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Herbal Quality Control & Safety

Herbal Medicine is incredibly safe

Detractors of traditional medicine like to suggest that herbs are dangerous. The truth is that it is incredibly rare for there to be any serious adverse reaction to taking Chinese Herbal Medicine, both statistically and in terms of people’s actual experience. Even mildly unpleasant reactions like nausea or diarrhoea are infrequent, and quickly pass. Literally hundreds of billions of herbal medicine prescriptions have been taken during the history of Chinese Medicine, and the experience of both patients and physicians is that herbs are safe and effective, when prescribed by a master herbalist.


Personal experience

During over 20 years of prescribing thousands of prescriptions, I have never seen anything more severe than a minor tummy upset lasting a few days as a result of taking herbs. I monitor the liver function of at-risk patients before and during taking herbal medicine and have a Masters Degree in herbal toxicology.


Every herbalist at Thrive is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, who work with the Bristol Chinese Herb Garden and with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in building botanical knowledge of high quality herbal medicines.

We use herbs obtained through companies on the Approved Suppliers Scheme, which aims to provide reassurance to patients about the quality and safety of their medicines. Approved suppliers are audited by a trained pharmaceutical auditor, with standards based on those required for pharmaceutical products.


Say no to endangered species

As a past-President of the RCHM I have campaigned against the use of endangered plant and animal products. We strongly condemn the illegal trade in endangered species and would absolutely never be involved in their use.


The RCHM uses information supplied by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Wildlife Liaison Office of the Metropolitan Police and the Department of the Environment, all of whom work to stop the trade in illegal substances wherever it is found.


Pam Hardyment, London

“I have had a brilliant Christmas and (usually for me) SAD season, whatever you did, I felt upbeat, fought off flu’s, and have had the best Christmas ever, with positive vibes and all good things, and I think I have to thank you, for what you did. Will see you late January for a booster!”

Vena Ramphal, London

I really liked how we started with the work on nutrition and my relationship with food.  This physical work acted as a safety net for the energetic emotional shifts that the breath and body work brought on. They were quite full on!

Isabel, Muswell Hill

“Ross is  a highly skilled, warm and empathetic practitioner of acupuncture and his treatment has helped me with a range of issues including stress and musculoskeletal problems”

Alex Brown, London

“The best way I can describe what Stefan does is to say that there are times when I have gone to see him feeling like I'm "broken" due to stress, over work, the death of my brother and other life experiences that have been hard to deal with. And in a simple sentence I leave feeling "fixed". Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative“