Herbal Medicine in Treating Gynaecological Conditions Volume 2

Specific Conditions and Management Through the Practical Usage of Herbs

By (author) Hananja Brice-Ytsma, By (author) Nathalie Chidley

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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : April 2024
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 546
  • Size : 152mm(w) x 229mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 95238
  • ISBN 13 : 9781801520058
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An in depth textbook outlining a holistic approach to using herbal medicine to treat specific conditions seen in gynaecology.

In a much needed discussion surrounding gynaecological health, Hananja Brice-Ytsma and Nathalie Chidley expertly integrate traditional knowledge and clinical research to tackle a number of gynaecological conditions, outlining comprehensive treatments for each, employing the bounty of herbal medicine.

Through distinct and comprehensive chapters, each discussing a different condition, the authors provide clear understanding of the physiological processes behind each condition, deepening the reader’s understanding of the herbs in the context of female health.

Included in the text are dietary and lifestyle sections with research directly relevant to each condition, enabling a practitioner to make informed, evidence-based recommendations. The second section of the book includes monographs of ‘non hormonal herbs’ traditionally used in female health. These are herbs with a long tradition of use in gynaecology and were not covered in the first volume of this series.

With its valuable, in-depth research and accessible format – complete with photographs of the relevant herbs – Herbal Medicine in Treating Gynaecological Conditions Volume 2 is a must for the bookshelf of any practitioner or student of herbal medicine.

Herbal Medicine in Treating Gynaecological Conditions Volume 1 was co-written with Adrian McDermott and published by Aeon in 2020. It discusses in detail understanding the principles of hormones and herbal influences.

About the author

By (author) Hananja Brice-Ytsma

Hananja Brice-Ytsma is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalist, and has practised herbal medicine extensively in the UK working in private practice and in the training clinic at Middlesex University for over thirty years.

She qualified as a Naturopath in 1982 and then as a Medical Herbalist in 1990. In 1995, Hananja helped pioneer Britain’s first BSc degree in Herbal Medicine in partnership with Middlesex University, where she practised at the University training clinic. She is a co-founder and Clinical Director at the Heartwood Professional course for Herbal Medicine.

Hananja’s practice marries science with tradition, using the knowledge gained from new research to enhance the established traditions of herbal medicine, including the crucial importance of nutrition to health.

She has lectured at Middlesex University and widely throughout the UK for her specialist experience in gynaecology, paediatrics, pharmacology, herbal therapeutics and sees a large number of patients with gynaecological problems referred to her by GPs and hospital consultants.

Hananja has contributed to the BBC series and accompanying books Grow Your Own Drugs, and co-edited the book Herbal Exchanges in 2014, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. Her latest book Herbal Medicine in Treating Gynaecological Conditions, was co written with Adrian McDermott.

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By (author) Nathalie Chidley

Nathalie Chidley began to study herbal medicine in 1991 at evening classes with Christopher Hedley. After a chance meeting in a village in the Himalayas signposted her to the degree course at Middlesex University, she formally qualified in 2000 with a BSc in herbal medicine.


She went on to work as Dispensary Supervisor at the Archway Clinic of Herbal Medicine, the training clinic associated with Middlesex University’s Herbal Medicine degree. Nathalie and Hananja Brice-Ytsma worked closely together at the clinic for more than a decade on a number of projects including a popular series of CPD lectures and workshops.


At this time she also contributed to the BBC series and accompanying books, Grow Your Own Drugs.


Since moving away from London, she has been practising as a herbalist in a market town in Suffolk and working for Heartwood, training student herbalists.


Nathalie makes many of her own tinctures from herbs she grows on her allotment and is particularly interested in herbal creams and other external preparations.

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