overview – A to Z.
Perhaps you have a searching, enquiring mind, you want to know what drugs come from what herbs, or a short but detailed history of herbalism, or forerunners of modern herbal medicine, or you have a real desire to find out about the deeper aspects and inner purpose of herbalism, then you will not leave without being totally satisfied, or at least with a lot to think about!
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If you want to know about the herbs of medical herbalism
Go to our full listing of medicinal herbs and their medicinal action and uses, their temperature and meridian influence. Short and to the point. Materia medica
How are our herbal medicines made and how do they work?
Our herbal medicines are made at our dedicated clinic/dispensary. Our herbal medicines are tinctures at different strengths according to the directions of the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia; the strengths of our tinctures range from 1:1, 1:3, 1:5, 1:10; most of our tinctures are 1:5. The tinctures are made from certified organic grain alcohol. Alcohol extracts are made with a range of strengths, from 25% to 90% depending on whether we are extracting flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves, barks, roots, gums, oils, or combinations of these.
Wildcrafting. I also make fresh herb tinctures. This is the collection of fresh herbs e.g. hawthorn flowers or berries, or yarrow herb, or elder flower, etc., I then add less water to the weight of the herb and the right amount of alcohol to extract the fresh plant material. This is called wildcrafting. I particularly enjoy collecting wild herbs from the countryside (I’m extrememly eco-considerate and never collect more than I need, nor all from the same area). I love insects, butterflies, hedgehogs, moles, and of course birds. Every year from spring to summer to autumn I make a lot of different fresh wildcrafted tinctures for the benefit of my patients.
Alcohol is formed from the starch of organic grain which undergoes fermentation. Alcohol=ethyl alcohol=ethanol are synonymous terms. During fermentation, starch in the grain is converted into glucose and then yeast to produce alcohol. Alcohol for tincture making is used as an extractant of the active constituents of the herb; it is also a preservative of the extract lasting 5 years or more (I have bottles of herbal tinctures made in the 1930s that are still active and smell fresh as though made yesterday!); alcohol is quickly absorbed from the stomach and intestine (by-passing digestion) into the bloodstream where the constituents are carried to the organs and cells to activate their function (called trophorestoration).
What happens to the alcohol in the body?
Alcohol is broken down by the liver by an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase. Acetaldehyde forms from the breakdown of alcohol. Alcohol is also broken down in the blood at the ratio of 15mg per 100ml per hour by men (10mg by women). So from a dose of 5ml (5000mg) of herbal medicine where the alcohol content is 25% (1.25ml) the breakdown is quick and will not be noticed at all by the patient, yet the delivery to the targeted area is assured.
Glycerites are alcohol-free extracts made from certified organic vegetable glycerine. Both tinctures and glycerites are cold extracts and allowed to soak (but shaken daily) for a minimum of a month before being pressed out to maximize the extracting quality and strength.
We use organic herbs wherever possible. We also use wildcrafted herbs (medicinal herbs collected from the clean, clear countryside).
Our prices are realistic and lower than all who have equivalent extracts. See our prices
If you are visiting the Godshaer/HERBACTIVE site
because you landed up here somehow or you heard about it and had to have a look for yourself, go into the various areas and I guarantee you’ll find something that you’ll like, the EHA tonic,, or the history of herbalism or the information about Hawthon or Horny Goat Weed, or the fascinating story about the Godshaer herb, after which the Clinic and Shop was named.
What’s in a name? what’s special about Godshaer Fern? – we named our first clinic after this herb
Find out about the special folk mythology about the Godshaer Fern and its amazing medicinal qualities, while the stream in the forest flows by….
Find out about the history of Godshaer renamed Herbactive in 2012.
HERBACTIVE’s Unique Spirit!
Alan Hopking Celebrates over 35 Years as a Herbal Practitioner!
Alan Hopking is the herbal medicine consultant for UK’s leading monthly health
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He writes a monthly article about herbs and herbalism
and answers questions in his column.
See his article on Stevia in UK’s most informative monthly medical health magazine
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Alan also writes articles for ICON Magazine the celebrated monthly for alternative treatments of cancer.
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