Author Archives: Robyn James

Lincoln conference of Herbal Medicine

We have now confirmed details for an exciting programme of talks and workshops at the Lincoln conference of Herbal Medicine at Riseholme campus from 9th to 10th July. This two day conference will explore the complexities of herbal medicine therapeutics. … Continue reading

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Lincoln conference of Herbal Medicine

We are just putting the finishing touches to our programme for a herbal conference this summer, with the theme ‘Medics or Magicians?’ at the beautiful Riseholme campus in Lincoln. Keep the weekend of 9th-10th July free! The conference is open … Continue reading

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Galenic Constitutions

In History and Philosophy of Herbal Medicine over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at the Galenic concepts of constitutions: the choleric, sanguine, melancholic and phlegmatic temperaments. These constitutions are based on the classical idea that you … Continue reading

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Herbal remedies for anxiety

You may have seen some of the publicity last week about a new study published in the peer-reviewed Nutrition Journal suggesting that herbal and nutritional remedies could be effective in the treatment of anxiety and anxiety-linked disorders. The study concerned … Continue reading

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The Emperor’s New Drugs

Are conventional antidepressants simply placebos? On Wednesday 6th October the Lincoln Academy hosted a talk by Irving Kirsch, professor of psychology at the University of Hull, in which he suggested exactly that. His meta-analyses of the published and unpublished trials … Continue reading

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Japanese garden trip

As is Lincoln tradition, we took the new students on a trip to the beautiful Japanese garden in North Clifton on the Friday of Freshers week. The weather was rather cool, but as it had been tipping down the previous … Continue reading

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NSS scores success

Just bragging this week – the Complementary Medicine (Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture) team were very proud of our excellent results in the National Student Survey. Our graduates gave us an average score of 4.42 out of 5 over the 22 … Continue reading

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Elderberry Rob

It’s not really a good year for Elderberries in Sheffield. Nevertheless, I was determined to make some Elderberry Rob this weekend because I haven’t had any the last couple of years and it’s such a lovely recipe. And I’ve already … Continue reading

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Researching the history of western herbal medicine

Earlier this year, I attended a couple of seminars on researching the history of western herbal medicine, organised by Middlesex University. They were both fascinating events, which brought together classical and medieval historians, medical herbalists and other academic and independent … Continue reading

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Research into art and science

So, I always imagine that I will have time free in the summer to get on with lots of ongoing projects. In semester time, I blithely pictured myself updating this blog weekly, in between long afternoons of lazing around in … Continue reading

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