Catherine Schofield (BSc BA MSc MNIMH) -Stockport Herbalist

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Catherine Schofield

Bsc(Hons) BA (Hons) MSc MNIMH 

Medical Herbalist

Stockport, Cheshire


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I am qualified medical herbalist practising in Stockport, Cheshire. I hold a first class honours degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Central Lancashire.

If you are looking for a natural approach to your health problems then herbal medicine may be for you. I hope this web-site answers most of your questions about herbal medicine and my practice.

If you would like to find out more about my practice or how herbal medicine could help you - call me on 07947 128 709  for a short no-obligation chat or email me at  I will be happy to help.

I am a member of the 

 medical herbalists

  I am passionate about my practice and the very special benefits I believe herbal medicine can bring to my patients. I provide a caring, therapeutic environment, where you will be given time to explore your health concerns in full.  I use high quality, carefully sourced, gentle, but effective herbal remedies'.

Although I have experience in many aspects of herbal medicine I have a special interest and training in skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, eczema;   Fatigue conditions - ME and Fibromyalgia; Digestive conditions - IBS and Crohn's disease. I also have experience with menopausal, gynaecological and men's health issues such as prostatitis.

Nutrition and diet 

I have also studied nutritional therapy and believe that for many conditions nutrition and diet can be crucial. I use nutritional therapy to complement herbal treatment where appropriate to give my patients a more complete therapeutic programe.

Herbal medicine - 

alternative and complementary health

A therapy for you?

Herbal medicine can help you, not only with the relief of your symptoms, but it also assists you towards gaining much deeper and more lasting health benefits. Herbs and the specialist practice of herbal medicine can bring great and sometimes unique health benefits. It can be used by men women and children of all ages, from the very young to the very elderly. Although it is a traditional form of medicine, it is as relevant to us in the modern world, as it ever was.

With professional advice, you can use herbs and herbal medicine to help with a wide range of medical conditions; For example. 

  • Skin complaints: acne, eczema, psoriasis 
  • Musculo-skeletal prblems: osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cardio-vascular complaints: high blood pressure etc.,
  • Digestive conditions, IBS, Chron's disease, diverticultis,
  • Gynaecological and menopausal problems, irregular periods, hot flushes,PCOS
  • Insomnia, stress, nervous states, anxiety states, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia
  • Respiratory problems, sinusitis, asthma etc.,
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Men's health issues, prostatitis, Benign prostatic hyperplasia ED 
  • and much, much more - just ask... 

(If you are unsure about whether herbal medicine could help you,I am always happy to have and informal, no obligation,chat. Telephone or email me for more information).   

For Information the following topics just click on the title:

Tips for a good night's sleep

Skin conditions

Why am I tired all the time?

Click on the links or visit the Herbs for Health page of this website

Why visit a herbalist? 

Over the counter herbal remedies may be helpful for minor conditions, such as the medicines you may buy from a pharmacy, but just as you might visit your doctor, for more complex and serious problems, if you choose to use a natural alternative, such as herbal medicine, you will access the skills and resources of a trained herbalist, which can have a number of advantages. See the Why visit a herbalist? page of this website for more information. 

Herbal Medicine: an holistic therapy

Herbal medicine is an holistic therapy. The health of your whole body is considered with the aim of identifying and resolving any underlying health conditions, that might be contributing to your symptoms. Therefore, dietary, nutritional and life-style advice often form an important part of the the therapy. This allows you to take control of your health in a much more positive way.

With expert advice, herbal medicine may also be used safely in conjunction with treatment from your doctor.

Herbal medicine uniquely formulated for you

As herbal medicine takes your specific health profile into account, the herbal medicines that you will be given as a result of your consultation will be uniquely tailored and individually formulated for you using a variety of different herbs taken from the huge number available to me as a trained medical herbalist. I mainly use traditional western medicinal herbs, but I also sometimes include some Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal medicines in my remedies.

I use a careful selection of herbs to make up a medicine which is designed to give you, not only symptomatic relief, but also to assist you towards regaining and maintaining a future 'healthier you'. This medicine may be adjusted as you progress with treatment. This is only one of the reasons why visiting a herbalist can often be much more effective than using over the counter herbs and proprietary herbal remedies. (For more details see the Why Visit a Medical Herbalist page of this web-site).

Are herbs effective as medicine?

Herbs have probably been used as medicine since the beginning of mankind and indeed, until relatively recently, medicinal herbs were the mainstay of much conventional medical practice. even today many drugs are still initially synthesised from plants. Additionally, more and more scientific evidence is being found regarding the real physiological effects that herbs can have on the body. 

The practice of western herbal medicine is firmly based in the orthodox medical tradition, but uniquely medical herbalists combine both traditional herbal knowledge and modern-day research into medicinal plants to bring you an alternative way to manage and support your health and well-being. For lots of herb information click on the tab for my Blog page

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

As a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (MNIMH) I have undergone extensive professional training. Members are only admitted to the Institute by examination and this follows graduation from an accredited university or equivalent course. Studies will have included the medical sciences, clinical and diagnostic skills, herbal medicine, herbal pharmacy, pharmacology, nutrition and allied topics. The letters MNIMH or FNIMH after a practitioner's name are your assurance of a regulated professional.

Continued professional development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement for members, which is monitored by the Institute.

Medical Herbalists are trained to treat their patients as individuals and plan their therapeutic strategies accordingly. You can check for NIMH membership by visiting the NIMH web-site via the link at the bottom of this page or you can contact them by telephone. My practice is regulated by NIMH and as such, I conform to a strict code of professional ethics and conduct. 

  • NIMH Press Release: Herbal Alternatives to HRT in response to article in 'The Lancet'on how HRT 'increases ovarian cancer risk'
  • History of herbal medicine - link to great little educational film on You tube
  • Frankincense: makes great sense for osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases
  • Herbal help for your hair: herbs to make the most of your crowning glory
  • Herbal help for your skin - eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • Herbs for hot flushes and the menopause
  • Herbs for a good night's sleep  
  • Good health starts with good digestion - herbs for digestive problems  

 Links: want to know more about herbs and herbal medicine?

Historical herbal medicine texts 

Modern herbal medicine

Mrs Grieve: A Modern Herbal

National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Culpeper's Complete Herbal

Henriettes herbal

Gerard's Herbal 

College of Phytotherapy Practitioners


My main practice is based in Stockport. In some cases home visits can be arranged, to surrounding areas of South Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire. For example Marple, New Mills, Disley, Hayfield, Glossop, Didsbury, Manchester, Wilsmslow, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Alderley Edge. Please enquire. N.B. There may be an additional charge made for home visits